Vitamin C – IMMUNE STIMULATION AND PROTECTION!
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) stimulates both sides of our immune systems – innate and adaptive. It stimulates
white blood cells which includes neutrophils and phagocytes. These two guys are the soldiers that patrol our bodies in search of enemies, including viruses to destroy them.
Additionally, supplemental vitamin C also increases antibody levels and protect the integrity of immune cells.
We cannot synthesise vitamin C so it is vital to obtain it through food or supplementation.
Food sources include:
Think C for CITRUS, this is an easy one to remember – oranges and grapefruits. Think B for BERRIES: cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Among the VEGIES, capsicum, broccoli and brussel sprouts are amongst the best sources. Cooking destroys vitamin C so always enjoy raw.
According to nutrition Australia, on average, we should be consuming at least 2 servings of fruit per day and preferably organic in order to avoid nasty herbicides and pesticides.
Supplemental form should contain several forms of ascorbic acid such as calcium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmate, sodium ascorbate or magnesium ascorbate.
Dosage will vary depending on the individual and medical history.
High dose can affect aluminium absorption and influence bowel motions.
High dose vitamin C should be avoided by people who struggle with kidney stones, gout, cirrhosis or renal acidosis.
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