Vitamin C’s Role in Your Immunity

Vitamin C’s Role in Your Immunity

WHAT IS VITAMIN C?

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that’s water-soluble, and found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. It has many functions in the body, including supporting immunity, helping to heal wounds, maintaining healthy skin and bones, aiding in the formation of collagen, and in tissue growth and repair. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps detoxify or cleanse the body from harmful substances.


VITAMIN C AND IMMUNITY

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Playing a crucial role in the maintaining of the immune system, vitamin C is usually the first thing your parents, friends and colleagues will all recommend for that nagging cough or first signs of the common cold — and here’s why the advice continues to be passed down.

When your body is fighting an infection, especially during illness, vitamin C is rapidly used up in the body due to its varied roles. Vitamin C itself not only has antimicrobial activities but it also stimulates the growth of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, which responds to an invading pathogen.

This integrated role of vitamin C in helping our body fight infection has made it a nutrient of interest in immune science for decades. In numerous trials, regular supplementation with at least 200 mg of vitamin C has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms. Among highly active people in the winter, such as skiers or skaters, vitamin C supplementation cut the occurrence of the common cold by half!


OTHER BENEFITS OF SUPPLEMENTATION

High intakes of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. This may be due partly to the antioxidant content of these foods, as oxidative damage is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C has been shown to potentially reduce atherosclerosis — or the buildup of fatty plaques inside our blood vessels — by reducing the “stickiness” of immune cells. Furthermore, vitamin C can improve nitric oxide production, a key relaxer of our blood vessels, and extend the lifespan of the smooth muscle cells in our arteries and veins.

Population studies have also supported these heart-healthy benefits of vitamin C. One of the best-known and long-running studies is the Nurses’ Health Study, which ran for 16 years and included over 85,000 women nurses. The study’s authors found that, in this population, supplementing with vitamin C was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.


TIPS FOR SUPPLEMENTING

The recommended dose to prevent deficiency of vitamin C is 75 mg per day for women and 90 mg for men. Deficiency in Canada is rare due to our generally ready access to high-quality food and supplements, but the above benefits are often seen at higher doses. Supplements are available from very low doses all the way up to 2000 mg for adults. This wide range means it has a good margin of safety, and because it’s water-soluble, the body can excrete excess vitamin C in urine. That being said, it’s important to speak with your health care practitioner before making any changes to your daily regimen.

Vitamin C is broken down by heat and light, so be sure to follow storage instructions on your supplement’s label. The best place to learn more about the variety of these products is your local CHFA Member health food store, where you’ll find it in a wide range of different forms, including capsules, powders, gummies, liquids and more. Most supplements come in the form of ascorbic acid, which is often how it appears in nature, so the absorption of supplements is generally good in the digestive tract. If you’re taking high doses, spread them out throughout the day to ensure optimal absorption.

Vitamin C carries with it a wide range of health benefits, from supporting immune health to playing a role in preventing cardiovascular disease. This winter, especially if you’re highly active and enjoying the great outdoors, consider adding a vitamin C supplement to keep your body in tip-top shape.

Boost Your Immune in 3 Simple Steps!

Boost Your Immune in 3 Simple Steps!

One study found that taking one supplement would help Canadians stay healthy in the winter, by saving up to 84,000 courses of antibiotics, 500,000 sick days, $9 million in direct health care costs and $100 million in lost productivity1.

Can you guess what the supplement is?

The answer? A probiotic!

The Gut-Immune System Connection

We are all aware that our immune system is tasked with the amazing job of keeping us healthy by keeping invading germs and viruses from making us ill. But if you were asked to point to your immune system, where would you point? Although your immune system helps to keep foreign invaders from taking hold in your body throughout your body, most of it is located in your gut. In fact, 70% of your immune system’s cells and tissues can be found there.

Probiotics are important for boosting immunity by helping to reinforce and modulate the immune system. Just like the immune system can be found throughout the body, probiotics can too! One study found that taking oral probiotics can change the microbiome all the way up to the nasal cavity2.

And even if you end up getting sick, a probiotic can help to reduce the duration of a cold. Two large meta analyses found that a quality probiotic helped to reduce duration, frequency and antibiotic use due to a respiratory tract infection. Taking a probiotic could help Canadians shave off an average of 2.3 days of a respiratory tract infection3.

