If you’ve been looking for vitamin C supplements in the pharmacy or supermarket recently, you may have noticed they were in short supply. Because of the alarming coronavirus pandemic, many people have been purchasing vitamin C in the hope that it will give them a stronger immune system. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the human body. It’s involved in several biochemical processes and many are related to immune health.
However, many people don’t know that only about 18 percent of the vitamin C they take orally makes it into the bloodstream. People who have digestive problems or those on certain medications may absorb even less. That’s why one of the best ways to supply your body with this important nutrients is to get a high-dose vitamin C drip.
Taking Vitamin C Orally vs. Intravenously
It is recommended that the average person get 90 milligrams of vitamin C daily. However, breastfeeding women should take in an additional 30 mg and smokers require an extra 35 mg. Most people can get adequate amounts of vitamin C by eating various fruits and vegetables. Just one medium-sized orange provides 77 percent of the recommended daily value. However, there are times when you may need a higher dose than you can take orally.
When you get vitamin C via intravenous therapy, the full dosage is immediately available to your body. High-dose vitamin C can be helpful if you’re trying to fight a viral or bacterial infection, dealing with excess fatigue or under increased stress. Stress can wear down the immune system and make you more vulnerable to certain types of illnesses.
How Vitamin C Supports the Immune System
Vitamin C affects immune function in several ways. For example, it can decrease inflammation in the body, and this can make your immune system work better. Vitamin C also boosts collagen production. Contrary to what you may think, collagen doesn’t only affect the look and feel of your skin. It also helps the skin to perform its barrier function and keep out harmful compounds. Vitamin C also promotes activity among phagocytes which are immune cells that get rid of harmful bacteria. At the same time, it supports the growth and of lymphocytes. These are immune cells that increase the antibodies in your blood.
Contact IVMeNow to Learn if Vitamin Therapy is Right for You
If you want to give your immune system additional support, vitamin therapy may be just the thing you need. IV therapy may not prevent you from getting the cold or flu but it may help to speed up your recovery. Call IVMeNow today to discuss how we can help you. We serve all of South Florida.