The Vitamin C Exercise Pill

PillsHave you heard the news? Vitamin C can be taken instead of exercising and is being dubbed the new “exercise pill”! Great news, right?

Maybe not so much.

A new (small) study recently found that vitamin C can have a protective effect on blood vessels, similar to the effects of a walking workout. Though this is an exciting discovery that will hopefully be further confirmed by more studies, it does not mean that you should stop exercising and it does not mean that you should start chugging orange juice. One won’t replace the other, but both can be good — in moderation.

Vitamin C will never be a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but it does have several benefits.

In fact, if you read the label on our sore throat lozenges, you will see that vitamin C is one of the ingredients we use to soothe sore throats.

We have included more of vitamin C’s benefits below:

1. Antioxidants

Vitamin C, and other antioxidants, works to protect the body from out-of-control chemical reactions. It keeps free radicals, highly reactive molecules, from harming our body’s tissues and helps convert iron into a more absorbable form.

2. Cold relief

It might surprise you to learn that we don’t use vitamin C because it prevents colds. Because it doesn’t. Instead, this vitamin helps boost your immune system and can shorten the length of colds and make symptoms more mild. Don’t limit your vitamin C
intake to when you think you might get sick, but take a daily dose to help your immune system fight it when you do.

3. Healing and growth

Your body uses vitamin to heal injuries and regrow damaged tissues.

Where can you get vitamin C in your diet? Eat bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kiwi, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, cantaloupe, and citrus fruits, like oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit.

4. Stress repair

When your body is under stress, your immune system often pays the price. If you’ve noticed that you often get sick at the worst possible times, this is why. Vitamin C can help boost your immune system and keep your body from the added stress of being sick.

No vitamin is a magic pill, but they can certainly help your body stay healthy. Eat right, exercise, and pay attention to what your body is telling you.

Also, watch out for too-good-to-be-true discoveries — they usually are too good to be true.