Taking a probiotic will help to boost your immunity – but it’s also important to create the right environment for your probiotic to do its magic. That’s why Genuine Health has created a complete approach to gut health:

#1 Prime Your Gut

Fermented supplements can “prime” the gut to receive nutrition. Fermentation amplifies the nutrition of food by increasing the nutrient profile, and bioavailability of a variety of nutrients, including B vitamins, magnesium and zinc. Try our fermented vegan proteins+ or fermented Greek yogurt proteins+, and convenient fermented bars, which provide your body with easily absorbed protein – with gut health benefits.

#2 Seed Your Gut

The type of probiotic that you take matters – it’s important to find a probiotic that contains plenty of live microorganisms with a guaranteed delivery mechanism. Genuine Health’s advanced gut health probiotic is crafted with 15 strains of super-potent bacteria that mimic the balance found in the gut. advanced gut health probiotic is encapsulated in a delayed-release, plastic-free capsule that’s been shown to deliver up to 10x the bacteria to the gut. Look out for advanced gut health probiotic in 15 and 50 billion CFU and two new probiotics for women: advanced gut health probiotic women’s DAILY and UTI.

#3 Feed Your Gut

Good nutrition is important to keep your body healthy in cold and flu season – and good nutrition is needed for your gut, too! Once you seed your gut with healthy, hearty bacteria from a probiotic, you need to feed them – that’s where a prebiotic comes in.

Just as it’s important to find a quality probiotic, it’s equally important to find a quality prebiotic. Based on cutting-edge research, Genuine Health created new fermented organic gut superfoods+, the ultimate prebiotic superfood, and the perfect partner to your probiotic! Using the latest research on prebiotics, fermented organic gut superfoods+ was made with 22 fully fermented organic superfoods and prebiotics to prime the gut and nourish a healthy gut ecology.

This winter, consider a three-pronged approach to staying healthy – a complete approach to gut health from Genuine Health.

 

References

  1. Wijnkoop, I et al. The Clinical and Economic Impact of Probiotics Consumption on Respiratory Tract Infections: Projections for Canada. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11): e0166232.
  2. Cross, M.L. Immune-Signalling by Orally-Delivered Probiotic Bacteria: Effects on Common Mucosal Immunoresponses and Protection at Distal Mucosal Sites. International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology. 2004.
  3. Wijnkoop, I et al.

Theive’s Oil or Marseille’s Remedy is an Ancient Remedy Used in Modern Times

 Marseille’s Remedy Thieves’ Oil & Balm:  Ancient Remedy for Modern Times

 

The Folklore

In 1413, as the bubonic plague decimated France, thieves were arrested for robbing dead and dying plague victims, a crime punishable by burning alive. The judge offered them leniency for their terrible crimes if they would share the secret which enabled them to expose themselves to the plague without contracting it.  The thieves explained that they were perfume makers and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of France’s sea ports.  They had prepared a special herbal infusion which they applied to their hands, ears, feet, masks, and temples and this protected them from infection.  As promised, the judge did not burn the men alive…He hanged them instead.  Soon after, plague doctors began to wear beak-like masks stuffed with absorbent material soaked in the Thieves’ blend to protect them from disease.

 

The Thieves’ original blend, containing vinegar and garlic, was known primarily as Vinaigre de Marseille. This formula was marketed by medical suppliers as the first line of defence for hundreds of years, and has been a staple of pestilent prevention in every plague since its formulation. The rise of the modern pharmacopeia saw this staple placed in the pages of forgotten history. Marseille’s Remedy is the most traditional concentrated form of this time- honoured recipe. Its applications are numerous, as a treatment for all of life’s hygienic needs.

 

A Powerful, Versatile Remedy

Marseille’s Remedy is an all-natural blend of five pure, high-grade, therapeutic essential oils used to improve wellness, health, and vitality. It consists of the organic, steam-distilled oils of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, plus the true cold-pressed oil of Lemon. These are sourced from Sri Lanka (the first two), Australia, France and Italy, respectively. This authentic blend naturally balances, safeguards, and synergizes (or strengthens) the healing properties of various essential oil constituents.

It can be mixed with any carrier oil for topical use, vinegar or soap for cleaning, baking soda for teeth, or used directly in a diffuser to purify air.

Its applications and usages are many, and when applied correctly, Marseille’s Remedy is a very effective antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral treatment.

We have received many happy testimonials from customers, including in successfully treating acne, boils, warts, cold sores, and colds/coughs amongst their families, to refreshing indoor air quality, eliminating their pet’s fleas, or wiping out surface molds, among others.

