Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients for our body and is essential for living a healthy life. The most common benefit people think of when taking Vitamin C is to help boost the immune system, but this vitamin does so much more than that. Let’s take a look at how great this nutrient is for both athletes and non athletes.
So what are the benefits received from Vitamin C and how do they help me?
Living a healthier life while reducing your chances of falling sick is the main benefit, but Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which means it helps your body to protect itself against free radicals produced through energy conversion of food. It can also help reduce the chance of damage caused through chemicals, such as those inhaled when smoking for example.
Another benefit to consider with Vitamin C is that it aids tissue repair and muscle growth. Then there’s also the fact that this nutrient forms collagen, a protein which assists maintenance of bones and cartilage along with helping keep clearer skin. This is an often underreported benefit for athletes when considering adding Vitamin C into their diet.
So how does this help me as an athlete?
The average person is estimated to only need around 90mg of Vitamin C daily, but athletes are on a different level. If you train hard for an hour or more several times a week, then you need more. Depending on your activity level, you could need from 600mg all the way up to 1,500mg daily – amounts that you will struggle to consume through a normal diet without supplements.
Antioxidants help with muscle recovery and repair after training, which is one of the primary factors for all athletes or those simply working out consistently to consider. We already know the benefits collagen has on the body when paired with protein, but Vitamin C also assists with protein metabolism i.e. the time period your muscle is recovering and growing. Recovery time is increased with higher levels of Vitamin C in your diet.
We’ve broken down the key points, in terms of training, Vitamin C helps our body.
- Helps you recover better from intense training sessions
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant
- Required for the repair and growth of your body’s tissues
- Vitamin C supports healthy testosterone levels for men
- Strong immune system booster
- Assists with protein metabolism
The RRP of Liposomal Vitamin C is £38.99 per box of 30 sachets and can be ordered here.