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Default Vitamin C could be as effective as walking for heart health

See? I knew there was a "pill for that". Oh boy. Another excuse for me. Though, I'm certainly not obese.


Daily vitamin C supplements could be as effective as walking in improving the heart health of obese people, a study claims.
Those adults who are overweight and obese are advised to take regular exercise to help improve their health.
But, more than 50 per cent do not fulfil the recommendation.
Scientists have now suggested that taking vitamin C supplements each day - the equivalent to one Berocca tablet - can have similar cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise.
The blood vessels of people who are overweight or obese show elevated activity of the small vessel-constricting protein, endothelin (ET)-1.
Those vessels with high ET-1 activity are more prone to constricting.
This narrowing of the blood vessels can mean blood vessels are less responsive to the changing demands on blood flow, therefore increasing a person's risk of vascular disease.
Past studies have found exercise helps to reduce ET-1 activity.
But many overweight or obese people use a lack of time as an excuse for not incorporating exercise into their daily routines.
In this study, scientists at the University of Colorado examined whether vitamin C supplements, which have been found in the past to improve vessel function, can also lower ET-1 activity.
Their findings, which will be presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, suggest the supplement can have similar benefits to a person's heart health as exercise.
The analysed 35 sedentary, overweight or obese adults over a period of three months.

- Jim

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