Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | 08:16 WIB

Vitamin C Can Help Prevent Infections

Lemons contain plenty of vitamin C (pixabay)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The rainy season makes people vulnerable to infectious diseases. Therefore, doctors have urged children and adults to increase the intake of foods rich in vitamin C that helps kill infected cells in the body. Humid weather during the wet season causes various types of fungal infections in the feet, skin and nails.

Although doctors call Vitamic C as one of the best boosters for the immune system, a recent study by the Indian Institute of Science of Bengaluru also found a molecular mechanism in which Vitamin C inhibits and even kills Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic bacterium.

Humid weather during the wet season causes various types of fungal infections in the feet, skin and nails. Hospitals in Delhi have seen a surge in the flow of patients with such cases.

"It is advisable to consume at least 500 mg of vitamin C daily because it helps improve immunity, reducing the severity and duration of common colds, flu and infections, but remember to limit your intake to more than 1,000 mg because any excess can cause side effects." Mundhra, head of internal medicine at Saroj Super Special Hospital, as reported by Indian Express.

Mundra says if someone continues to consume foods rich in vitamin C then their immune system cells function well to detect, track and kill infectious cells.

Saroj Super Special Hospital, which serves medical services to patients in northern Delhi, has seen an increase of 10-15 percent in infectious patients, skin problems, diarrhea. According to the authorities at the All India Institute of Medical Science, every rainy season as much as 20-30 percent increase in hospital admission to patients due to infection. On average, the hospitals based in the city of Sir Ganga Ram, India that received 20-30 patients with skin infections during the rainy season.

"Although rare, brucellosis is another type of infection that is more common in animals and can also affect humans.Usually humans are infected when they consume animal milk in unpasteurized form but during the rainy season, animal waste is mixed with rainwater and when inhaled or injected To the human body (though unconsciously) infections can occur to affect the liver, "Reema said.