PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
This winter, don’t let colds and flu get you in their viral clutches. The best line of defence against the dreaded sniffles is to keep your immune system so strong that it’s ready to fight back when under attack.
Vitamin C is unquestionably the master immune-boosting nutrient, because it can be difficult for viruses to survive in an environment rich in Vitamin C. We tend to succumb to bugs when our bodies are run down; aim to boost your immune system with the right foods and environment so your body is able to adapt and respond quickly and powerfully to germs.
Not only is Vitamin C an immune-boosting superhero, it can also assist in the production of collagen and bone formation, and can be used for energy production and as an antioxidant. The trick is to continually make sure you’re supplementing Vitamin C, not just in winter or when you feel a cold coming on. When you do feel as if you’re heading down the slippery slope to a snotty nose, tight chest, non-stop sneezing and coughing fits, that’s the time to up your dosage of Vitamin C to give your immune system that extra fighting chance.
And remember, the immune system works best in a warm environment – this is why the body creates a fever to turn up the temperature and make sure it is fighting at its strongest. So, when you’re in the grip of a cold or flu, make sure to keep yourself warm and get plenty of rest, in addition to getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals.
Why supplement Vitamin C?
The RDA for Vitamin C is 60 mg – the equivalent of an orange a day – but studies have shown that the real protective benefits of Vitamin C only become significant when the intake is 400 to 1,000 mg a day – the equivalent of 22 oranges! You can easily see why supplementation is important.
The best easily available food sources of Vitamin C are broccoli and peppers; a serving of broccoli gives twice as much Vitamin C as an orange. Next best are kiwi fruits, followed by lemons, strawberries and oranges. Watercress, cabbage and cauliflower are also good sources.
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