Researchers have found that a daily supplement of vitamin C is just as good as a morning walk in overweight or obese adults, who cannot manage to implement regular exercise in their routine. It is an issue addressed many times over, but has recently been found that it can work as an additional method of achieving weight loss.
A study conducted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has found that a daily dose of vitamin C can have the cardiovascular benefits as a morning walk, that most either do not have the energy or the time for. It takes quite a lot to implement exercise into busy schedules, and while it’s entirely worth it, it can also reportedly be aided by supplements.
Commonly, adults who are overweight or suffering from obesity feature high activity within the small blood vessels of a protein called endothelin (ET)-1. The increased activity further causes the vessels to thicken and constricts the blood flow, a trait frequently associated with the risk of developing heart problems.
Exercise has a fix for the frequently seen issue, as it has been proven to reduce the activity of ET-1, but studies have also shown that around half of the population who are either overweight or even obese do no manage or outright refuse to include it in their day-to-day schedules.
Researchers have thus studied, and observed that a daily dose of 500 mg of vitamin C can effectively lower the ET-1 activity levels, which helps prevent the constriction of vessels. However, while the results do not equal that of the recommended 30 minutes per day of exercising, it does seem to feature the same benefits of a leisure morning walk.
And it’s certainly easier to include an intake of vitamins into your schedule.
Vitamin C is easily available in certain fruits, such as oranges, lemons, and many others including in the form of pills, and has been showed to have high health benefits when taken in limited supply. It has been proven to also combat a few diseases, along with aiding in the immune system’s strength against things such as the common cold.
The study has now shown that it can also be beneficial in overweight and obese adults by mimicking the intensity of a morning walk, that could more easily be incorporated into a busy schedule. However, it should be mentioned that the researchers have meant it as a supplement, an addition to achieve a healthier lifestyle, and not a replacement.
It’s not by far a sole solution, and should be taken with regular exercise.
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