This story originally appeared in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Pointe.
Blisters, bruises, aches and injuries are an unpleasant but sometimes unavoidable part of being a dancer. But when you stock up on vitamin C, you're also promoting healing throughout your entire body. Here's what vitamin C can do for dancers.
Skip the Supplement
The saying "too much of a good thing" certainly applies to vitamin C. Megadoses of it in supplement form can lead to a laundry list of nasty side effects, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches and abdominal cramps. Getting your C from natural food sources is much safer, and you can fulfill your daily value easily with one large orange or a cup of chopped red bell pepper, broccoli or sliced strawberries.