Sunday, August 06, 2006

Antioxidant C and E for Strength

Antioxidant C and E for Strength

Help keep your muscles strong by getting an adequate supply of antioxidant vitamins. Exercising regularly is an important part of preserving strength. However, in people over 65, high blood levels of antioxidant vitamins also were associated with musculoskeletal strength. Get your fair share of antioxidant vitamin C with citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries. Most people need a supplement to meet their antioxidant vitamin E needs.

The optimum dose of vitamin C is 1,200 milligrams per day. You should break this up into three 400-milligram doses of vitamin C per day because your body can absorb only so much vitamin C at one time. Vitamin C is considered an antioxidant vitamin because it helps to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. More research into the relationship between antioxidant intake and musculoskeletal strength is needed. Researchers speculate that antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C may help preserve musculoskeletal strength by minimizing oxidative damage from free radicals.

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