Why does sugar depress the immune system and what will you do to offer yourself an added dose of immune system support?
Of course, it is known that sugar alone can significantly impair the immune system, but it is important to understand why that is the case. A Nobel Prize winning chemist by the name of Linus Pauling is credited for discovering the interesting nature of white blood cells (i.e. part of your immune system) and their relationship with Vitamin C. He uncovered that white blood cells require adequate Vitamin C to support optimal functioning of these powerful immune system cells. Furthermore, he studied the relationship between sugar and Vitamin C and noted that they have a similar molecular structure. This means that excess sugar literally competes with Vitamin C for space within the cell. If sugar wins, it's likely that your immune system will take a hit, making you more susceptible to catching a sickness.
It is estimated that white blood cells may contain 20 times the amount of Vitamin C compared to other cells. White blood cells also require about 50 times more Vitamin C inside the cell vs. the blood, to effectively deal with the byproducts of detoxification that occur when the cell kills off pathogenic bacteria. Think of it this way... when the white blood cell encounters a virus/bacteria, it has to ingest and destroy the cell. This is called phagocytosis and it is the body's way of eliminating unwanted invaders. In this scenario, Vitamin C is like the gas that fuels the cell's energy to be able to attack and destroy the unwanted invader. Scientists have been able to understand that a blood sugar level of 120<><><><><><>Continue Reading >
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