Can This Vitamin Replace Exercise?

Victoria Hoff

We've heard it all before: the "magical," exotic superfood that can burn all of our fat without our stepping foot in a gym, or the miracle supplement that can make us drop 10 pounds in one week. About 99% of the time, these infomercial-type claims are definitely too good to be true—which is why we couldn't help but be sceptical when we heard that a certain vitamin can potentially replace exercise. For real? 

But this one has science to back it up: A new study from the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that vitamin C has a similar impact as cardio exercise on our heart health. Elevated levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1), a protein that constricts arteries, is associated with heart failure, particularly in obese and overweight individuals. When scientists asked a group of overweight adults to take time-release vitamin C suppements, they found that the adults' ET-1 levels were reduced as much as they would be after walking briskly for 45 to 60 minutes, five to seven days a week.

To be clear, sweating it out has many other important benefits, and the scientists on this study recommend still clocking your regular gym time. But for those who are injured or who are just beginning their fitness journeys, vitamin C is a healthy addition to your routine. (It also happens to be phenomenal for your skin, especially during this time of year.) Stock up!

For those who hate swallowing pills, Nature Made's Vitamin C Adult Gummies ($10) are EVERYTHING. And dare we say delicious?

What supplement or vitamin has made a huge difference for your lifestyle? We want to hear about it in the comments below!

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