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Vitamin C protects against bleeding gums, makes your bones strong, helps keep you from getting sick, protects against the normal wear and tear on our tissues, helps us deal with alcohol, cigarette smoke, and toxins in our environment, and may even help support our ability to experience the emotional impact of physical intimacy. That last one is a little speculative, but it does make sense, because vitamin C is needed to make oxytocin, the so-called love hormone!

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    1. I find it disappointing that both studies used these before and after training and neither compared the usage to separate from training. Personally, I don’t take more than a small dose of C (a piece of fruit, or a sliver of ascorbate powder) before training, and get a tiny bit with collagen based on the study that gelatin plus 50 mg C increased collagen synthesis in joints when taken before training. Anything more than that I would separate far from training.

      It’s entirely possible that you want an acute oxidative stress from training and that taking these peri-training interferes in a way where separating them from training doesn’t.

      I also think that changes in antioxidant status and changes in performance make it difficult to design a study properly. If your antioxidant status is increasing, the effect might be different than if it is kept high long-term. And if they make you handle metabolic stress better, then equating for volume and intensity in a study will mean less of a stress and thus less adaptation, but if you could have done more work because of the antioxidants, then in the real world you would do more work, and that would compensate to produce an equivalent stress.

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