While the warmer months promote the proliferation of bugs (insects), the colder months can encourage the spread of other kinds of bugs (colds/flus/viruses).
Though there’s no surefire way to avoid getting sick, enhancing your immune system is a smart place to start. Vitamins, essential minerals, and other nutrients are needed by the immune system to help protect your body from billions of potentially harmful bacteria, viruses, and other germs.
Some home remedies that support healthy immunity include such staples as garlic, ginger, and echinacea. But these aren’t essential for the immune system to work. Recent research has underscored the potential synergistic effects of essential nutrients – such as vitamin C, vitamin D3, and zinc – in supporting the immune system.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of this potent vitamin/mineral trio.
Vitamin C and Immunity
Much of our immune system consists of mobile single cells that circulate with the blood or patrol our tissues looking for hostile invaders. They need high levels of vitamin C to power their movements. Without sufficient C, they’re unable to do their job.
Vitamin D receptors are found all over the body, including the immune cells. Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency contributes to the seasonal nature of cold and flu outbreaks – less sunlight means less vitamin D production in the skin, which is linked to lower immunity and the possibility of more illness.
Exciting new research suggests vitamin D3 may help safeguard against difficulties with upper respiratory function. Currently there at least 35 randomized controlled clinical trials underway on vitamin D for its respiratory and immune benefits.
Poor zinc status can cause immune problems in adults, particularly in the elderly, which often can be fixed by zinc supplementation. Older persons with digestive problems that impair their dietary nutrient absorption may avoid zinc deficiency by taking supplemental zinc.
These supplements support each other’s actions to offer maximum immune protection, so add them to your health regimen today!