Vitamin C and Weight Loss – Yes! It’s True
If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with dieting articles. On the one-hand, the catchy titles ALWAYS get your attention so that you just have to read it: “The 10 Easiest ways to Lose Weight”, or “The #1 Weight Loss Formula”, or my personal favorites “How to Lose 30lbs in 10 Days”, yeah right. But on the other hand, you’re always frustrated and disappointed by what you read–its always the same old mantra of ‘diet and exercise’. We know already!
So you can imagine my surprise when I came across something new about dieting and weight loss that I had never read of or heard of before.
Leading research conducted by the Arizona State University is suggesting that the amount of Vitamin C in your body has a direct effect on how much you weigh and how successful your weight loss efforts will be.
Here’s what they found:
- Low levels of Vitamin C is directly linked to a higher BMI (Body Mass Index), as well as higher blood fat levels.
- Those with higher Vitamin C levels in their blood have a lower BMI and less fat in their blood.
- They’re not sure why: whether obesity lowers your Vitamin C levels, or low Vitamin C levels makes you more likely to be obese.
- Want to burn fat at a faster rate when you exercise? Having more Vitamin C in your blood can help you burn 30% more fat. It’s called fat oxidization.
- L-Carnitine is essential (that means required) to transport fatty acids during fat breakdown for metabolism. Vitamin C is essential to produce Carnitine. In other words: less Vitamin C= less Carnitine= less fat breakdown, lower energy, and lower metabolism. The result: your body will store its fat. Yikes!
The bottom line is, if you want to make your weight loss efforts more effective, increasing your Vitamin C intake is essential. Its a simple vitamin that can make your exercising more effective by causing your body to burn (oxidize) 30% more fat. Best of all, it’s all natural and you don’t have to worry about adverse side-effects.
So how much is enough?
These days up to 1000mg a day is recommended. Hans Larsen, in an article entitled Vitamin C: Your Ultimate Health Insurance writes, “Many experts are now realizing that the RDA of 60 mg/day is far too low to provide for optimum health and protection against disease. A team of medical researchers at the National Institutes of Health in the USA recently completed a study designed to determine the vitamin C requirements of healthy, young men. They found that a minimum intake of 1000 mg/day was required to completely saturate the blood plasma with vitamin C. They also found that vitamin C should be taken in divided doses throughout the day as urinary excretion increases rapidly when individual doses exceed 500 mg.”
Decide on the amount of vitamin C intake that’s best for you and start consuming! Your best bet is to eat foods high in Vitamin C but if you’re worried you may not be eating enough of these, find a good all natural source of the Vitamin C complex (not just ascorbic acid like most supplements have); a good source of whole Vitamin C complex is acerola cherry powder.