I’m not an expert but keeping ourselves as healthy as possible is well documented as the best starting point should this virus reach us. So, getting over viral infections and colds that we already have as quickly as possible can only be a good thing.
Dr Patrick Holford, a world leading nutritionist, explains that vitamin C plays a vital role in helping us to get over colds and viruses quicker! In a blog post on his website, he uses a number of references to clinical studies showing that vitamin C inhibits viruses multiplying and boosts production of immune cells. You can read his full article here where he goes into much more detail that I could explain, but for the purpose of my blog, I’ll keep things summarised and lighter to read.
How much do we need to take?
In a study of students, those given 1 gram of vitamin C every hour for six hours during the first day of a cold, reported 85 per cent less cold symptoms than those taking decongestants and pain killers. You can read the full results of this study here.
Although we tend to take it more when we feel ourselves getting sick, it’s an essential vitamin for every day life and it’s recommended we intake vit C daily in some form. The nutrition.org government website says vitamin C “helps to protect cells from damage and helps with the formation of collagen, which is important for normal bones, gums, teeth and skin. It also helps the immune system work as it should and the nervous system to function normally.”
You can get vitamin C from many fruits and veg listed below, however if you wish to increase your intake with a supplement, there are many different brands of vitamin C on the market. I’m aware I’ll sound biased here as I use the Forever Living products to provide a work from home income for my family, but I choose to take this brand of Vitamin C because it’s combined with a bran. (To reference it properly, an oat bran, that’s a highly soluble dietry fibre.) This combination means your body is able to absorb more vitamin C from the supplement, which is important as some vitamins are chosen for their strength which is irrelevant if it’s excreted before your body gets a chance to absorb it. Feel free to email me for more info on it.
What do you need to know about Vitamin C?
- It’s an essential Vitamin meaning your body can’t produce it
- It’s a powerful anti-oxidant
- It helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals
- Vit C in your skin helps with the formation of collagen, to even skintone and diminish wrinkles and helps your body repair damaged skin cells.
- It’s water soluble, so it’s not stored in your body
- It can be found in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, and spinach
- One cigarette depleats your vitamin C levels by 25mg
- Stress, medication and environmental factors also depleat the vitamin C levels in your body
- The Forever Vitamin C contains 60mg of Vit C, 500mg oat bran, papaya and honey for better absorbtion.