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How To Boost Your Immune System With Vitamin C

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What is vitamin C?

 

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin found in fruits and vegetables in varying degrees and bioavailability. Humans do not have the ability to make vitamin C and must obtain it from the diet. It's an essential contributor to many enzymatic reactions in the body, like the production of collagen, carnitine, and neuropeptides. Vitamin C is also essential in supporting immune regulation.

 

How does vitamin C boost immunity?

 

Vitamin C affects several components of the human immune system. It's an essential part of the skin’s defense system, which is your body's first protection against pathogens. It contributes to collagen production and strengthens your skin's barrier. Additionally, vitamin C has been shown to stimulate the production and function of white blood cells. Vitamin C protects the white blood cells from free radical damage and helps them function effectively to defend the body against infection.

 

 

So, can supplementing with vitamin C prevent illness?

 

Overall, regular vitamin C intake shortens the duration of an illness but does not necessarily reduce the risk of getting sick. Taking vitamin C once cold symptoms have already begun has no proven benefits; However, when surrounded by a virus, it is of great benefit to take vitamin C daily to strengthen the immune system!  The benefit of regular vitamin C consumption is a reduction in the the duration and intensity of being sick, with an even greater benefit in children. 

 

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Does baobab have vitamin C?

 

Yes! Baobab Fruit Powder is an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, it has 6 times the vitamin C of an orange by weight. The vitamin C in Baobab Fruit Powder is also bioavailable, meaning the body can easily absorb it and put it to good use. Supplementing with Baobab is a super easy way to get more vitamin C in your diet; just sprinkle it into your smoothie, oatmeal, salad, yogurt, or whatever you're eating.

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