reply to post by walkinglucid
The obesity statistic is skewed quite considerably. BMI is what determines that number. And according to BMI, bodybuilders with 4% body fat are
Anyway, when are people gunna get of this Vitamin C bandwagon? It certainly isn't imperative that you supplement. In fact, certain polyphenol
antioxidants, such as resveratrol, actually work through a process called hormesis. In other words, these antioxidants are beneficial in the low
doses found in foods, but are actually toxic when doses are increased. It works by causing stress or damage in low enough doses that causes a
compensatory response from the body that strengthens or protects or boosts, or what have you.
Radiation: Workers that handle low level radioactive materials have reduced rates of cancers and death. Even people living in high altitudes having
more exposure to radioactive particles from the sun.
Sunbathing: Low levels of sunbathing will increases melatonin production, which is a defense mechanism that protects from further, longer term
exposures. Of course, sunlight also stimulates vitamin D synthesis. And we all know that burning can lead to cancer.
Exercise: Yup, exercise is a stressor that causes the body to adapt by...increasing muscle mass, increasing VO2 max....increasing aerobic
Anyway, the point is, superdosing with antioxidants may not be such a good idea. Remember, oxidation is actually a good thing...IT'S HOW OUR CELLS
DERIVE ATP FROM FAT.
Truth is...you don't have to superdose with vitamin C if your body is properly uptaking it into the cells. And that doesn't happen when vitamin C
is competing with glucose for receptor sites.
If we have to have so much Vitamin C to keep from developing obesity, etc., then why are there people, especially pre-westernized Alaskan Inuit, who
eat a diet almost devoid of plant products from which Vitamin C is found, not obese, diabetic, cancerous, atherosclerotic or inflicted with scurvy?