Vitamin C Supplementation and Muscle Soreness

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Day 1

Today is legs day. You are excited and also petrified at the thought of the muscle soreness you may encounter after leg day. You finish a long hard workout and you feel great. You go out that night and your body is a well oiled machine operating on all cylinders.

Day 2

You open your eyes, swing your legs to the side of the bed and take a step. Instantly your legs crumble and your first thought is that someone stole your femur while you were sleeping. Okay, maybe that is my first thought. You get up and your hamstrings and calves are sore and painful to the touch. This is a common occurrence for those who strength train. What you are experiencing is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Sore muscles often accompany physical exercise however delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is not readily apparent while exercising. Instead the symptoms and soreness are often experienced hours after physical exercise. The soreness associated with DOMS can last for days and limit your general physical abilities.

Vitamin C Reduces Muscle Soreness

Vitamin C plays an important role in muscle growth. Vitamin C is essential for the building of collagen, the most abundant protein built in our bodies (Wolbach and Howe 1926). Collagen is a connective tissue that structurally supports heart tissue, blood vessels, and even muscle tissue. Collagen cannot be built without vitamin C. It appears vitamin C is involved at every step of the building process. Collagen constitutes 1% to 2% of your muscle tissue and about 6% of your tendons making vitamin C an important building block to muscle growth and repair.

Effective vitamin C supplementation both post and pre-workout are effective in helping you build strong lean muscle faster.

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