Human race over centuries have combated epidemics like smallpox, polio and the Spanish flu and the immune system has adapted to survive these pathogens. Our immune system protects us from various illness, and hence its strength matters most in fighting illnesses like we are in this current state of COVID-19. Hence, we must understand that Vitamin C is essential to be a part of our diets as it helps in various ways to enhance immunity.
Vitamin C & Immunity
Vitamin C is documented to support several immune mechanisms in our body. Vitamin C contributes to immune defence by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. White blood cells(WBCs) are an essential component of our immune system. The powerful antioxidant properties of Vitamin C helps to protect certain WBCs from the toxic compounds that are produced in their fight against pathogens. Clinical studies with supplementation have shown that vitamin C reduces the duration of common cold symptoms.
Glutathione, The “Master Antioxidant”
Glutathione (GSH), a major cellular antioxidant, is considered an inhibitor of the inflammatory response involving reactive oxygen species (ROS). In simple language, glutathione protects the cell and the body from damage caused by harmful chemicals generated during the fight between immune system cells and the invading pathogens or other chemicals. Research supports the view that endogenous GSH plays an essential role in the establishment of the immune responses to viruses. Research has also shown that active glutathione (GSH) primes WBCs in the body’s front-line infection fighters. The body itself produces glutathione, but various factors lead to a reduced glutathione level in the blood. Glutathione is essential to keep a check on the inflammation in the lungs, and in controlling various viral infections.
Combination Of Vitamin C & Glutathione
Researchers studies have found that taking vitamin C supplements increased glutathione levels in white blood cells in healthy adults. Compromised immunity leads to the easy transmission of infections. Elderly, diabetics, immunocompromised patients, poor dietary and lifestyle habits impact immunity adversely and hence are more susceptible to acquire infections. Ensuring potent immunity is key to keep our self-protected, especially in a pandemic like COVID-19. It is almost impossible to avoid exposure to viruses & other pathogens, and we have to live with them. We can protect our self by consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin C & Glutathione to boost immunity and protect against viruses
- Vitamin C & Glutathione are essential for immune cells, low levels of these hamper the functions of immune cells and their ability to fight pathogens like viruses.
- Combined Glutathione and Vitamin C work synergistically within the body, plays a critical role in the activation of glutathione.
- Glutathione deficiency can be fulfilled with vitamin C supplements.
- The Duo of Vitamin C & Glutathione also has effects on functions of WBCs, which helps the body fights pathogens like viruses.
- Vitamin C & Glutathione helps the body to produce essential antibodies, proteins that bind invading microbes to neutralise them.
With inputs from Dr Anish Desai (MD, FCP, PGDHEP), Head Strategic Medical Affairs at Adroit Biomed Ltd
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