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Best Vitamin for Bodybuilding by Rafael Norat, Professional Bodybuilder

In order to exceed the normal capacity in any endeavor, hard work and dedication is required. With the constant pulling and grabbing of today’s fast-paced society, such endeavors become even harder to tackle and accomplish. I’ve been blessed to be able to pursue bodybuilding over the course of 10 years or so. Within such timeframes are changes in life involving greater responsibilities that must be addressed as you pursue your goals. In order to protect my well-being and give me the strength to carry on, I rely upon well proven, efficient supplements which help maximize my capabilities and minimize my time-on-the-shelf so to speak!

best vitamin for bodybuilding rafael norat professional bodybuilderBest Vitamin for Bodybuilding?

I’ve been lucky to be part of the LivOn Labs team for a couple of years now and have enjoyed all their products! Vitamin C has without a doubt helped me recuperate faster and re-balance myself every day. On top of that, I can say that I haven’t missed a day of training since I started using the product! AGE Blocker has helped me tremendously in the off-season in controlling my blood sugar level and minimizing fat gains, as I increase my calories to absorb the higher level of training volume. On the same note, GSH has served as a powerful antioxidant by keeping me upright and in the gym steadily by reducing muscle soreness and recovery times. Together, these products have working synergistically to push my training to new heights while keeping up with today’s ever-increasing responsibilities.

Rafael Norat

5 Reasons Athletes Should Take Vitamin C

Not surprisingly, most athletes are unaware how important vitamin C intake is to performance. Some can get away with poor diets and supplementation for awhile (see NBA Super Star Derrick Rose’s weird eating habits). Lucky for Chicago Bulls fans, he has hired a personal trainer, chef, and is taking that next step to remain a superstar into his late 30’s. A simple search online for athletes’ dietary habits brings up a love for Big Macs, Skittles, Swedish Fish, and beer. Many of the top athletes who consume regular supplements, including vitamin C, and maintain healthy eating patterns, perform at a high level far past their primes. Below are a few examples of athletes who train just as hard in the kitchen as they do on the field or court.

  • Steve Nash – NBA SuperStar
  • Kobe Bryant – NBA SuperStar
  • Joe Namath – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Tony Gonzales – NFL Tight End
  • Billie Jean King – Tennis Player
  • Robert Parish – NBA Hall of Famer

How valuable is proper vitamin C supplementation to athletes?

Here are five reasons you should include high dose vitamin C in your regular supplementation schedule.

  1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, protecting muscle cells from free radical damage, thus enhancing recovery and growth.
  2. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is also involved with amino acid metabolism, especially the formation of Collagen. Collagen is the primary constituent of connective tissue, the stuff that holds your bones and muscles together. This may not seem important, but as you lift heavier weights, the stress you put on your structure becomes tremendous and risk of injury dramatically increases.
  3. Vitamin C helps in the absorption of Iron. Iron is necessary to help Oxygen bind to hemoglobin in blood. Without adequate oxygen transportation in blood, muscles are robbed of precious oxygen and performance is greatly reduced.
  4. Ascorbic acid also assists in the formation and release of steroid hormones, including the anabolic hormone testosterone.
  5. Vitamin C is perhaps the most water soluble vitamin there is. In other words, it diffuses very rapidly in water. Since a muscle cell is mostly water, the more muscular an athlete becomes, the more vitamin C disperses and the lower the concentration of this critical substance becomes in body tissues. So vitamin C requirements are greatly increased for athletes.

Vitamin C Supplementation and Muscle Soreness

Cheryl Brost Gym Workout

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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A Farmer, A Body Builder and A Prize Winning Cocker Spaniel

What could a New Zealand Farmer, a Body Builder and a Cocker Spaniel named Maggie all have in common? Vitamin C is the common denominator. Of course this is a special Vitamin C… Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C based on a unique delivery system which ensures that this vitamin C nutritional supplement goes into your cells where it can do the most good.

You might be wondering why the Farmer, the Body Builder and the Cocker Spaniel all needed this vitamin C nutritional supplement.

Allan Smith, the New Zealand Farmer, contracted Swine Flu and a host of other life-threatening diseases. As a last resort, his family compelled the hospital to administer Intravenous Vitamin C. As Allan’s health improved, he turned to LivOn Labs’ Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C to help maintain his health.

Rafael Norat, a bodybuilding competitor, relies on all three LivOn products, Lypo-SphericTM Vitamin C, Lypo-SphericTM AGE BlockerTM and Lypo-SphericTM GSH, to ensure a winning performance. His 70+ mother uses the same products to keep herself fit and active.

Maggie, aka “Devil Dog”, takes one packet of LivOn Labs’ Lypo-Spheric C daily. Although our products are formulated for humans, Maggie’s performance recently in the agility course led her to win nine ribbons over a three day period!

If LivOn Labs’ high performance nutritional supplements can help such a diverse group, think what it can do for you! Free shipping when you order online at Or call toll free 1.866.790.2107. 100% Money Back Guarantee.