When you have an active lifestyle or are trying to lose fat or build muscle, your body needs lots of Vitamin C.
This essential vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid or L-ascorbate, helps our bodies maintain healthy bones, connective tissue, blood vessels and skin.
It helps form collagen, repair muscle tears and strains and helps keep our blood pressure stable by strengthening the walls of arteries. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that can help fight free radicals that may be linked to cancer.
Another great thing about Vitamin C is that it’s water soluble so anything that’s not absorbed simply flushes through our system when we urinate.
Bodybuilders including Roger Lockridge say they boost their Vitamin C intake when they are doing intense training because it makes a noticeable difference in stamina and how their bodies recover.
Most adults need 75-90 milligrams of Vitamin C per day, while children need roughly half or one-third of that amount, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Excellent sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, mango, bell peppers and broccoli.
Our favorite source of Vitamin C is rosehips! NADI organic rosehip drink has 135% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C in each bottle, and it only has 9 calories and zeroes added sugar.
Before you head to the gym or do intense exercise, load up on Vitamin C so your body can perform its best.