Essential Vitamins and Minerals for A Strong Immune System

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Essential Vitamins and Minerals for A Strong Immune System

It is important to learn about the essential vitamins and minerals that you need for a stronger immune system to help prevent the spread of diseases


Recent developments on the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 has led to more discussions on the importance of staying hygienic and healthy. A balanced diet of whole grains, lean meat, and vegetables are usually enough to keep your family healthy, but are you getting enough nutrients from your menu? Although there are a number of over-the-counter supplements and multivitamins available at your local pharmacy, it is important that you know which ones are essential in boosting your immunity against illnesses.

 

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A or beta-carotene promotes good eyesight and supports heart, lung, and kidney functions. This fat-soluble vitamin can be found in many ingredients like carrots, squash, dairy products, and salmon. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Vitamin A-deficiency is a known risk factor for severe measles and blindness in children. Most supplements like multivitamins contain adequate amounts of vitamin A to fulfill your daily dietary needs.

 

  • Vitamin C

This antioxidant also known as ascorbic acid helps protect you from the damaging effects of environmental factors such as pollution and smoke to your overall health. Studies show that those with adequate amounts of vitamin C in their diets suffer from milder symptoms of the cold. Vitamin C intake heavily relies on a proper diet and supplementation, since it cannot be naturally-produced by your body. Incorporate healthy ingredients like broccoli, citrus fruits, papaya, darky leafy vegetables, and red/green pepper to your diet to add that needed boost to your immune system.

 

  • Vitamin D

Did you know that 3 out of 5 of Filipinos are vitamin D-deficient? Vitamin D, known as cholecalciferol, supports immune function and is an essential component in calcium absorption that helps maintain strong bones and teeth. This important vitamin can be naturally derived from adequate sun exposure and certain food like fatty fish, cheese, and egg.

 

  • Zinc

This useful nutrient that helps you fight bacteria and viruses. It’s also an important ingredient in generating protein, DNA production, and wound recovery. Zinc-deficiency can lead to stunted growth in children, slow wound healing, hair loss, and even impotence in men. Good news is, zinc can be found in common household ingredients like red meat, fortified cereals, whole grains, and dairy.

 

You can boost your immunity by ensuring you eat a proper diet with foods rich in these essential vitamins and minerals, and supplementing your diet with regular intake of over-the-counter multivitamins and supplements as required. Another known and scientifically-proven way to avoid getting sick is to vaccinate your family against known illnesses like flu, measles, etc. A single shot can prevent the spread of these diseases, and save you thousands in hospital bills.

 

Even without viral outbreaks, preventive measures like boosting your immunity can go a long way to protect you and other people around you. Take charge of your health so you too, can contribute to limiting the spread of diseases in your community. 

 

General disclaimer

Always buy your medicine from your trusted drugstores and retailers. Keep in mind that your doctor will always be in the best position to give the appropriate medical advice. For suspected undesirable drug reaction, seek medical attention immediately and report to the FDA at www.fda.gov.ph and UNILAB, Inc. at UNILAB-1 or productsafety@unilab.com.ph.

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