LET’S START WITH COLLAGEN …
Collagen; It is the major protein in tendon, ligament and bone structure and accounts for about 30% of all proteins. More than 40 genes encoding collagen have been identified in humans, and there are more than 28 collagen subtypes. So not all collagen is good in all situations. Collagen type type 2 collagen, which should be used especially in advanced age (osteoporosis) and joint pain. Using only type 2 collagen will not be enough in advanced ages to protect against immunity and diseases. In this case, the most important vitamins and trace elements we need besides collagen are as follows. Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Calcium, Zinc. Choose products in this combination for a healthy body.
FOR A STRONG UNFRGABLE IMMUNE SYSTEM LIKE OUR BONES: D-VITAMIN
Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, is found in relatively few foods. It is possible to take Vitamin D, which has important effects on metabolism, with foods such as fish oil, oily fish such as salmon and eggs in healthy diets. On the other hand, when our skin is exposed to sunlight, 7-dehydrocholesterol, which is the precursor vitamin D, turns into active vitamin D, in other words Vitamin D3, and in this way, it is possible to meet our Vitamin D needs. Vitamin D is classically known as the vitamin that strengthens our bones. In addition to its classical effect, this vitamin acts as a regulator in the regulation of our hormonal secretions, especially in our immune system, and cell renewal processes. Especially its effects on our immune system are very important.
Vitamin D strengthens the first defense against microbes such as viruses or bacteria that enter our body. The first entry points of microbes into our body are usually the conjunctiva of our eyes, nose, mouth and throat mucosal areas. In these regions are the main cells of our innate immune system, our macrophages. Vitamin D strengthens our macrophages and other cells of the innate immune system. In another arm of the immune system, vitamin D contributes to functions that prevent our body from perceiving its own cells as foreign. Thus, on the one hand, it supports our fight against microbes, on the other hand, it provides protection against the autoimmune diseases that are common today. This wonderful vitamin not only strengthens our bones but also strengthens our immune system. Thus, we have a strong unbreakable immune system, just like our strong unbreakable bones. For strong immunity strong bones, you need to maintain your Vitamin D levels.
THE MOST IMPORTANT SHIELD IN BATTLE WITH VIRUSES: C-VITAMIN
This vitamin, which is in the group of water-soluble vitamins, is also known as ascorbic acid. It is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C; It plays important roles in vital events such as protecting our gene health, energy metabolism, regulation of our hormones, and strengthening of our immune system. Natural sources of vitamin C, which we have to take from outside and which are not produced in our body, can be counted as citrus fruits, kiwi, mango, strawberry, papaya, tomato, green leafy vegetables and broccoli. Vitamin C plays a major role in collagen synthesis and wound healing in the body. In its deficiency, epithelial cells in the mucosa cannot be renewed and the strength and durability of the mucosa are lost. When we cannot take this vitamin; Collagen synthesis cannot occur, wound healing is delayed, bone development stops. Vital events such as the production of various hormones, protein and cholesterol metabolism, and iron absorption are always maintained with the presence of Vitamin C. Studies show that having high levels of Vitamin C in the body makes it easier for us to fight microbes and regulates our immune system. Remember; Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and one of our most important shields in fighting microbes such as viruses and bacteria.
ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS AGAINST VIRUSES: ZINC
Zinc is an essential trace element essential for immune function, growth and development. Studies have shown that those who receive zinc supplements strengthen their defense against viruses, increase the immune system response and prevent the reproduction of viruses. Causes such as irregular diet, aging, and alcohol consumption cause zinc deficiency. After viruses enter our body, they attach to the surfaces of our cells, and after they achieve this attachment, they begin to use our cell’s DNA in order to enter our cells and reproduce themselves. In this process, various enzymes (such as viral proteases, polymerases) must be activated, otherwise viruses cannot reproduce. Here, zinc prevents the virus from attaching to the cell and prevents the activation of enzymes necessary for the virus to reproduce even if the virus enters the cell, thus preventing the disease-causing effects of viruses, that is, it shows antiviral properties. In studies conducted, the protective and antiviral effect of zinc has been shown in defense against common viral infections such as coronavirus, influenza, hepatitis C virus, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). One of our most powerful weapons against viruses is zinc. Our daily zinc requirement is 8-11 mg in adults. Do not neglect to take your daily zinc supplements.