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Vitamin C Works Like Exercise In Obese People

September 17, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Vitamin C supplements seem to provide the same cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise in overweight and obese adults. The key problem is the increased activity of a small blood vessel-constricting protein called endothelin (ET-1) in overweight people, making them more prone to vascular diseases. Exercise reduces ET-1 activity, but more than half of overweight people never exercise. The U.S. researchers found that taking 500 mg of time-released vitamin C daily reduced ET-1-related vessel constriction as much as walking did.
"Vitamin C an exercise replacement?", News release, research presented at an American Physiological Society meeting, September 17, 2015, © American Physiological Society
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