What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid) is by far the most well-known vitamin, and for good reason. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for your immune system. But vitamin C also plays an important role in many other functions:
Improves iron absorption
Role as an antioxidant (traps harmful free radicals)
Protects against external influences, such as pollution and sunlight
Helps build collagen in the skin, bones and joints
Plays a role in energy metabolism and helps with fatigue
Vitamin C is mainly found in fruits and vegetables. Normally, a varied diet meets the basic requirement of vitamin C. Fanatic athletes, however, put more strain on their body. Those who put their body to the test day in, day out, can choose to take a vitamin C supplement.
Vitamin C supplement for athletes
Vitamin C is especially interesting for athletes, because it contributes to the maintenance of a strong resistance during and after physical exertion1. That is why many athletes take a vitamin C supplement during heavy training and competition periods. Vitamin C also supports resistance in a cold environment1. This makes a vitamin C supplement ideal to take during the fall and winter months and in cold countries.
Moments when a vitamin C supplement is especially interesting:
During tough training and competition periods
In a cold environment, for example during the autumn and winter months
Training or competitions at height
With an increased iron requirement
For the production of cartilage in the joints
When exposed to harmful substances such as smog, smoke and UV radiation
Vitamin C and iron absorption
Vitamin C aids in the absorption of vegetable iron. Sufficient iron is crucial for an athlete, because iron plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and thus in the oxygen transport in your body. Iron from animal products is better absorbed by your body than iron from vegetable sources. In addition, heavy exercise can have a negative effect on the absorption of iron from your diet. When you as an athlete eat little or no meat, it is therefore more difficult to absorb enough iron. A vitamin C supplement can help increase the absorption of plant iron.
Vitamin C supplement during altitude training
Altitude training courses are a well-known phenomenon in the sports world. At altitude the air pressure is lower and there is therefore less oxygen in the air. To deal with this, the body adapts by stimulating the production of extra red blood cells. Sufficient iron is needed for this. Because vitamin C contributes to the absorption of iron, it is recommended to take a vitamin C supplement during an altitude training session.
Vitamin C1000 Gold is produced according to the (doping) standards of the NZVT system and therefore contains the NZVT logo. Vitamin C1000 Gold can therefore be used with certainty by top athletes. In this way, the athlete can concentrate carefree on delivering optimal sports performance.