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The Significance of Vitamin C in Strengthening the Immune System

By: Brian (Ruibo) Wu

Nowadays, due to the increasing COVID-19 virus crisis, most people are quarantined at home helplessly, facing uncertainty. However, even though face masks and hand sanitizers are out of stock, there are still ways to protect and improve the immune system including taking vitamin C.

Proven by pharmacology, vitamin C can clear oxygen free radicals, resist oxidation, and prevent or treat a variety of chronic degenerative diseases. It can also be used as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, or anti-allergy medication.

Every organ of our body, including eyes, hair, skin, cardiovascular system, joint health, immune system, and teeth need vitamin C to function properly. Besides, the detoxification of the liver also needs the support of vitamin C. Moreover, vitamin C plays a major role in collagen synthesis, which accounts for 20% of the body’s protein.

Most importantly, vitamin C acts as a major assistant of white blood cells, which need 20 times as much vitamin C as normal cells. Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of a million antibodies, increasing the activity and efficiency of white blood cells and thus strengthening the immune system. 

The recommended dietary allowance for adults is generally 100 milligrams per day. The optimal dose for adults is 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams per day. Take it three times a day, and be sure to take small amounts more than once.

You can easily find vitamin C tablets and powder at any local pharmacy. There is not much difference between natural and man-made vitamin C, so there is no need to spend a lot more money on the natural ones. Moreover, certain fruits and vegetables also contain a great amount of vitamin C.

Just one note: the structure of glucose and vitamin C is very similar, and if you consume high amounts of sugar, your immune system will be weakened. Because glucose can affect vitamin C into the cell, it affects the efficiency of white blood cells. In other words, vitamin C is great for your immune system, just remember that everything should be taken in moderation!

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