Vitamin C and Exercise

Conversion of Fat into Fuel: Fuel (i.e. energy) is the driving force of any engine including the one in the human body. Without energy, one cannot reach its optimal level while undertaking exercise. Vitamin C is needed in making of the substance called carnitine – which helps in the conversion of fat into energy.
Healing of Wound: During exercise, injuries are inevitable. Vitamin C aids in wound healing by helping in the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is a protein that forms connective tissues and also keeps the skin looking afresh. These tissues, which act as glue, help to maintain the structure of the skin, blood vessels, intestines, ligaments, cartilages and other parts of the body. Collagen is also necessary for replacing dead skin cells. The enzyme needed for the synthesis of collagen cannot function without Vitamin C.

Free Flow of Oxygenated Blood in the Body: The cells in one’s body need oxygen to support one while exercising. Exercises and their impacts are more effective if there is adequate oxygen supply in the body. Hemoglobin is an iron compound found in the blood and its primary function is to transport oxygen. Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron in the body and iron is an important element in the production of hemoglobin.

Helps in the Production of the Adrenal Glands: Vitamin C is needed by the adrenal glands for the production of all adrenaline hormones. The adrenal hormones – which include – cortisol, aldosterone, etc, help to control blood sugar level, control blood pressure and burns fat.

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