Two powerful nutrients for immune strength and more
Now more than ever, we understand the value of a strong immune system. The importance of getting the right nutrients in a daily regimen to prevent and fight viral infections, bronchial congestion, and allergic reactions can’t be overstated. And one of the strongest nutrient combinations we can recommend is Quercetin and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C contributes to both of your immune “operating systems” – innate and adaptive – and covers a broad range of activities. It acts as a fuel that helps your immune system protect you against microbes and various reactive oxygen species that damage and stress your cells, especially when your resistance is compromised.
Well known for its benefits to our overall health, Vitamin C touches on almost every aspect of immune function – strengthening the response of protective T-cells, antibodies, and other natural defenders that respond to viruses and bacteria. Our innate immune system also includes specialized white blood cells that can respond to any threats from pathogens like viruses and bacteria.
Your adaptive immune system is what helps your body develop immunity to a specific bacteria or virus after exposure or illness. The adaptive immune system includes T-cells, antibodies, and white blood cells that recognize invaders that survive your innate immune system, and either bolster your immune strength as a result, or destroy the infected cells so that they move out of your body altogether.
Additionally, Vitamin C may help reboot Quercetin levels in the body. While Quercetin may not be quite as well-known as other immune strengthening ingredients, it is more common than you think. Quercetin is a flavonoid polyphenol compound found in apples, grapes, onions, tea, and various herbs. There’s no doubt that a diet rich in quercetin-containing foods can help you stay healthy, but there’s also plenty of research that backs up supplemental Quercetin as a natural medicine for fighting viral infections.
Stay tuned as next week we’ll share more about the antiviral effects and additional benefits of Quercetin, including alleviation of allergies and asthma, as well its powerful effects on oxidative stress and inflammation.
Until then, Be well…
Erin Roush and the Freshlife Team