Vitamin C: The Secret to a Better Physique

Touted as the go-to cure and prevention for ailments such as the common cold, vitamin C truly is a powerhouse in the world of vitamins. Although it’s been long thought that this vitamin will help prevent colds and flu from occurring, this isn’t always the case. However, it does help reduce the symptoms and length of time the cold or flu hangs around.

Vitamin C is readily found in citrus fruits such as oranges, but did you know it’s found in other fruits as well? Berries, green vegetables, kiwi fruit, and even potatoes have this valuable antioxidant as well.

A variety of supplement types claim to be good sources of vitamin C, such as rose hips, calcium ascorbate, acerola cherries, ascorbic acid, and sodium ascorbate. However, natural forms of vitamins are best for the body. With this in mind, rose hips and acerola cherries are two of the powerful ingredients included in Ultra-Shake to help fuel your body.

In addition to fueling your immune system, vitamin C can help you achieve the physique you’ve been striving for? Let’s look at some basic facts about this essential nutrient.

Vitamin C Facts:

  • Water soluble and can’t be stored by the body—excess is flushed from the body through urine (making it difficult to consume too much)
  • Boosts the function of the immune system, reducing the chances of becoming ill and increasing the speed of recovery if you get injured or become sick[1]
  • It is an antioxidant, which helps prevent and repair damage caused by free radicals[2]
    • Free Radicals are the pesky things that cause signs of aging; consuming things high in antioxidants is one of the best ways to help combat them!
    • Increases Collagen production, helping the body build strong tissues and bones, while reducing and preventing the signs of aging
  • Improves Endurance[3]
    • Vitamin C increases blood flow and balances the positive and negative effects of nitrous oxide produced by muscles during exercise, such as controlling free radicals

With all these amazing benefits, and more, everyone should be reaching for foods containing vitamin C, like the ultimate protein shake—Ultra-Shake!

Although it is possible to get multivitamins and supplements containing vitamin C, this vitamin is better absorbed through foods and beverages. It also compliments many other vitamins and minerals. In fact, people with anemia (low levels of iron) often benefit from increasing their vitamin C intake because it increases the rate at which the body absorbs iron, helping normalize iron levels more quickly and keep them stable as well[4].

A Note on Sugar

If you choose to get your daily vitamin C intake from fruit, be mindful of the amount of sugar also. It’s easy to overdo it! Just half an orange contains about 30mg of vitamin C. Guava fruit and kiwi are also excellent sources. A well balanced protein shake, like Ultra Shake, is a good way to get your daily vitamin C without consuming excess sugar.




Naturally Boost Energy Levels

Since vitamin C helps increase blood flow and circulation, it also helps increase feelings of energy and wards off feelings of fatigue while working out. Making sure to get your DV of Vitamin C each and every day is a good way to help your body perform optimally in the gym and at home.

If you’ve been feeling sluggish and you’re following a restricted calorie or low carbohydrate diet, there’s a good chance you aren’t getting many of the nutrients your body needs, including vitamin C. Supplementing your diet with a quality protein and vitamin source is a good way to help prevent those tired feelings and keep you strong in the gym.

Ultra-Shake is a prime choice when it comes to supplementing your diet because it is convenient to use, tastes great (which means you’re more likely to drink it!) and is readily absorbed by the body before or after a workout. It contains 60% of the FDA recommended serving of vitamin C you need in a day, along with a healthy dose of protein and many other nutrients. It doesn’t get much easier to be healthy!

Fighting Fat

One of the many hormones in the body that vitamin C has a direct effect on is carnitine, which is essential for the body’s ability to burn fat. Both men and women with low levels of this vitamin in their blood also have low levels of carnitine, while people with moderate to high levels of C have equally adequate levels of carnitine and subsequently burn more fat as a result of the same amount of exercise length and intensity.

Combining low levels of vitamin C, carnitine, and feeling lethargic from lack of proper nutrition and blood flow is a recipe for disaster when it comes to body fat. When you feel sluggish and unhealthy, you’re more likely to make poor food choices and not participate in physical activity needed to be strong and burn excess body fat.

Fortunately, making sure you get the nutrients your body requires will increase your body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle—giving you the power to achieve that slender, toned physique you’ve been striving for!

 

Table 2: Selected Food Sources of Vitamin C [5]
Food Milligrams (mg) per serving Percent (%) DV*
Ultra-Shake Ultimate Protein Shake 38mg 60%
Grapefruit, ½ medium 35mg 58%
Broccoli, raw, ½ cup 35mg 58%
Tomato juice, ¾ cup 33mg 55%
Cantaloupe, ½ cup 29mg 48%
Cabbage, cooked, ½ cup 28mg 47%
Cauliflower, raw, ½ cup 26mg 43%
Potato, baked, 1 medium 17mg 28%
Tomato, raw, 1 medium 17mg 28%
Spinach, cooked, ½ cup 9mg 15%
Green peas, frozen, cooked, ½ cup 8mg 13%

 

 

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[3] Webmd.com, (2014). vitamin c (ascorbic acid): Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD. [online]  [Accessed 30 Sep. 2014].

[4] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, (2014). The role of vitamin C in iron abs... [Int J Vitam Nutr Res Suppl. 1989] - PubMed - NCBI. [online] Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2507689 [Accessed 1 Oct. 2014].

[5] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2011. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page,http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndlexternal link icon.