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Vitamin C May Help Boost Physical Activity Levels

A recent study suggests that taking vitamin C supplements may be good not only for lowering the incidence of the common cold but also for increasing weekly activity levels.

Participants in the study included 28 non-smoking men between the ages of 18 and 35. Over the course of eight weeks, they took either 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily or a placebo.

In the final two weeks of the study, the physical activity score for the vitamin C group had a 60% increase compared with a 20% increase for the placebo group.

Additionally, the vitamin C group had fewer episodes of the common old and the length of their colds was reduced by an average of 59% when compared with the placebo group.

The results were particularly noticeable for those participants who had low to average vitamin C levels at the beginning of the study.

Researchers from Arizona State University, Isagenix Internaional, and the Cancer Treatment Centers for America conducted the study. It was published on July 9, 2014, in the journal Nutrients.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that has been linked to numerous other health benefits including heart health, brain health, eye health and improved mood. It can be found in high levels in citrus fruits and dark leafy greens such as cantaloupe, oranges, kiwis, and papaya, and in dark leafy greens such as broccoli and kale.

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