Is there anything vitamin C cannot do? As more and more research comes out on this powerful nutrient, it seems like vitamin C is part of almost everything your body does. In fact, the latest research indicates that hitting your daily vitamin C intake can help you in your weight loss efforts.
How Vitamin C Helps Weight Loss
When it comes to weight loss, everyone knows that you have to improve reading habits, taking fewer calories, and get moving. However, that many major lifestyle changes at once can be difficult for one person to tackle. Making small changes that yield results can be even better.
Vitamin C assists in weight loss by improving our cardiovascular health. One of the main benefits of exercise is improving your heart strength, and vitamin C achieves the same effect as exercise in this measure.
What the Research Says
The research that yielded this finding looked at the cardiovascular health of overweight and obese adults with sedentary lifestyles. The research put just over half of the group on a walking regimen that involved a brisk walks several times per week. The other group received 500 mg of vitamin C every day during the trial.
The results were shocking. Both the walking group and the vitamin C group experienced significant improvements in cardiovascular health. While no one is suggesting that exercise is unnecessary, this may be one way of helping people jump into a healthier lifestyle.
People who are overweight or obese may have difficulty starting exercise programs, particularly if their joints or heart have suffered as a result of their weight. Vitamin C allows them to strengthen their heart and enjoy the benefits of exercise while changing their lifestyle enough to begin exercising.
It’s important to note that 500 mg of vitamin C is a substantial amount, given that the recommendations range from 30 to 180 mg per day. However, due to vitamin C’s water-soluble nature, any extra vitamin C is flushed out of the body.
Getting More Vitamin C Into Your Diet
In this study discussed above, participants took supplements to reach 500 mg of vitamin C per day. However, it is always preferable to get your vitamins and minerals through food, rather than supplements. The body has an easier time processing and using nutrients that come from food.
There are plenty of foods that have tons of vitamin C, so you can fit your recommended daily intake every day without having to munch on oranges at every meal. To increase your vitamin C intake, try these foods:
- Citrus fruits
- Dark leafy greens
- Brussel sprouts
- Bell peppers
With so many fruits and vegetables that have vitamin C, you can spread out your vitamin C consumption throughout the day and make sure that your body is using everything you give it.
Not only does vitamin C strengthen your heart and give you some exercise benefits, it can protect your immune system as you head into cold and flu season. There are plenty of reasons to make sure you fill up on vitamin C.
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