Vitamin C and Muscle Recovery
If you’ve kicked up the intensity of your workout, pushed yourself in endurance training, or strained your arms lifting weights, your muscles are likely to be sore the next day. These changes in your daily routine cause tiny tears in the muscle fibers and connective tissues. Over time, your muscles will become used to the activity and adapt. However, once muscle soreness sets in, it can be hard to maintain the routine, let alone move the next morning.
The pain can become unbearable, but sore muscles can be soothed without a pill. Vitamin C tops the list of five naturally occurring vitamins (C, B, D, E & A) to help speed recovery. Include them in your post workout meal for optimal and tasty results. Sources include citrus fruits, green peppers, red peppers, raspberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupe, and pineapples. Vitamin C supplementation provides additional benefits to a tasty vitamin rich meal, adding additional and necessary Vitamin C into your system.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the production of collagen, connective tissue that helps repair skin tissue, tendons and blood vessels after that tough workout, or any workout for that matter. Vitamin C also helps flush the muscles of lactic acid. Being water soluble, Vitamin C gets used up quickly during a workout.
Top athletes like Dancing with the Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Maks), Peta Murgatroyd and Valentine Chmerkovskiy know all too well the benefits of supplementing with the most bio-available vitamins and minerals on the market today to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness. You can be assured these talented stars and many like them, make it a point to maintain an optimum level of Vitamin C and other nutrients at all times. The simplest way to accomplish this is through using Liposomal Encapsulation Technology delivery system such as Lypo-Spheric® Vitamin C, with its incredible absorbency potential. It gets into the blood stream quickly and goes to where it’s needed most.
As mentioned above, a post workout meal rich in Vitamin C is optimum, but likely won’t provide all the Vitamin C your body can use. It’s another reason to supplement.
By Peter Johnson
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