Vitamin C improves immune cell function

Summary Immune cells require large amounts of vitamin C to function well. An increased turnover of vitamin C in the body due to, for instance, stress and illness can induce vitamin C deficiency when its intake is too low. Several immune processes are influenced by vitamin C. Consequently, a sufficient level of vitamin C is…

Zinc helps against infection and inflammation

Summary Zinc is a micronutrient essential in maintaining a well-functioning immune system. Its deficiency can induce dysfunctions of the immune system and make people more susceptible to infectious diseases. Inflammations are also related to zinc deficiency since zinc has an important influence on pro-inflammatory factors in the human body. In addition to an adequate diet,…

Vitamin C may reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation in critically ill patients

Summary This meta-analysis included 8 trials with 685 patients in total. Results showed that vitamin C decreased the length of mechanical ventilation on average by 14%. Vitamin C showed beneficial effects, particularly in patients with the longest ventilation (most severe diseased patients). In 5 trials, including 471 patients requiring ventilation for over 10 hours, ventilation…