Doctor's advice

Boost your immunity with vitamin C!

Autumn is a period when the strength of the immune system is particularly important for our health, as immune system protects us not only from various viruses and bacteria, but also from other diseases.

Especially in autumn and spring, temperature fluctuations are more common, consequently we are exposed to more viral and bacterial infections, which threaten our health. We consume too much processed food, poor in vitamins and minerals, we don't exercise enough and don't and relax enough, after a stressful day at work and increased emotional pressure. All circumstances mentioned don't benefit our immune system, which becomes weakened and therefore more susceptible to various infections and other diseases. The first signs of weakened immune system are fatigue and exhaustion.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the most important antioxidants, playing an important role in the body’s defence against viral and bacterial infections.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved the following health claims for vitamin C:

  • contributes to maintain the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise (the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 200 mg in addition to the recommended daily intake of vitamin C),
  • contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth,
  • contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism,
  • contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system,
  • contributes to normal psychological function,
  • contributes to the normal function of the immune system
  • contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress,
  • contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue,
  • increases iron absorption.

The need for vitamin C is increased in particular in smokers, in people who are exposed to greater physical exertion (including intense sports activities), during pregnancy and breastfeeding, when under mental or intellectual stress, with alcohol abuse, the use of certain medications, infections and certain medical conditions.  

Due to increasingly depleted food and increased consumption of vitamins and minerals to neutralize toxins in our body, a healthy diet alone is sometimes not enough. The vast majority of people do not consume the recommended daily dose of micronutrients, therefore it is advised that we increase our vitamin-mineral intake with dietary supplements to ensure that our immune system maintains its full strength!


Author: Tina Kamenšak

Category: Doctor's advice

Published: 09.10.2020 11:52

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