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Vitamin C supplements could be as effective as exercise: study

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Sep 8, 2015, 6:38 pm IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 9:51 pm IST
Daily vitamin C intake could lower ET-1 activity
This picture is used for representation purpose only.
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Recent studies claim that daily vitamin C supplements could be as effective as walking in improving the health of obese people. Those overweight people, who fail to regularly exercise, can now take daily vitamin C tablets – the equivalent to one Berocca tablet – for maintaining cardiovascular health.

Researchers at the University of Colorado studied whether vitamin C supplements could lower ET-1 activity - endothelin (ET)-1 is a small vessel-constricting protein. They analysed around 35 sedentary, overweight or obese adults for a period of three months.

 

While twenty of the study participants took daily supplements, fifteen had aerobic exercise training daily. The researchers found that daily intake of vitamin C – 500mg a day – decreased ET-1 related vessel constriction as much as walking did.

The study findings will be presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, according to the Daily Mail

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