Move over exercise. It seems like taking a lot of vitamin C supplements can mimic the same effect. How is this possible?
A study presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, showed that taking in vitamin C supplements is just like exercising. Weight loss and physical activity is important for those who are suffering from obesity, and those that need to maintain their weight.
Unfortunately, only half of those with diagnosed obesity and who are overweight can follow the prescribed exercise regimen. So this is how intake of vitamin C supplements can help those who need to lose weight and cannot do exercises.
How is vitamin C intake able to help the obese and overweight? To make it simple, the blood vessels of those obese and overweight adults are prone to becoming smaller and constriction. This is because of the high ET-1 activity (I know, too scientific). Now, exercising has been effective in reducing this ET-1 activity, which will not make the blood vessels constricted.
But not everyone finds it easy to exercise. So researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, experimented on vitamin C supplements. They found that daily intake of vitamin C, at least 500 mg/day, time-released, significantly lowered ET-1-activity.
So if you want to have healthy blood vessels and mimic the same effects of exercising, eat lots of vitamin C and take supplements.
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