Immune System Booster: Vitamin C
Vitamin C is loaded with antioxidants that have been scientifically proven to support immune health. Maintaining healthy vitamin C levels during cold and flu season can keep you healthier at a time of year when the immune system tends to be weaker. Taking vitamin C at the onset of a cold can reduce the duration and severity of the symptoms.
Vitamin C also plays a key role in the healthy growth, development and repair of body tissues and is essential to numerous bodily functions including the growth of collagen, the absorption of iron and the maintenance of bones and teeth.
Vitamin C affects healthy brain function by aiding in the synthesis of a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. Recent research suggests it might even lower cholesterol.
Vitamin C can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables including citrus fruits, green peppers, strawberries, tomatoes broccoli, cabbage, winter squash and dark leafy greens. Unfortunately most of us don’t get enough vitamin C in our diets so it is a good idea to add vitamin C supplements to our health regimen, especially during the fall and winter months.
Deficiencies are most likely to occur in the elderly and in people who have a history of alcohol abuse. People who smoke and women who use oral contraceptives are also prone to have lower than normal blood levels of vitamin C. High doses of aspirin taken over a long period of time can interfere with vitamin C absorption and may cause a deficiency.
It is more important than ever to keep our immune systems strong. Make sure your body has the vitamin C it needs to stay healthy during the coming months.