The Essential Guide to Vitamins and Minerals – Part II (Vitamin C and the B Family)

Vitamin C and others

(… Continued from Part I) VITAMIN C Benefits of Vitamin C Just like vitamin E, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate) is also an anti-oxidant and, thus, protects from free radical damage.  Free radicals accelerate aging and are believed to cause, among other things, cancer, arthritis and heart disease.  In addition to that, vitamin C also triggers the production of intracellular glutathione – a master antioxidant in your body that has many beneficial effects, including pathogen deactivation Vitamin C also aids in growth and repair of tissues (it forms a protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels), helps in healing wounds and is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions. One of the most commonly known function […]

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The essential guide to vitamins and minerals – Part I

Vitamins and Supplements

Multi-vitamins are good, right? What can be easier than taking one pill a day to ensure you get all important vitamins and minerals in a convenient package (if you remember to take it, that is)? Well, if you have been diligently doing just that – you might be surprised to know how small of an effect (if any) it might have had.

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How to warm up before a workout (you’ve been doing it wrong!)

warm up and stretching

Common knowledge dictates that athletes should stretch to warm-up before their main exercise routine – and it’s dead wrong! Stretching not only does not prepare the muscles for the main load – it actually makes them weaker and more prone to injuries. This article explains why and discusses the best alternatives to stretching.

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