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Vitamin C Helps Burn Fat in Exercise

Diet Tip: Don't Skimp on Vitamin C

Vitamin C might not keep you from catching a cold, but not getting an adequate amount of the vitamin can keep you from burning fat.

A study from Arizona State found that folks with low-blood concentrations of vitamin C, who walked on treadmills for a 60-minute session, burned 25 percent less fat than other participants with adequate amounts of C. Fortunately, a simple dose of vitamin C remedied the lackluster fat-burning potential of the participants. Vitamin C is necessary for creating the compound carnitine, which helps turn fat into fuel.

While the recommended daily intake of vitamin C is low, 90mg for men and 75mg for women, many health advocates recommend larger daily doses. Holistic health doctor Andrew Weil recommends 200mg daily, while the Linus Pauling Institute (named for the scientist that made the vitamin famous) recommends 400mg daily. The health team at Real Age recommends consuming 1,200mg daily between foods and supplements.

On this note, I am going to add some strawberries to my cereal tomorrow morning since a half cup contains 42mg of vitamin C.

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Tinkerbell269 Tinkerbell269 5 years
I saw this on Dr Oz about taking 1000mg of c a day with breakfast,i have been doing this 3 days a week and co-workers have noticed i have lost some wt.i have noticed my clothes fit better.....
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Be careful getting too much, though! Hypervitaminosis DOES happen, and it CAN get nasty. Americans have the most expensive pee in the world because we spend so much on supplements that have more than our body needs, so guess where it goes? The potty. That said, it's almost time for me to up my vitamin C intake, because soon as the weather changes, I need my defenses to be up!
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I get 200-300mg a day, no supplements. I think that's pretty good :)
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
I need to up my vitamin intake, period. I don't take a multi-vitamin, which I really should start doing! P.S. What year was that photograph taken?? Hahaha, the hat is killing me!!
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 8 years
Love vitamin c because it's so easy for me to get :P
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Wow! I take a 1000 mg pill before bed at night, but does this carry over to a morning workout? or should I just have fruit before going to the gym? I usually have an egg or cheese...
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