Vitamin C – Super Vitamin for Immunity, Testosterone & HGH

Does Vitamin C Increase HGH?

Vitamin C’s health benefits and needs in humans have long been understood. So does vitamin C increase HGH? Vitamin C HGH boosting properties are not well known but are there nonetheless. The minimum recommended daily amount can easily be consumed by a normal well balanced diet. To see the benefits associated with bodybuilding and HGH require additional supplementation.

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About Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a micronutrient very important for health. It is found in food but can also be taken in supplement form.

A deficiency of vitamin C causes a disease called scurvy. This is why it is on the World Health Organisations Model List of Essential Medicines (1).

It has a range of important functions which include:

  • Protect cells
  • Keep cells healthy
  • Maintain healthy
    • Skin
    • Blood vessels
    • Bones
    • Cartilage
  • Healing wounds
  • Immune system functioning

Adults need 40mg a day which is easily obtained through diet and found in foods such as:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach

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If you take a vitamin C supplement then do not exceed more than 2,000mg a day.

This is the upper tolerable where you are unlikely to hurt yourself. Vitamin C can have some unpleasant side effects if too much is taken:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Flatulence
  • Red hot flashes

This tends to happen at a dose in excess of 1,000mg.

Vitamin C is used by bodybuilders for a few different reasons.

It helps recovery by assisting protein metabolism and it can help increase testosterone by lowering cortisol and stress.

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Vitamin C HGH connection

One study (2)  of 108 men and women, found that peak stimulated HGH was positively associated with vitamin C.

These were increases at a basal HGH, overnight maximum HGH and mean HGH secretion.

They conclude that micronutrients like vitamin C are strongly and uniquely associated with stimulated and endogenous spontaneous HGH secretion.

It has been observed in the past that high doses of vitamin C can accelerate weight loss but without obvious cause.

The answer may be in the HGH boost seen in this study. Standard doses to achieve this boost are typically 500-2,000mg.


The Verdict

Vitamin C is one of the best known micronutrients and supplements in the world.

It seems to be able to push up HGH levels at higher doses – 500-2,000mg.

This is a well dosed standard vitamin C product:

Vitamin C 1000mg 180 Tablets (6 Month’s Supply) Ascorbic Acid, Suitable for Vegetarians by Nu U Nutrition


 

References

  1. WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (19th List)” (PDF). World Health Organization. April 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22465725

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