Yeah, I heard about that before, that vitamin C is *one of* the vituamins/minerals that are needed for fat burning and that it does wonders if taken before exercise.
I've been taking Vitamin C for several months now in pure ascorbic powder form.
I also take calcium citrate and magnesium citrate. Sometime I take chromium and multi-vitamins (when money allow) and I try to take b-complex regularly (I inject them).
When I stick to my calorie range, I lose weight very nicely (never have plateu problems or anything like this) and that's considering that these are my last 10 pounds which are supposed to be the hardest to lose. However it hasnt been for me.
5'7 Highest weight: approx. 141/142 lbs Current weight: 132-129 lbs (fluctuates in between) Goal weight: 120/118 lbs Current BMI: 20.6-20.2 Highest BMI: around 22.1/22.3
current weight: 124.8
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I seem to have been "on the pill" (the "1000 mg of vitamin C" pill... what were you thinking?) for 7 weeks now. I lost 5 lbs during this time.
I'm pretty sure the weight-loss had more to do with my diet and exercise than the pill. So the one thing we can conclude is that at least it does NOT seem to HINDER weight loss. :)
Interestingly enough, I did get a 3-day Cold during these 7 weeks too. The Pre-Cold (incubation) was about 2 days, and the Post-Cold (allergic over-reaction) lasted 4 extra days. So there goes Pauling's theory... :(
A belated response to the question posted by Scubadiva on 8/25/08 re: the comparison between Vitamin B and C in post op treatment following gastric bypass surgery. Real Age came back to me with a very non-commital: "Our information is provided only as a guide and is not intended to be medical advice. You should always consult your primary care physician or registered dietician before commencing any treatment". So unfortunately, no straight answer for you on this one, but I can say from personal experience that I have hardly been sick this winter, so I'm sticking with Vitamin C!!! And not exactly knowing what my body fat content is right now, I am guessing that the Vitamin C is doing what it is supposed to, but I'll keep you posted.
They also make calcium carbonate (Tums), and Prilosec OTC. :)
I actually ordered some Vitamin C supplements after reading this, and they arrived today. It is totally in sync with item 5 of "My Program" as documented in my personal SparkPage (http://sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AleF Scuba):
5) When feeling some eating anxiety, take a "chill-pill" (any vitamin, calcium, supplement, etc.) with water.
OK, that's a good question!! I'll send them an email at Real Age and see if they can come back with some stats on that. I hadn't considered how it would affect people with a medical condition, and I guess in that scenario you should always check with your Doctor to see if something is suitable for you before you give it a try. It would be unwise to try anything without that reassurance.
Anyway I will check into it and let you know how I get on. Thanks for the question..... it's good to see people are thinking about this one....
Thanks for sharing this Angela! I have to look at my multivitamin to see how much Vit C I am getting but it;s hard to gauge how much we get from what we eat on a regular basis. Still time to up the dosage!
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That is intriguing; I wonder how the Vitamin C evidence stacks up next to taking B Vitamin supplements. I know that the different B vitamins help your body metabolize fat, so when a patient has gastric bypass surgery part of their post-op treatment (permanently) is a regimen of B vitamin injections to help their body metabolize the fat that their almost nonexistent stomach can no longer absorb. Very interesting.
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I'm only new to this team, but today I was emailed what I consider a very important piece of information that is too helpful and beneficial to keep under wraps. I subcribe to a website called Real Age (it is run by 2 doctors, one of whom is DR OZ who sometimes appears on the Oprah Winfrey show and seems to have immense knowledge on all things healthy).
Anway this bit of information is about a study that was conducted between people with adequate and inadequate supplies of vitamin C in their bodies. The people with inadequate Vitamin C burnt 25% less fat doing the same exercise as those people with adequate Vitamin C. The recommended dosage is 1500mg to achieve this superior fat burning status.
I currently take 550mg per day of Ester C (a type of vitamin C that lasts 6 times longer than regular vitamin C) so I would need to up my intake by 1000mg to achieve this.
Just interested to hear your comments. I think this could be a real winner.
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