I keep reading, and I found a bunch of contradicting (at least according to my interpretation) opinions about vitamin C. I am on a fat loss phase (30 lb down, 10ish to go), and I want to understand if my vit C supplementation is in the right direction. I take 1g every night, assuming it will combat the cortisol produced during the sleep fast.
The two opinions I hear are:
1. If you do not take vitamin C after training hard, cortisol levels skyrocket, you will break down muscle and put on bellyfat. A few trainers (CT etc) recommend a couple of grams PWO. A few say antioxidants affect insulin response, take a few grams but not peri workout. So, before sleeping seemed like the right time.
- The Intermittent Fasting camp - Cortisol is unfairly vilified, you need it to break down any tissue - fat or muscle. Fucking around with cortisol may cause you to not lose fat. In fact, the IF theory relies on the elevated cortisol levels from fasting to break down fat.
I realize that vitamin C has a bunch of other benefits such as immune system support etc. And also heard about people warning about "rebound scurvy" on the T-Nation forums.
So, to wind it up, if I can just keep doing what I am and make more progress by taking/not taking one small pill, I want to know about it.
What do you guys suggest?