Current research shown while Vitamin C and Vitamin D can alleviate metabolic syndrome combing exercise with these supplements maximizes the impact to alleviate metabolic syndrome.
Over 150 individual’s ages between 30 to 50 years of age participated in the Randomized Controlled Trial. Participants were assigned to one of six groups: Vitamin C group: participants took 500 mg of Vitamin C supplements daily. Vitamin C plus PA: participants took the same dosage of Vitamin C at either 7:30 am or 3:00 pm and completed 30 minutes of daily endurance exercise. Vitamin D group: participants took 2000IU of Vitamin D supplements daily in the morning. Vitamin D plus PA: participants took the same dosage of Vitamin D at either 7:00 am or 3:00 pm and completed 30 minutes of daily endurance exercise. Placebo Groups: one group received a placebo and participated in 30 minutes of daily endurance exercise and the other group did not participate in the exercise but received the daily placebo supplement. The study period lasted for 3 months and researchers collected data during this period.
Researchers found the Vitamin D had a larger influence on metabolic syndrome than the Vitamin C when evaluating the effects these supplements had on blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and fasting plasma glucose levels. The Vitamin C however was more effective for reducing HDL and triglyceride levels as well as waist circumference. Individuals in the Vitamin D plus PA group showed lowered systolic blood pressure which was not seen in the Vitamin C group.
The main limitations of the study were its small sample size and short study period.
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