Vitamins and Immune Support
The year 2020 presented us with one of the largest public health crises in recent history. The onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) took many unsuspecting lives on a global scale. With the current pandemic; it’s no surprise that people are more concerned than they’ve ever been with their personal hygiene and protection from immune system threats.
Another valuable habit to consider would be the addition of vitamins and supplements into your daily routine. Vitamins are found in nature throughout the different foods that we eat. Some are more abundant than others making vitamin deficiencies fairly common with the modern diets that many of us follow. Below are just a few examples of vitamins responsible for overall health as well as supporting a healthy immune system. Combining good hygiene with protective wear and dietary vitamins could give your body the advantage it needs to keep you healthy in the unfortunate event that you find yourself struggling with seasonal sickness. Of course, it’s always recommended that you talk with your healthcare provider when you’re thinking about adding dietary supplements to your daily regimen.
Vitamins that are the best to use for immune support include Vitamins B, C, D, and Minerals such as Zinc as Magnesium.
o Vitamin B Complex is one product that contains the list of B vitamins described below. They can be taken in this combined form or individually based on a person’s dietary needs and sensitivities.
o (B1) thiamin is critical for the growth, development, and function of cells in the body. Needed for the health of the brain, muscles, and nervous system.
o (B2) riboflavin keeps the eyes, nervous system, and skin healthy. Helps convert food into energy. Needed for red blood cell production and growth
o (B3) niacin aids in the conversion of food into energy, Helps with the function of the digestive and nervous systems and skin. Needed for the production of hormones, such as sex and stress hormones.
o (B5) pantothenic acid breaks down fats and carbohydrates for energy. Helps the body use other vitamins, such as riboflavin. Plays a role in the production of sex and stress hormones in the adrenal glands and neurotransmitters. Vitamin B5 is needed for the production of red blood cells and cholesterol.
o (B6) pyridoxine is involved in immune function and brain development and function. Required for more than 100 enzyme reactions in the body. It aids in the formation of hemoglobin (a substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen through the blood) and neurotransmitters and hormones that influence mood and regulate the body's clock
o (B7) biotin helps the body convert the fats, carbohydrates, and proteins in the food that you eat into energy. Promotes growth and bone and hair health.
o (B9) folate or 'folic acid' helps your body make red blood cells. Needed to help cells make and maintain DNA.
o (B12) cyanocobalamin helps keep the nervous system and red blood cells healthy. Important for protein metabolism. Required for the formation of red blood cells and DNA.
o Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. Though it may not be the cure for the common cold, the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. The tolerable upper intake level (or the maximum amount you can take in a day that likely won’t cause harm) is 2000 mg a day for adults.
o Vitamin D is necessary for the proper functioning of your immune system — which is your body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. This vitamin plays a critical role in promoting immune response. It has both anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties and is crucial for the activation of immune system defenses (2Trusted Source). Vitamin D is known to enhance the function of immune cells, including T cells and macrophages, that protect your body against pathogens (3Trusted Source). In fact, the vitamin is so important for immune function that low levels of vitamin D have been associated with increased susceptibility to infection, disease, and immune-related disorders.
o Magnesium keeps the immune system strong, helps strengthen muscles and bones, and supports many body functions from cardiac functions to brain functions.
o Zinc is essential for DNA production of cells like immune cells. Growth or function of different types of immune cells can be impaired by zinc deficiency.