How do citrus fruits boost immunity during Covid 19?
During a pandemic, it is evident that a nutritious diet and diet and regular exercise can help a person live a good life in terms of health. Fruits and vegetables-Apeksha Ekbote, chief nutritionist at Nephro Plus, said that citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Can they improve immunity? Ekbote says that vitamin C helps increase the production of white blood cells, which helps fight infections. However, this potent antioxidant can fight free radicals in the blood, thereby reducing oxidative stress.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapples, sweet limes, lemons, kiwis, and guava are rich in vitamin C. The highest vitamin content is gooseberry/Indian gooseberry, which is the most often overlooked.
Meanwhile, Amla’s vitamin C is 20 times that of oranges. She said that citrus fruits are powerful immune enhancers because they “help to remove external bodies that attack our human system in the form of bacteria, viruses, etc.
Indian gooseberries/currants are believed to have the highest vitamin C content. “Our body needs vitamin C because it supports the cellular functions of our innate and adaptive immune systems. The Covid 19 virus is an external body that causes oxidative stress and weakens the body’s immunity when attacked.
Ekbote also said that studies have shown that for severe infections, such as sepsis, trauma, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), intravenous high-dose vitamin C can significantly improve patients’ symptoms.
However, it helps stimulate the production of antibodies,” he continued. Therefore, it is recommended to consume at least 100 grams of citrus fruits a day during and after Covid to get the necessary vitamin C and boost immunity, the nutritionist concludes.
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