During the cold and flu season many people look for natural ways to boost their immune system and stay healthy. While it is widely accepted that vitamin C is important for healthy immune system function, the benefits of its combination with the amino acid lysine are not commonly known.
Both vitamin C and lysine are not produced in the human body but they are essential for its many functions, including immunity and the production of healthy collagen, the “glue” that holds the cells building our body together. Optimum integrity and strength of collagen assures healthy body functions including a natural barrier against the spread of foreign invaders in our body.
Vitamin C and lysine work together in many aspects important for healthy response to the immune challenges including:
- Immune system function: Lysine can block enzymes which are used by bacteria, viruses and other invaders to break down collagen and spread in the body. Some people supplement with lysine to protect against the virus that causes cold sores. Vitamin C works with lysine in the formation of the collagen barrier and is essential for healthy blood production and immune system response. It aids in the absorption of iron which is the important component of hemoglobin in red blood cells.
- Optimum response to stress: Stress can affect our immune system function. Vitamin C helps in metabolic response to stress by releasing norepinephrine and epinephrine. It is needed in the production of thyroid hormones, serotonin and optimum metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine and tryptophan.
- Maintaining energy and stamina: Lysine together with vitamin C is needed to manufacture carnitine which is important for burning fatty acids for energy and also optimum immune system function.
- Antioxidant protection: Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants in the blood, working together with vitamin E and glutathione to neutralize various reactive oxygen species and protect optimum cell functions.
How much lysine and vitamin C does our body need?
Both vitamin C and lysine are water soluble and need to be supplied regularly as they cannot be stored in tissues. Some people such as athletes, vegetarians, the elderly or people recovering from stressful conditions may need more than just the usual dietary food to supply their needs for lysine. Lysine can be found in high protein foods like nuts, red meat, eggs, milk, and soy beans.
The needs for vitamin C dramatically increase under various physiological conditions. Some cells and tissues need higher vitamin C levels, such as the immune white blood cells (leukocytes), the eyes, adrenal glands, and brain. Good food sources of vitamin C are fresh fruits and vegetables.
Lysine and vitamin C can be found in health food stores or pharmacies, however, Dr. Rath LysinC Drink Mix comprises the right forms and proportion of lysine and vitamin C working in synergy for maximum health benefits. Its efficacy has been scientifically tested and shown superior to other dietary supplements on the market *. The bioavailability and efficacy of this formulation is further enhanced by citrus bioflavonoids.
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