Nutrition & Body

Own your immune system with vitamin C

Author - Daniel D'cruz
Nov 2, 2020

Vitamin C plays an important role in various systems and processes within your body. From healing cuts and bruises to supporting your adrenals when you’re under stress…it is extremely versatile. However, the world knows it for it’s immunity boosting properties. It’s no surprise that Vitamin C is called the immunity nutrient.

So what does Vitamin C have that supports your immune system?

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid as it’s better known in the scientific world is known to champion multiple immune functions in your body. Take for example the white blood cells which are an integral part of your immune system. You have multiple types of white blood cells, each helping to fight off illness-causing viruses and bacteria in a different way. Vitamin C helps stimulate both the production and function of many of these white blood cells. It also supports the production of important antibodies bind invading microbes to neutralise them.

In addition, it’s properties as an antioxidant help protect WBCs from toxic compounds while fighting pathogens. We can say without a doubt that Vitamin C is essential for our immune system response.

But vitamin C goes even further to support your immune system. Other functions in your body can affect how effective your immune system is at doing its job. And Vitamin C plays a role in several of these functions too.

Your skin and mucous membranes are your body’s first line of defence. A simple scrape or prick in your skin can open a gateway for infection-causing bacteria. Vitamin C helps your body to produce collagen – a protein that your skin needs for proper wound healing. In a similar way, your adrenal glands play a vital role in your body’s stress response. They use a significant amount of Vitamin C each time a stress response gets triggered. This is probably why you’re more likely to get a cold when you’re stressed.

To summarise, your body could always do with vitamin C and it’s as tasty as it is useful. There’s many fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C as well as supplements that you can add to your diet to keep your immune system functioning at its best.