As we age, chances are that exercise will take a backseat and we’ll be spending more time glued to the couch, popping pain pills or with an ice bag on a swollen knee. And forget jogging around the block — you’re worried about making the trip from the couch to the bathroom.
If mobility problems are keeping you from getting enough exercise, it turns out you don’t need to throw in the towel. There’s a dirt-cheap vitamin that can protect your heart in much the same way as exercise — even when you are having trouble moving around.
A new study from of the University of Colorado asked 35 obese and sedentary adults to spend three months either taking 500mg of vitamin C a day or walking several times a week.
And at the end of the study, the participants who took vitamin C had the same improvements in vascular tone as the people in the exercise group. Now vascular tone may sound a little complicated, but it basically means your blood vessels’ ability to contract and dilate.
Poor vascular tone can increase your blood pressure or even put you at risk for a heart attack.
So if vitamin C, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants around, can deliver the same results as exercise, why work out at all?
Believe it or not, that’s what some people in the media are claiming. They’re saying that this study proves that vitamin C may be a bona fide replacement for exercise.
But I’m going to throw the brakes on that crazy train.
I mean, we all know that the benefits of exercise don’t just stop with your heart. Getting your body moving strengthens your muscles and bones, and can even help ward off stress and depression.
But if you have physical limitations, aren’t very mobile, or are just looking to supplement your exercise programme, getting a daily dose of vitamin C is sure to help.
You’ll be doing something to protect your heart, even when a trip to the gym is out of the question.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vitamin C could be an effective replacement for exercise, study finds, sciencealert.com