Boost your body’s natural defenses
Every day you face environments where there are many viruses and bacteria that test your immune system, so it is important to know how we can strengthen our defenses against these pathogens.
To function properly, your immune system needs a daily dose of certain vitamins and minerals, which you can provide with your diet. However, the busy lifestyle we lead makes it difficult to get what the body needs only through diet. A combined contribution of vitamin C and zinc is a good ally for your defenses.
The combination of vitamin C and zinc is a good ally for your defenses. Vitamin C acts on a first level of defenses, when the body detects a threat and responds to ingest and destroy patogens. Zinc acts on a second, more sophisticated level of defense, involving specific cells that recognize the specific type of threat. Therefore, the combination of these two micronutrients, vitamin C and the mineral Zinc, are a good defensive tandem.
In a 2012 publication in The Journal of International Medical Researchel it was demostrated the beneficial effect of supplementing 1000 mg of vitamin C combined with zinc (between 10 and 23 mg/dosis) in the recovery of infectious viral diseases such as the common cold (1)
Nutribiolite Vitamin C + Zinc Picolinate helps you maintain your natural defenses and contributes to the normal functioning of your immune system.
(1) Maggini, S.; Beveridge, S.; Suter, M. Journal of International Medical Research 2012, 40, 28.
The importance of zinc
Zinc is an integral component of more than 3000 proteins that play a role as enzymes and transcription factors involved in cellular signaling pathways and DNA repair and replication processes. The importance of this element for the maturation and maintenance of the balance of the balance of T cells has also been verified (1). T cells are part of the immune system and are formed from stem cells in the bone marrow. They help protect the body from infection and may help fight cancer. Also called T lymphocyte and thymocyte.
In 1987, Barrie S.A. and collaborators published a study in the scientific journal Agents Action comparing the absorption of the various forms of chelated zinc (2). It was concluded that zinc picolinate has better absorption than other forms of zinc as citrate or gluconate chelate. The study showed that there was an increase in the levels of zinc after a period of 4 weeks of taking the zinc picolinate as food supplement when compared to the other forms of zinc.
The Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) established a daily intake of zinc elemental of between 7.5 to 12.7 mg for adult women and 9.4 to 16.3 mg for men adults (> 18 years) (3). Each tablet of this food supplement provides 50 mg of zinc picolinate, which correspondes to a 10 mg of elemental zinc (100% of NRV).
(1) Haase, H.; Rink, L. Metallomics : integrated biometal science 2014, 6, 1175.
(2) Barrie, S. A.; Wright, J. V.; Pizzorno, J. E.; Kutter, E.; Barron, P. C. Agents and actions 1987, 21, 223.
(3) European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), “Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for zinc – EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA).” EFSA Journal 2014, 12 (10), 3844.
Characterized by its great antioxidant capacity (electron donor), vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, prevents the accumulation of free radicals, protecting the body from oxidative damage. For example, is well known the role of L-ascorbic acid in the neutralization of reactive oxygen species created by phagocytes during their oxidative destruction of foreign microbes. (1)
Another important property of the vitamin C is the ability to regenerate other important antioxidants in the body, such as vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol). (2)
The possible antioxidant effect of vitamin C on preventing certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other diseases in which oxidative stress plays an important role is currently being investigated. (2) In addition to its biosynthetic and antioxidant functions, vitamin C plays an important role in iron absorption in the intestine. (3)
Another very important function of vitamin C is its role in the formation of collagen. Without vitamin C the body simply cannot produce collagen. Collagen is a very important protein and the most abundant component of the skin and bones, covering 25% of the total protein mass in mammals.
Curiosity: Lack of vitamin C causes a disease known as scurvy, which was first described in 500 BC. C. by Hipocrates. This disease is characterized by a decrease in the body’s ability to produce collagen, which makes the blood capillaries fragile. In addition, it causes delays in healing, gum bleeding, tooth loss, anemia, drowsiness, and joint pain.
(1) Jacob, R. A.; Sotoudeh, G. Nutrition in clinical care : an official publication of Tufts University 2002, 5, 66.
(2) Niki, E. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1987, 498, 186.
(3) Gershoff, S. N. Nutrition reviews 1993, 51, 313.