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.