Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Could Vitamin C replace exercise?
The blood vessels in these individuals have an elevated activity of small vessel-constricting protein (ET). Because of this high activity, these vessels are more prone to constrict, becoming less responsive to blood flow demand--and more at risk for developing vascular disease.
Exercise reduces ET-1 activity, but if you are overweight, exercising is more difficult.
So, a study at the Univ of Colorado Boulder examined whether Vitamin C also lowers ET-1 activity.
They found that a daily supplement of 500 mg, time release, reduced ET-1-related vessel constriction as much as walking did.
They pronounced this an effective lifestyle strategy for overweight and obese adults.
There are few side efx from taking Vitamn C--maybe creating expensive urine as most is excreted. There are some interaction problems with other drugs.
Will I get on such a regimen? I will need more info--for one thing, I have heard that older systems cannot break down time release pills as well as younger ones. And I tend to resist most pills.