Vitamin C and Pneumonia
Back in the early 1900 an American paediatrician Alfred Hess carried out some ground breaking work on scurvy, a skin condition caused by a severe vitamin c deficiency.
Hess noted that there was a direct link between scurvy and pneumonia and his work became so renowned that by the 1930’s vitamin C was being used as a treatment option for pneumonia and other lung conditions.
So how does vitamin C work to help your body fight a lung infection?
Firstly during a lung infection cells in the lungs come under a great deal of ‘oxidative stress’ which contributes to further damage of lung tissue. Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant dampening down ‘oxidative stress’ and allow cells to recover.
Secondly, vitamin C has anti-viral activity meaning it helps to activate, strengthen and increase the number of the specialised immune cells (phagocytes and lymphocytes) used by your body to fight infections. All of these actions work together to decrease the replication of the virus meaning that you can start winning your battle back to good health.
When choosing a vitamin C it’s important to look for one that is well absorbed, works quickly and is effectively delivered straight to the cells that are under stress.
Altrient C is a liposomal form of vitamin C and it’s this form that’s considered to be the most scientifically advanced. Liposomal simply means the vitamin C is cleverly wrapped in a layer or bubble of phospholipids.
Since all our cells also contain an outer layer or membrane of phospholipids the two can join together easily and quickly which enables the vitamin C to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and be delivered to cells in need with speed and agility.
- By Jackie Newson
- BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy
Jackie has been writing for a range of health publications since graduating as a nutritional therapist from Westminster University in 2008. In addition to producing health and nutrition workshops, Jackie is also an experienced assessor and enjoys the opportunity to help other students of nutrition to achieve their goals. In her role as an experienced nutritional therapist, Jackie offers individualised advice on a variety of health conditions. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of healthy nutritious food, supported with high quality supplementation to achieve optimal health. Jackie is a great believer in the power of positive thinking and attributes much of her enthusiasm and sense of well-being to the wonderful people in her life, a healthy diet and yoga which she practices regularly.