You should exercise. There is copious amounts of data that shows exercise in any of its many, wondrous forms can reduce your likelihood of life-threatening illnesses like cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, but if you can’t exercise, our old cold-bustin’, antioxidant-burstin’ buddy, Vitamin C, may be able to pick up some of the slack, vascularly.
A recent study on obese and overweight adults found that vitamin C showed similar vascular benefits to exercise. This is because people who carry extra bulk tend to have more endothelin-1, a protein that constricts small blood vessels. Exercise has been shown to reduce the activity of this protein, but now it looks like 500mg of vitamin C taken daily, can provide endothelin-thinning action similar to walking.
Although vitamin C can in no way replace exercise, this study indicates that it can improve vascular functioning in the small blood vessels through supplementation. So if you skip the gym, make sure you get plenty of vitamin C. Studies have also shown that Vit C may assist in connective tissue repair, boost athletes’ immune systems even after rigorous training and reduce the effects of exercise-induced asthma.
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