Vitamin C rich food may prevent infections during monsoon

According to the information given through a research, consumption of Vitamin C rich food on a daily basis might prevent infections during the season of monsoon and thus it also help in killing infected cell in the body.

Though doctors call Vitamin C as one of the best boosters for the immune system, a recent study by Bangalore’s Indian Institute of Science has also found the molecular mechanism by which Vitamin C impedes and even kills Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic bacterium.

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Humid weather during monsoon leads to various types of fungal infections of legs, skin and nails. Hospitals in Delhi have seen a surge in the flow of patients with such cases.

Head of internal medicine at city-based Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, S.K. Mundhra went on to say: “It is advisable to consume at least 500 mg of Vitamin C on a daily basis as it helps in improving immunity, reducing the severity and duration of common cold, flu and infections. But remember to restrict the intake to not cross more than 1,000 mg as excess in anything can lead to side-effects.”

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Stating that since the beginning of monsoon he has received over 200-250 cases of patients with infections, Mundra said if one continues to take Vitamin C rich edible items then their immune system cells function well to detect, track and kill the infectious cells.

Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, which caters medical services to the patients of north Delhi, has seen 10-15 per cent surge in patients of infections, skin problems, and diarrhoea.

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