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    Why CurraNZ and Vitamin C are a complementary pairing for immune health

    on January 15, 2021

    WITH another UK lockdown in full force, protecting our health, finding strategies to reduce inflammation and staying out of harm’s way continue to be a priority.

    Customers have recently been asking whether we recommend using Vitamin C with CurraNZ – and the answer is a resounding yes!

    This outstanding combination will help your immune system, fight infections, inflammation, and stay well.

    While blackcurrants naturally contain high levels of vitamin C, our extract is potentised to dial up the anthocyanins and, as a result, there is low vitamin C content in CurraNZ. 

    Why do CurraNZ and Vitamin C make a great combination? 

    These plant bioactives work on different pathways to Vitamin C, instead of acting as a direct antioxidant, our anthocyanins stimulate the body’s antioxidant systems and help upregulate the activities of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, such as Vitamin E and glutathione.

    Anthocyanins also possess a host of anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, blood flow-promoting and immune-modulating properties.  

    In short, anthocyanins make a complementary pairing, not only with vitamin C, but with general vitamin and mineral supplementation, which are important to maintaining healthy immune function.

    The latest Vitamin C developments - what's in the news

    The recent surge in enquiries is no coincidence, following publication of a high-impact, peer-reviewed paper last month, ‘Vitamin C – An Adjunctive Therapy for Respiratory Infection, Sepsis and Covid-19’.

    The literature review, published in the globally-respected Journal Nutrients, reveals clinical evidence showing how Vitamin C can be instrumental in fighting and reducing inflammation, oxidative stress and stress responses aligned to viral, respiratory infections, sepsis and Covid-19.   

    The data around Covid19 and the effectiveness of Vitamin C has been building as scientists in several countries conclude clinical trials. The results have been compelling and raise the important question of whether we should all be including it in our daily supplement regimes. 

    Respected Professor and author lists the priorities for immune health right now

    Doctor Sam Yanuck, adjunct assistant Professor in the Integrative Medicine program in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, recommended the intake of polyphenols in a recent interview, endorsing the importance of these substances that "reduce inflammation and promote robustness of anti-pathogenic immune responses”.

    Dr Yanuck recently co-authored a breakthrough paper “Evidence Supporting a Phased Immuno-Physiological Approach to Covid-19: From Prevention Through Recovery” and highlighted other strategies to help keep inflammation under control.

    He says: “Make sure that sleep is adequate, that stress levels are low. And if the stress level can’t be modified in a fully efficient way, then consider adaptogens so that the person’s capacity for tolerating stress is diminished."

    Adaptogens, found in polyphenols, herbs and spices, are thought to help relieve stress by modulating the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. As biological response modifiers, adaptogens restore the body’s innate immune function and help the body adapt to different stressors. 

    Dr Yanuck also highlights the importance of watching our nutrition, saying: “Make sure their diet is low glycaemic and doesn’t have a lot of alcohol.

    “Then you want to consider nutritional support and make sure there’s adequate installation of vitamins A, D, C, zinc, fish oil, that have been shown in research to have a very useful effect in modulating inflammatory processes and have an immune-supportive role.

    “You’re trying to ensure a very modest baseline level of inflammation so there’s room for a crescendo-decrescendo of the immune response when confronted by the virus."

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