Immune System Vitamins – Which are the Best?

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The best vitamins to boost immune system

Have you been paying attention to the news coming from medical science recently? If so, you’ve probably realised that COVID-19 attacks those with weaker immune system. Those who are most at risk are immunocompromised. The immune system is an essential bodily system that needs to be nurtured and supported, regardless of your age. The immune system is the body’s  defense mechanism against foreign organisms such as viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

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Looking after your health on a daily basis is the long-term foundation for peak immunity. A good diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables, proper hydration and sufficient sleep are all key. But these days call for more urgent action. So, what are some of the best ways to keep ourselves safe?

We’ve all heard the advice from the scientists. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face and keep your distance from others. Whilst this is sound advice, there are other important things we could be doing. So if you’re looking for some alternate ways to build your immunity, vitamins are probably the fastest and best ways to give your immune system the boost it needs. Below we have provided an A-to-Z of the best vitamins that have been proven to enhance your immune system.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is integral to the development of the immune system, as well as boosting it. Vitamin A  has beneficial effects on the gut mucosal immune system particularly. It also regulates cellular immune responses. This vitamin also has an antioxidant effect to help strengthen the immune system. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so care must be taken not to take over the recommended dose. A precursor of vitamin A can be found in orange colored vegetables, such as carrots. This source is known as ‘carotene’, and is converted to vitamin A in the body.

Vitamin B

While the whole range of B vitamins are beneficial, Vitamin B6 is vital to your immune system as it produces antibodies to help fight viruses and infections. Vitamin B6 can also support brain health by improving cognitive function. It also has a direct influence on the central nervous system. Food sources include poultry, eggs whole-grains and fish. So feel free to treat yourself to that salmon tonight. It’s packed with this vitamin! Continue reading “Immune System Vitamins – Which are the Best?”