Do Multivitamins Boost Immune System Support?
Multivitamins can boost immune system support when taken regularly, but, before you decide which kind is right for you, it’s important to review the label on the back of the multivitamin to determine the daily percentage of various vitamins.
You will also need to determine the percentage of vitamins and minerals you are getting through the foods you eat—so you know what you’re getting enough of and where you could use a boost. Most of us don’t know this information off the top of our heads, but luckily there are plenty of online resources that provide a breakdown of what vitamins and minerals are in various foods and serving sizes.
Which Vitamins Boost Immunity?
There are several different vitamins, minerals, and herbs found in multivitamins for immune health. Some of the more common ones include:
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is considered an antioxidant. Antioxidants help fight off infections, reduce the risk of getting infections, and strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C does these things, as well as protecting the body from free radicals by helping boost white blood cell production.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body when we spend time outside in the sunlight. It helps improve immune response as well as promotes bone health. Vitamin D has also been shown to be involved in helping sugar and weight control.
- Vitamin E: Another antioxidant, vitamin E boosts immunity. Most of us get plenty through the foods we eat like leafy green veggies, nuts, fruit juices, cereals, and so on.
- Zinc: This mineral helps boost the immune system and aids in digestion. If you eat poultry, baked beans, lean red meats, or nuts you get zinc naturally.
- Echinacea: This herb is typically used as a prophylaxis to reduce the risks of getting ill. It can be brewed into a tea or taken as a supplement.
- Astragalus: Astragalus is normally taken as a preventative to boost your immune response to reduce the risks of getting sick. It can also be used while you are sick to speed recovery and restore balance to the immune system.
- Elderberry: This herb has natural anti-viral properties to reduce the risks of getting sinus infections, the cold, and the flu.
- Garlic: Garlic is another antioxidant the body needs to help boost immune response. Garlic also promotes healthy gut function and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Is Vitamin C a Good Immune-Boosting Vitamin?
Vitamin C provides immune system support when taken daily. It is important to remember that the body does not naturally produce vitamin C—the only way we get it is through the foods we eat and multivitamins we take, so, if you want to maintain a strong and healthy immune system, take your vitamin C. More recent studies have shown that taking more than 1000mg of Vitamin C daily may increase the chance of developing kidney stones. Another potential side effect of Vitamin C is reflux or indigestion so be on the lookout for these potential side effects. It is generally recommended that people take between 500mg and 1000mg of Vitamin C daily.
How Can I Strengthen My Immune System Against Viruses?
Besides ensuring you are getting the right amount of good immune-boosting vitamins, minerals, and herbs, you will want to:
- Get plenty of restful sleep each night—between seven and eight hours.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes three or more times a week.
- Eat a well-balanced diet with the right mix of lean meats, poultry, fish, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Take Cold-Fix daily as a prophylaxis, which may help reduce the risks of getting the cold and flu.
Does Taking Multivitamins for Immune Health Help Prevent COVID-19?
Taking multivitamins for immune health will not prevent COVID-19. As of July 2020, the only way to reduce the risks of getting COVID-19, besides ensuring you have a strong immune system, is to self-isolate, practice proper social distancing, wash hands frequently, wear a face mask when one needs to leave home, and limit trips outside the home.
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