What does Vitamin C do for the Immune System?
In our modern lives of stressful living and fast foods we have become nutrient deficient. Our daily intakes of fruits and vegetables are low and the quality of these foods is questionable. As I have written about before, the nutrient content of foods is low because of soil erosion. Over farming of land and the use of pesticides and industrial fertilisers have destroyed the natural balance of nature.
These industrial processes have reduced the vitamin and mineral content in our food. We require these nutrients to reduce the risks of disease. These vitamins and minerals are ‘essential’ that means we need them to live healthy lives. The effects of vitamin deficiencies can be seen in all the diseases that we see in today’s society.
Vitamin C deficiency is called scurvy, look a tthe symptoms of scurvy and you will see similar ones in humans. Vitamin C deficiency can cause all sorts of problems. Like wounds that won’t heal, higher risk of stroke, reduced immunity, gum disorders, and skin issues. Low Vitamin C concentrations in our blood will reduce collagen which means skin will lose its elasticity as will blood vessels.
In today’s world where we are continually stressed, and undernourished with nutrients, we will require supplementation to boost our immune system. Government levels of Vitamin C advice is around 60 – 90 mg a day for adults. But this amount just stops serious scurvy symptoms, what if with all the oxidative stress and environmental toxins we ingest daily, requires higher Vitamin C levels?
Studies show that Vitamin C accumulates inside various types of immune cells to help them combat infection and destroy disease-causing pathogens. Basically Vitamin C can help boost our immune systems.