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Vitamin C Supplements Display Benefits Similar To Those of Exercise

A new study suggests that some of the benefits of exercise can be attained by consuming 500 mg of vitamin C per day. Ah, finally some good news. The findings were presented at the American Physiological Society‘s annual meeting; they are not yet published and are only considered to be preliminary.


While the need for exercise cannot be denied, it appears that some of its advantages can be reaped without actually indulging in physical activity. A new study seems to point at renewed hope: only 500 mg of vitamin C daily could improve blood vessel tone in overweight and obese individuals. The most striking part is that the effect was the same for other participants who did a three-month regimen of brisk walking many times a week.

The results are indeed alluring. However, the sample size was extremely small: only 35 participants were involved (15 undertook the brisk walking while 20 had vitamin C supplements).

“This is not ‘the exercise pill’,” study author Caitlin Dow from the University of Colorado, Boulder in the US said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times.

On the other hand, the findings might be pointing at an efficient alternative for individuals who cannot practise physical exercise, or who, at least, have difficulty in doing so.

It is to be noted that none of the participants lost weight. But, they all had improved vascular tones.

“If we can improve different measures of risk for disease without changing weight, it takes a little bit of the pressure off some people,” Dow said. “[While vitamin C] certainly isn’t a new cure, it’s important to know what other lifestyle changes we can offer people who can’t exercise.”


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