Muscle: Vitamin-C Dosage For Hypertrophy

As a weight training athlete, or as a bodybuilder, the requirements for vitamin-C intake are far higher than what is recommended for the average person. For our specific needs it would be a good start to include a daily dosage of at least 500mg, but it isn’t necessary to exceed more than 2000-3000mg.

If you’re taking a multivitamin, then don’t forget to take the amount of vitamin-C in the multivitamin into account. A multivitamin on its own won’t give enough vitamin-C for our muscle-building needs, so we will need to purchase a separate vitamin-C supplement.

Taking large amounts of vitamin-C is perfectly safe as it is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that our body flushes out the excess through urine or sweat. Dividing our total daily intake into two or three dosages would be beneficial for absorption. As an example, if we aim to take 1500mg of vitamin-C supplement per day, then we would divide the doses into three 500 mg servings. One in the morning, one before our workout, and then another one after your workout. The most beneficial time to take a dose is just before a workout to help in making energy available for training.

The benefits of vitamin-C are important to any serious weight lifter, or bodybuilder, and it is a vitamin that is worth considering when we think about supplementation to aid our training.

Happy Lifting!


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5 comments for “Muscle: Vitamin-C Dosage For Hypertrophy

  1. GymRockStar
    September 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    During the carb deplete part of peak week, another competitor told me Vit C would help with constipation, too. Maybe TMI, but peak week is tough on the body, so I wanted to share. I haven’t researched it yet.

    • September 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      I haven’t heard that, but it’s good to know for those that are competing. How did you do, and what competition?

      • September 3, 2012 at 1:14 am

        A local NPC competition. There were only two in my class for Women’s Physique and I got second. Since it took me three years to get to that first show, I’m pleased.

  2. September 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I agree; even as a martial arts practitioner, I always make sure i’ve got abundant amounts of Vitamin C in my body:)

    • September 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      It is definitely a worth while nutrient to have in abundance!

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