Since the corona virus or Covid 19 outbreak, we all are hearing about the importance of Vitamin C. Doctor/Physicians around world are suggesting people to either eat vit c rich foods or in a supplementation form. People who were into fitness, know it better but normal people today are searching various sources and even going to pharmaceutical shops or e-commerce sites to purchase supplements.
Answer to this question, is simple.
Vitamin C helps in improving the improving function in our body, which is actually the need of the hour.
To survive and defeat this Covid-19 outbreak, we all need to improve our immunity & strength along with following the government guidelines such as maintenance of social distance, using face mask, sanitising regularly etc.
Remember, vit c alone cannot cure or treat infection
This is a powerful antioxidant that helps in maintaining good skin health and off course immune function. It is a water-soluble vitamin, which can be found in various food products specially vegetables and fruits. We daily need to include vit-C rich food in our diet or supplement it as our body cannot produce or store it. Other benefits of vit-c consumption include healthy collagen synthesis, small blood vessels, connective tissues, bone & teeth.
How this vitamin-C actually helps against Corona virus infection
- It helps in developing and supporting WBC or White Blood Cells. Also known as leukocytes, WBC helps in fighting and protecting body against the infection causing disease and harmful anti bodies
- As you can see, the major cause of death among the covid infected people is mainly lung damage due to heavy inflammation. Vit-c protects lungs and other body organs from inflammation
- As an anti-oxidant, it reduces the oxidative damages in our body that may be caused when our immune system fight against the pathogens
- Vit-C also boost up the activity of immune cells called phagocytes, which absorbs the harmful bacteria and other anti-body particles in the body
Food that are rich in Vitamin C
One medium bell pepper gives almost 140 mg vit-c thus making it good dietary source for the nutrition
Guava is another rich source of vitamin c, which provide almost double of the daily recommended allowance
Citrus Fruits include oranges, lemon, lime and grapefruits.
100 grams of oranges include 93 mg vitamin c
100 grams of grapefruit contain 70 mg of vitc
Lemon and lime are included in almost all detox drink for their antioxidant nature
2 medium sized kiwi fruits provide almost 132 mg of vit-c
100 grams of Broccoli give 130 mg of vit-c
One cup of sauteed nutritious & fibrous vegetable provide 45mg vit
Amla / Indian Gooseberry
100 grams of amla provide around 600 mg vita c
Green leafy vegetable
100 gram of leafy greens like spinach provide 120 mg
100 grams of tomatoes include 100 grams of vita
If you choose to supplement it
As per Food and Drug Association (FDA), upper limit of supplementing the vitamin-c without any negative effect is 2000 mg. So, do not exceed this recommended dosage.