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In contest preparation, bodybuilders have to rid their bodies of excess fluid to hel p with definition, and will use natural (and unnatural) diuretics in order to do this. The build up of high levels of vitamin C in body stores can act as a natural diuretic, helping to reduce water in contest preparation. Bodybuilders consume one to ten grams of vitamin C per day as a supplement for this effect (compare this to the UK RNI of 40 mg a day!). While I would not condone intakes of this quantity, it must be appreciated that vitamin C does have a beneficial purpose here in helping a bodybuilder achieve an important goal. If you do chose to use vitamin C supplements in excess of one gram, then definitely make it a short term action.

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