 

Suggested Uses:

  • Clears phlegm and congested airways
  • Relieves inflammation due to sprain/strain/rheumatoid arthritis
  • Antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • Eliminates airborne pathogens and foul odours
  • Antifungal: Feet, hands, scalp, and mold remediation
  • Use as hand sanitizer or all-purpose cleaner
  • Can aid in the treatment and prevention of topical infectious ailments
  • Deters mites, lice, worms, fleas, and mosquitoes

 

 

Applications:

  • Topical: Combine 2 drops of Marseilles Remedy with 40 drops of carrier oil, and massage into skin, muscles, or joints.
  • Direct Inhalation: For cough and cold, apply 2 to 6 drops undiluted product to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale. Alternatively, diffuse in boiling water or in an essential oil diffuser.
  • Household: Mix with soapy water, or diluted vinegar, to clean, and sanitize. Use undiluted to remediate mold around the house, or deter pests.     Since Marseille’s Remedy is a concentrated, undiluted pure blend, use responsibly. Avoid contact with eyes, membranes, or other sensitive body areas. Read label before using.

Thieves’ Balm:

The Balm is like having a popular muscle rub product combined with the favorite leading chest rub, merged into one effective and all-natural ointment. It contains over 50% of the Marseille’s Thieves’ Oil blend, plus some grapeseed oil and beeswax for pleasant texture, plus a warming natural camphor, and a soothing, deeply penetrating natural menthol (peppermint oil compound).

The balm is effective for many of the aforementioned uses, but also can “stick” longer to the skin, so is better suited for continual topical treatments, such as in respiratory disorders, or for joint or muscle aches or injury areas.

Some parents have reported how quickly it acted as an expectorant to help expel their child’s chest cold, and many clients have had success treating symptoms of back or other body pain. Recurrent daily use can help the body modulate the inflammatory response, and resolve conditions more easily.

Since Marseille’s Remedy is a concentrated, undiluted pure blend, use responsibly. Avoid contact with eyes, membranes, or other sensitive body areas. Read label before using.

Have a Cheerful and Healthy Autumn and Winter!

Boost your immune system with essential oils

Divine Essence® offers a wide range of certified NPN products, including chemotyped, organic, pure, and natural essential oils, that can help strengthen your defenses.

 

Included in the family of anti-infection essential oils are:

  • Eucalyptus globulus, the enemy of respiratory infections. When diffused or inhaled, this oil helps to clear airways and prevent respiratory discomfort.
  • Eucalyptus radiata is used in aromatherapy to help relieve symptoms associated with flus, rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, and ear infections. When inhaled, it helps prevent attacks on the immune system and keeps airways clear.
  • Ravintsara, from the Camphor family, helps to temporarily relieve coughs associated with colds. When inhaled, diffused, or diluted in vegetable oil and applied to the thorax, the oil helps clear and disinfect airways.
  • Tea Tree is widely used as a germicide and antiseptic, and can be mixed into a disinfectant hand lotion to help protect against bacteria. Tea tree oil is especially useful when you’re traveling and not always able to wash your hands.
  • Niaouli helps relieve symptoms associated with colds, sinusitis, coughs, and bronchitis. For an expectorant effect, dilute it in vegetable oil and apply locally.
  • Bay laurel is best known as an antiseptic. It helps relieve symptoms associated with colds, viral respiratory infections, influenza, and chronic bronchitis. It is used for its expectorant properties and, when inhaled, helps prevent respiratory infections.
  • Rosemary cineole is recommended for general or excessive fatigue. This essential oil helps you regain strength and fight coughs, sinusitis, and respiratory and bronchial conditions. Rosemary cineole oil can be applied topically (diluted in vegetable oil), diffused, or inhaled up to three times per day.

Discover the entire collection of Divine Essence® respiratory system essential oils. They are renowned for their excellent therapeutic performance.

FEATURED PRODUCT: Marseille’s Remedy Thieves’ Oil & Balm: Ancient Remedy for Modern Times

marseilles-remedy-product-photo-6The Folklore

In 1413, as the bubonic plague decimated France, thieves were arrested for robbing dead and dying plague victims, a crime punishable by burning alive.  The judge offered them leniency for their terrible crimes if they would share the secret which enabled them to expose themselves to the plague without contracting it.  The thieves explained that they were perfume makers and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of France’s sea ports.  They had prepared a special herbal infusion which they applied to their hands, ears, feet, masks, and temples and this protected them from infection.  As promised, the judge did not burn the men alive…He hanged them instead.  Soon after, plague doctors began to wear beak-like masks stuffed with absorbent material soaked in the Thieves’ blend to protect them from disease.

