Vitamins to strengthen your defenses

How to boost your immune system with vitamins


Vitamins to strengthen your defenses

Vitamin supplements can be taken into account to reinforce our defenses. We have to consider those vitamins with antioxidant properties because they will be able to neutralize the negative effects of free radicals on immune system cells.

Among the main vitamins, we can consider the following: (See the complete study of each vitamin for possible toxicity or contraindication)

Vitamin C for the immune system

Squeezing lemon Squeezing lemon to add to food or drinks increases vitamin C intake

Poor dietary intake of vitamin C may be responsible for the occurrence of many diseases. Its deficiency can manifest itself in a state of body weakness or other particular symptoms such as bruising, wound healing difficulty or other body abnormalities.

Usual infections take place in people who present deficiencies on this vitamin.

Apart from plant foods, we can obtain vitamin C from vitamin C supplements. As a complement, this vitamin is mainly taken in the form of tablets, capsules, mixed with honey, wafers, etc.

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Vitamin B for the immune system

Garlic is rich in vitamin B6 or pyridoxine ( Foods rich in pyridoxine)

Among the group of vitamin B, pyridoxine, folic acid and cobalamin are specially recommended.

Pyridoxine is necessary for the health of the immune system. Strict vegetarians, smokers or people who drink a lot of alcohol can have some pyridoxine deficiencies.

Some medications to treat asthma, tuberculosis, arthritis and high blood pressure may interfere with the absorption of this vitamin (If you take any medication against any of these conditions, you should consult with your doctor)

Folic acid is essential for the proper functioning of our body. At the cellular level its importance lies in its role in the synthesis of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid or element of the cell that contains and transmits genetic characteristics) and RNA (needed for the formation of proteins and other cellular processes). Thus, for cells to properly duplicate need the presence of this vitamin.

In addition to preventing anemia, cobalamin is also important for other parts of the body. Without it the brain, nervous system, heart, or our defenses do not work properly.

Vitamin A for the immune system

Vitamin A plays an important part in many body functions. It is mainly necessary for body tissue repair, to maintain the skin and mucous membranes in good health and to build and take care of bones, hair, nails and teeth. Our eyes need it for a correct vision. Vitamin A enhances immune system, preventing many microbial diseases.

It usually is taken as carotenoids. There is also vitamin A as cod liver oil or combinations of vitamin A and carotenoids. It can be taken in capsules, tablets or liquid.

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Vitamin E for the immune system

Vitamin E is another very powerful antioxidant. It helps to eliminate free radicals generated by the body itself, as well as those coming from outside, such as smoke, emissions, emissions of pollutants, etc.

Vitamin E appears to be one of the best antidotes to stay young for longer. It is interesting to take vitamin supplements from the age of 60 to prevent degenerative diseases and stay strong for longer. Among these, we mention not only cancer, but a number of other diseases such as those affecting the joints (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.).

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

9 January, 2021

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