Vitamin C is important in the formation of
collagen, cartilage, bone, and teeth, and the hormone
epinephrine (also called adrenaline).
It also protects
other vitamins from inactivation, and participates in immune defenses.
It is claimed by some to be protective against
colds, viruses, and certain types of cancer when taken in large doses; research on these
claims is not conclusive.
In people with mild deficiencies, vitamin C supplementation
improves physical performance.
Not only is Vitamin C a potent antioxidant (the
importance of antioxidants for athletes is something that will become more and more
evident as future research unfolds), it also may have "growth-factor-like properties" for
collagen synthesis (this is important for your tendons and ligaments).
And, other studies offer evidence which suggests Vitamin C may help protect muscles from excessive
damage and may help "contractile tension" (strength).
A deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy, a
disease characterized by degeneration of skin, teeth, blood vessels, muscles, easy
bruising and bleeding, and poor healing.
It has been claimed that supplemental vitamin C can reduce
severity and recovery time associated with athletic injuries.
Some research suggests Vitamin C may also help
improve the overall testosterone-to-cortisol ratio (which is a very important hormonal
indicator of your body's environment for muscle growth).
As far as dosages, experts recommend anywhere from
400 mg a day to 10 grams a day!
Vitamin C, RDA: 60 mg (male), 60 mg (female)
1-Workout Delivery gives VITAMIN C