Vitamin C for Alleviating Post Massage Muscle Soreness and Exercise Induced Muscle Soreness


The Evidence is out.  Vitamin C truly is an effective, high powered orthomolecular medicine for recovering from muscular soreness and fatigue, as well as overcoming many infectious diseases.

Please skim through the following articles to learn more.

 Vitamin C is necessary for collagen synthesis and is a strong antioxidant. It’s involved in the enzymatic hydroxylation of proline to form 4-hydroxyproline, an amino acid that is an integral part of collagen and elastin. Research on vitamin C shows that it may have important effects in reducing pain and inflammation secondary to exercise. In one study 400 mg daily of vitamin C reduced post exercise pain and inflammation. In another the use of vitamin C increased recovery from demanding exercise.  —


Vitamin C for Muscle Soreness

Oct 24, 2013 | By Matthew Lee for

Muscle soreness after exercising can be a big disincentive to continue on a healthy fitness program. That’s why the subsequent findings of that UNC group are so important. The scientists gave vitamin C supplements (3,000 mg/day) or placebo to a group of 18 healthy men for two weeks before and four days after performing 70 repetitions of an elbow extension exercise.23 Not surprisingly, considerable muscle soreness ensued, but it was significantly reduced in the supplemented group. The release of creatine kinase, an indicator of muscle damage, was also attenuated with vitamin C, compared with the placebo group. Blood levels of natural antioxidants fell significantly in placebo subjects, while vitamin C supplementation completely prevented this change. Results such as these suggest that the supplemented group would be much more enthusiastic about exercising the next day!


Newly Discovered Health Benefits of Vitamin C

by Julius Goepp, MD
Life Extension Mag. April 2008


How Vitamin C and Other Nutrients Can Combat Exercise-Induced Side Effects

Media scare-stories to the contrary, the safety and the effectiveness of large amounts of vitamin C are well established. Large doses of vitamin C seem to have exceptional pain-relieving and even mood-lifting properties. Probably the main roadblock to widespread utilization of this all-too-simple technology is an equally widespread assumption that there simply must be unknown dangers to thousands or even tens of thousands of milligrams of C daily. Since the time megascorbate therapy was introduced in the late 1940’s by Fred R. Klenner, MD, and up to today as used by Robert Cathcart, MD, there is a surprisingly safe track record. Vitamin C is far safer than any drug, period. Do not be put off the very thing that can help the most until you have looked into it for yourself. —Doctor Yourself dot com’s page on Fibromyalgia

Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C

“Look at it this way,” I responded. “Let’s say you were in a plane taking off from Buffalo International Airport in the middle of winter. It is snowing, dark, gray, stormy and windy. Your jet takes off, and begins to climb. The wind rocks the plane, the snow and sleet and hail come down, and it’s all dismally gray outside. The plane keeps climbing.  All you can see out the window is snow, darkness and the wings shaking from the wind. The person next to you is turning a bit green. Up you go, still in the winter storm. Then, all of the sudden, the airplane breaks out on top of the clouds, and like magic, there’s bright sunlight and blue sky everywhere. Look down: Far below you is the storm. It’s like it never happened, like you were never in it.

“That is exactly what it is like when you reach saturation of vitamin C. At a certain altitude, higher than you expected, your symptoms go away.  This characteristically occurs with such ease that it is hard to believe it until you experience it for yourself. Precious few medical professionals have learned this. The medical-dietetic industry has a real fear of flying if vitamin C is the aircraft. Too bad, when it is the safest and fastest plane in the air.” – Mega-vitamin C and Babies


Whole Food Vitamins: Ascorbic Acid Is Not Vitamin C


Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds.   Vitamins are biological complexes.   They are multi-step biochemical interactions whose action is dependent upon a number of variables within the biological terrain.   Vitamin activity only takes place when all conditions are met within that environ-ment, and when all co-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and working together.   Vitamin activity is even more than the sum of all those parts; it also involves timing.

Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells.   When isolated into artificial commercial forms, like ascorbic acid, these purified synthetics act as drugs in the body.   They are no longer vitamins, and to call them such is inaccurate.

A vitamin is: “… a working process consisting of the nutrient, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, and trace minerals activators.”

– Royal Lee “What Is a Vitamin?” Applied Trophology, Aug. 1956


OK, natural vs. synthetic.   Let’s start with Vitamin C.   Most sources equate vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing.   They’re not.   Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of naturally occurring vitamin C.   In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen, and other components, such as ascorbinogen bioflavonoids, rutin, and tyrosinase,  In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in proper amounts.  If any of these parts are missing, there is no vitamin C, no vitamin activity


~ by charl7 on September 10, 2014.

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