VITAMIN C AND OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Vitamin C has long been known as essential for good health. It is important for energy production, hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis, collagen formation and metabolic regulation. Additionally, one of its most widely studied functions is its ability to improve the immune system.

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, can improve immune cell function and clearance in infections. It can prevent infection like the common cold by 50%. It also lowers the length and severity of the cold. Neutrophils – your infection fighters – need to have adequate levels of the vitamin to be able to fight viruses and clear them away. Low levels of vitamin C are found in people with respiratory infections because of increased demand by the immune cells.

Pneumonia and sepsis are serious side effects of the coronavirus. Vitamin C can lower the risk of getting pneumonia in respiratory infections and help fight it if it occurs. It also decreases organ failure and improves survival in sepsis. High dose Intravenous (IV) Vitamin C is currently being studied in China, Italy, and here in Canada for the treatment of coronavirus.

Getting this powerhouse vitamin in food is ideal, however, too much at once will loosen your stools. IV vitamin C bypasses the digestive system, getting higher doses directly into the bloodstream. If oral is your only way, take small amounts every 2-3 hours to avoid the runs.

If you would like to find out if IV Vitamin C is right for you contact Dr. May at Synergea Family Health Centre at 403.247.2947 or book online at Synergea.ca.