Vitamin C May Benefit Muscles After Exercise
SWINDON, United Kingdom--Vitamin C may not only prevent a cold, but it may also prevent serious aches after an unaccustomed bout of prolonged exercise. In the December 2001 issue of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism (11,4: 466-81, 2001) (www.humankinetics.com), researchers gave 16 males either 200 mg of ascorbic acid twice daily or a placebo. The subjects then performed a 90-minute, intermittent shuttle-running test 14 days after supplementation began. The study's authors, led by Dylan Thompson, Ph.D., from the University of Bath, found that vitamin C supplementation had modest benefits on muscle soreness and muscle function.