The Thieves’ original blend, containing vinegar and garlic, was known primarily as Vinaigre de Marseille. This formula was marketed by medical suppliers as the first line of defence for hundreds of years, and has been a staple of pestilent prevention in every plague since its formulation. The rise of the modern pharmacopeia saw this staple placed in the pages of forgotten history. Marseille’s Remedy is the most traditional concentrated form of this time- honoured recipe. Its applications are numerous, as a treatment for all of life’s hygienic needs.

A Powerful, Versatile Remedy

Marseille’s Remedy is an all-natural blend of five pure, high-grade, therapeutic essential oils used to improve wellness, health, and vitality. It consists of the organic, steam-distilled oils of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, plus the true cold-pressed oil of Lemon. These are sourced from Sri Lanka (the first two), Australia, France and Italy, respectively. This authentic blend naturally balances, safeguards, and synergizes (or strengthens) the healing properties of various essential oil constituents.

It can be mixed with any carrier oil for topical use, vinegar or soap for cleaning, baking soda for teeth, or used directly in a diffuser to purify air.

Its applications and usages are many, and when applied correctly, Marseille’s Remedy is a very effective antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral treatment.

We have received many happy testimonials from customers, including in successfully treating acne, boils, warts, cold sores, and colds/coughs amongst their families, to refreshing indoor air quality, eliminating their pet’s fleas, or wiping out surface molds, among others.

Suggested Uses:

  • Clears phlegm and congested airways
  • Relieves inflammation due to sprain/strain/rheumatoid arthritis
  • Antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • Eliminates airborne pathogens and foul odours
  • Antifungal: Feet, hands, scalp, and mold remediation
  • Use as hand sanitizer or all-purpose cleaner
  • Can aid in the treatment and prevention of topical infectious ailments
  • Deters mites, lice, worms, fleas, and mosquitoes

Applications:

  • Topical: Combine 2 drops of Marseilles Remedy with 40 drops of carrier oil, and massage into skin, muscles, or joints.
  • Direct Inhalation: For cough and cold, apply 2 to 6 drops undiluted product to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale. Alternatively, diffuse in boiling water or in an essential oil diffuser.
  • Household: Mix with soapy water, or diluted vinegar, to clean, and sanitize. Use undiluted to remediate mold around the house, or deter pests.

 

Thieves’ Balm:

The Balm is like having a popular muscle rub product combined with the favorite leading chest rub, merged into one effective and all-natural ointment. It contains over 50% of the Marseille’s Thieves’ Oil blend, plus some grapeseed oil and beeswax for pleasant texture, plus a warming natural camphor, and a soothing, deeply penetrating natural menthol (peppermint oil compound).

The balm is effective for many of the aforementioned uses, but also can “stick” longer to the skin, so is better suited for continual topical treatments, such as in respiratory disorders, or for joint or muscle aches or injury areas.

Some parents have reported how quickly it acted as an expectorant to help expel their child’s chest cold, and many clients have had success treating symptoms of back or other body pain. Recurrent daily use can help the body modulate the inflammatory response, and resolve conditions more easily.

Since Marseille’s Remedy is a concentrated, undiluted pure blend, use responsibly. Avoid contact with eyes, membranes, or other sensitive body areas. Read label before using.

 

Have a Cheerful and Healthy Autumn and Winter!

What’s the Difference Between Enzymes & Probiotics?

Although probiotics and enzymes appear to perform similar functions, and both are beneficial to the vitality of the body (actually they are vital to sustaining life!) – they are, in fact very different in their helpful actions!!!

 

One of the major differences between digestive enzymes and probiotics is that probiotics are living organisms. They are typically bacterial, but there are also some yeast species that function as probiotics.  Probiotic functions are numerous and they bolster health all over the body.

 

Enzymes, on the other hand, aren’t living. Enzymes are proteins, meaning they’re large molecules made up of long chains of smaller molecules called amino acids. Their function is to facilitate chemical reactions within the body.  Your body produces enzymes in the cells of several different organs, including the stomach and pancreas, and secretes them as needed into the digestive tract.

 

Digestive enzymes break large nutritional molecules, including protein, carbohydrates and fats, into smaller molecules that your intestine can then absorb. Probiotics, on the other hand, have a variety of functions that change with the species of organism. They can assist in vitamin and mineral absorption, alleviate lactose intolerance and produce vitamins (including K and B vitamins).

Probiotics do not, however, break down food molecules you eat.

 

Check out this video by Enzymedica and learn more:

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