Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc

July 23, 2020 0 By admin

In a study released by Eva S Wintergerst, Silvia Maggini, Dietrich H Hornig, Vitamin C in the blood rapidly declines when a person is under infection or under stress. Drinking Vitamin C was proven to improve the immune system in humans. Vitamin C also protects against the breakdown of the cell due to respiration or exposure to Oxygen. On the other hand, the deficiency of Zinc was shown to impair the reaction of cells to defend the cell from infections.

Therefore, both nutrients play important roles in the immune function and the resistance to infectious agents which reduces the risk, severity, and duration of infectious diseases. This is especially important in populations in which insufficient intake of these nutrients is prevalent. In the developing world, this is the case in low- and middle-income countries, but also in subpopulations in industrialized countries, e.g. in the elderly. These trials document that adequate intakes of vitamin C and zinc ameliorate symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory tract infections including the common cold. Furthermore, vitamin C and zinc reduce the incidence and improve the outcome of pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea infections, especially in children in developing countries.

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Source: PubMed December 21, 2005