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Friday, March 4, 2011

Vitamin C and the Immune System

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

       "Food for the Family" page written by Aida Cerdenola-Alarcon impresses me much and I would also like you to be impressed with me. She talks about not just good food but good health as well.

       The immune system is the body's best defense against foreign invaders including viruses, bacteria and fungi. In general, good health depends on a strong immune system because everything-from speed and deterioration of aging to the recovery from any disease-relies upon the efficiency of this system.

       The Good Acid
       Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is water soluble. It functions as an antioxidant that lessens the harsh effects of harmful chemicals in the body.
        Here are some other benefits of Vitamin C.

        1. It synthesizes collagen. A weak collagen allows bacteria and toxins to infiltrate the body.
        2. It enhances the body's physical and immune system defenses against infections.
        3. It increases the body's production of glutathione, an antioxidant that stimulates the immune system and
            and detoxifies bacterial waste products.
        4. It increases interferon levels and antiviral substances produced in the body, increasing antibody levels
            in the bloodstream and boosting the activity of the thymus gland. Mega Vitamin C therapy is used in
            treatment of AIDS, cancer and other diseases in which boosting the immune system function is of
            primary importance.
        5. It increases the immunity and T cell activities in elderly people.
        6. It is vital to white blood cells in destroying invading viruses and bacteria.
            If infection is present, infusion of vitamin C shortens the duration and severity of an infection.
        7. Regular intake of Vitamin C contributes to the development of healthy bones to prevent
            periodontal diseases.
        8. Eating Vitamin C-rich fruits and fresh vegetables substantiates the depleted vitamin C caused by
            stress or infection.


You will need:

2      pieces carrots
1      piece ripe mango
1/2   cup lime juice
4      cups water
        Sugar as needed

Here's how:

1. Peel carrots, then chop and puree.
2. Add the mango flesh and lime juice.
3. Blend.
4. Add water.
5. Add sugar according to taste.
6. Serve cold.

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