Okay, so yesterday we stoke about the importance of vitamin A for keeping the lining of our nose, throat and mouth healthy, making it difficult for "antigen" like this virus to enter the body.
So today we continue talking about how to protect our health in this time of uncertainty.
Today we talk about "vitamin C".
"Vitamin C" is a potent antioxidant and contributes to our immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. This protects our cells from harmful molecules called "free radicals".
Now . . . as we know when "free radicals" accumulate in the body, they can promote a state known as "oxidative stress". I've spoken of this many times before.
And this "oxidative stress" is associated with "chronic diseases".
"Vitamin C" has the ability to help the body's natural defenses fight this "inflammation".
So what else can "vitamin C" do for the body???
Well . . . it helps to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk factors for high triglycerides or LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which can reduce the risk for heart disease.
"Vitamin C" also helps to reduce uric acid in the blood and as a result . . . protects against a "gout" attack.
Another interesting factor is that "vitamin C" can help reduce the risk of "anemia" among people prone to iron deficiency.
Now, we know that "dementia" is a broad term used to describe symptoms of poor thinking and memory. And that "oxidative stress" and "inflammation" near the brain, spine and the central nervous system can increase the risk of dementia.
Well . . . as I mentioned above . . . "vitamin C" is a strong antioxidant that helps to fight this "oxidative stress".
Okay . . . so how does "vitamin C" boost immunity to help protect us from this virus???
Well . . . "vitamin C" encourages the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body against infection. It also helps these white blood cells function more effectively while protecting them from damage by potentially harmful molecules, such as "free radicals".
So where does this virus fit into all this greatness???
Well . . . "vitamin C" levels in white blood cells are ten times higher than in plasma, which may indicate functional roles in immune system cells. Which in turn, affects the function of "replication in viruses".
And if pneumonia from this respiratory virus does take hold of you . . . "vitamin C" has been shown to shorten the recovery time.
So what are good sources of "vitamin C"?
Well . . . that would be citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, kiwifruit, broccoli, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, blackcurrants. And guess what???
Green and red bell peppers containing more "vitamin C" than an orange.
So get your "C" on today and tomorrow we talk about the "B's"
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