HEALTH | Ways to boost your immunity amid COVID-19 pandemic

HEALTH | Ways to boost your immunity amid COVID-19 pandemic

HEALTH | Sept 17, 2020:

While everyone is busy finding ways and means to prevent themselves from getting infected from the worldwide pandemic, TNT-The Northeast Today brings you tips to boost your immunity, which is very much essential in times of COVID-19.

For the past many months, each one of us has been relentlessly waiting for the vaccine, which may take some time. In the meantime, why not take care of ourselves with natural remedies instead of buying expensive medicines and tiring work-outs? We will tell you how.

Vitamin C is often touted as a natural remedy for cold and is the best supplement to boost your immunity. It is also known as ascorbic acid and is a water-soluble vitamin. Since the human body cannot make vitamin C, it must come from the foods being consumed every day.

#Research shows vitamin C is essential for the growth and repair of tissue all over the body. Vitamin C helps heal wounds and repair and maintain healthy bones, teeth, skin, and cartilage — a type of firm tissue that covers the bones.

#Vitamin C works as an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body, perhaps preventing or delaying certain cancers and heart disease, and promote healthy ageing. Vitamin C from foods also seems to reduce the risk of cartilage loss in those with osteoarthritis.

#Though it may not keep you from catching a cold, there is some evidence that high doses of vitamin C may decrease the length of cold symptoms by as much as one to one-and-a-half days for some people. However, other studies did not result in the same findings, and the risk of side effects is greater with high doses of vitamin C supplements, so check with your doctor or dietitian before taking.

#In comparison, sources of vitamin C are abundant and extend well beyond the ever-popular orange or orange juice. Many fruits and vegetables supply this vital vitamin such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kiwi fruit, among others.

#Interestingly, for vegetarians this vitamin C helps the body to better absorb non-heme iron — the kind from plant foods such as beans, spinach, and quinoa. To get this benefit, combine vitamin C-rich foods with iron-rich plant foods in the same meal.

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