Low vitamin C levels impair fat loss
by Dr. Paul Cribb Ph.D. CSCS.
AST Director of Research
Not enough vitamin C in the blood stream has been suggested to retard fat metabolism. That’s the conclusion of a recent study presented at the Experimental Biology 2006 Meeting in San Francisco last month.
Nutrition researchers from Arizona State University reported that the amount of vitamin C in the blood stream is directly related to fat oxidation - the body's ability to use fat as a fuel source - during both exercise and at rest.
The findings of this study on a group of 20 overweight men and women revealed that as the participants progressed through the four week diet, those not given vitamin C (500mg each day) showed lever levels of this vitamin in their blood each week. As vitamin C blood concentrations fell in this group so did their ability to oxidize (utilize) fat. Vitamin C appears to play an important role in fat utilization as a fuel source. However, this water soluble vitamin can’t be stored in the body, so frequent, daily does are necessary you’re attempting to lose body fat.
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