Immunity

Posted 10 March 2020

With summer behind us, the weary winds of winter fast approach with a chill. With so much happening in our day to day, it can be difficult to find the time to take care of ourselves, but this is evermore important during this worldwide coronavirus crisis. Our immune system protects us from germs, bacteria and other nasties that threaten our health. The immune system is under constant attack, with over 200 viruses (1)  that can cause the common cold. Adequate sleep, regular exercise and a diet high in fruits and vegetables all help to bolster our immune system. Here you’ll find some other ways you can strengthen it.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that is essential for the proper function of the immune system. With the concern that infections can be spread through contact, vitamin C helps in supporting the skin barrier so our body can protect against viruses. It is found in our immune cells and works as an antioxidant to clear away the mess our immune system leaves as it is busy fighting infections. Low levels of vitamin C are therefore associated with an increased risk of infection (2).

The daily intake of vitamin C is critical in maintaining our health as our bodies neither produce nor store it. While a wide array of foods are rich in vitamin C, if you want to go the extra mile look no further than Blackmores Bio C 1000mg 150 tablets.

Blackmores Bio C 1000mg 150 Tablets is a high-strength tablet that is buffered with mineral ascorbate making it gentler on the stomach compared to ascorbic acid alone. Containing no added preservatives, artificial flavours or sweeteners, a convenient, once-a-day dose is kind to the stomach but harsh on the threats to your health. (3)

Vitamin B6 also plays a large role in maintaining the immune system. A deficiency in vitamin B6 can result in the decreased production of antibodies needed to fight infections. vitamin B6 plays a part in the body’s production of interleukin-2, which helps direct the actions of white blood cells (4).

Thankfully, most of us get enough vitamin B6 in our diets. Foods rich in vitamin 6 are commonplace, such as pork, poultry, fish, bread and eggs to name a few. (5) Nature’s Own Vitamin B6 200mg 60 Tablets provides a fuss-free, once-per-day solution to vitamin B6 deficiency. This season, increase your immmunity against the threat of viral infection with this product.

Vitamin D is another element that plays an important role in the immune system. A deficiency is associated with an increased chance of infection. (6) Some other remedies to support immunity include herbal medicine such as echinacea and olive leaf extract to reduce fever. Zinc also plays an important role, with low levels of zinc being associated with a reduction in antibodies and immune cells. (7)

Our immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that protect us against infection, so make sure you're looking after yours!

Sources: 

(1) https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/understanding-common-cold-basics#1
(2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5409678/
(3) https://www.blackmores.com.au/products/bio-c-1000
(4) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-b6-deficiency-symptoms
(5) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-b/
(6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/
(7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5490603/