As we all know, the battle against Covid-19 is still on, and the possibility for a vaccination soon looks like a far-sighted wish. In such a situation, the doctors and medical practitioners have been advising the practice of increasing one’s immunity naturally, in order to prepare the body against such contagious infections.
So, by the way of this article, we wish to generate awareness about the benefits of Vitamin-C in this long battle against the Covid-19.
Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. It basically means that while our immune system fights to kill the pathogen, some amount of oxidative damage is caused. Vitamin C helps in breaking this oxidative damage that in the long run tends to get accumulated in our body. Alongside this, it also aids the development of the White Blood Cells.
Inflammation in our body can be controlled by a regular dosage of Vitamin C. A lot of biochemical processes in our body are dependent on this vitamin. A few of the many functions would include, promoting and healing of wounds, chemical messengers in the brains and hormones. It helps in the secretion of collagen in our body, which acts as a preventive shield against harmful compounds. The vitamin also aids the activity of phagocytes and lymphocytes, which are types of immune cells that increase the circulation of antibodies and proteins.
From all of the above, it is evident that even though Vitamin C doesn’t directly fight the virus, but it helps in the generation of antibodies that further fight against the foreign harmful substances, like in this case the Covid-19 virus. To give you a small example, one of the richest sources of Vitamin C are fruits like Oranges, which are mostly available during the winters. Now, common flu, cold, and cough are very common in the winters, and hence it is advised to eat a lot of oranges to keep such viruses at bay. Now, even though the studies don’t indicate towards less probability of you catching a cold with good vitamin source, it ensures that you recover faster.
To talk about the dosage of Vitamin C, 90mg per day is deemed to be enough. If you aren’t someone who prefers supplements, you can very easily meet your needs through your diet. Oranges, broccoli, and gooseberry are highly rich in Vitamin C. Another thing to note about it is the fact that Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that it cannot be stored in the body and hence requires a daily intake.
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