Vitamin C plays an essential role in maintaining good health," says Balz Frei, PhD, a leading vitamin C researcher and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis. "It's required for life." Why? Your cells need vitamin C to do their jobs properly, plus it has antioxidant properties to protect them from damage. Unfortunately, our bodies don't produce it, so grab a glass of orange juice and read more about the benefits of vitamin C.
It Helps You Lose Weight. You burn 30 percent more fat during a bout of moderate exercise when you have adequate levels of vitamin C compared to someone who has low levels of the vitamin, according to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The theory? Vitamin C aids in the pathways that regulate fat oxidation, energy expenditure, and energy intake—all things that help with weight loss. When levels are sufficient, your body can do its job more efficiently.
It Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Epidemiological and observational studies have found associations with vitamin C and lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and lower incidence of stroke. “Vitamin C improves blood cell function and enhances vascular relaxation,” Frei says. This allows blood to move more freely, which reduces the risk of heart problems.
It Reduces Inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s reaction to stress, pollution, and even today’s workout – and it creates cell-damaging free radicals. Vitamin C fights these free radicals, helping your body heal from the inflammation that it endures each day.