Can This Vitamin Replace Cardio?

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Vitamin and nutrient supplements allow us to live our busy lives, in hope that we can support our health by popping Flintstone-shaped chalk candy full of the good stuff that our bodies need to survive. Though the best vitamin sources come from food, we live in the world of fast food and quick fixes, so adding a few pills to your day is much easier than seeking out a balanced diet. This also holds true for exercise. If there were a pill that could do it all, the currently soaring fitness industry would crumble. Ironically, vitamin C, well known for helping us work through colds, and protecting us from scurvy, could supplement the benefits of your elliptical.

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Overweight Slow Blood

Studies show that blood vessels of overweight adults show an increased activity of vessel-constricting proteins. This narrows blood vessels and reduces blood flow activity. Combined with bad eating habits and low physical activity levels, cardiovascular health suffers greatly. Usually to combat this problem, you’ll need prescribed heart medication, or a combination of diet and exercise.. Yet, studies show that Vitamin C might hold the answer.

Start taking more of that vitamin C

Put down the fat burners and protein shakes! Unless you really love exercise, cancel your gym membership and head over to your nearest fruit stand. Lemons, oranges and grapefruits are the answer! Okay, not exactly, but in an experiment, vitamin C was shown to improve blood vessel function and lower the activity of the vessel constricting protein. The trial was done with time release capsules ( 500mg if you want to try it), but I’m sure going the way of citrus is tastier, and more appealing than slaving over a stairmaster.

It’s still important to exercise and take your vitamins together in moderation, but if you’re in a rush, take a vitamin C pill or eat an orange — it can replace the treadmill for the day.