Boost Your Immune System With These Vitamins

If you’re not getting enough nutrients from your food, you’ll be more susceptible to getting a cold or flu.

Here are 5 great vitamins that will help boost your immune system and keep you going.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps the mucus layer lining your respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. By strengthening it, infections are less able to penetrate both systems.

Get your Vitamin A from: sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, lettuce, carrots, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish and liver. If you’re eating liver, opt for organic.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C assists in the production of neutrophils, antibodies and cells that fight off viruses and bad bacteria.

Get your Vitamin C from: citrus fruit, tomatoes, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, berries, papayas and, believe it or not, peas!

Vitamin D

If you’re low on Vitamin D, you’re more susceptible to getting a virus. While scientists aren’t sure why, don’t risk it and up your intake.

Get your Vitamin D from: salmon, tuna, mackerel, fish liver oils, cheese and eggs.  You can also get your Vitamin D from enriched milk. However, the best source is the sun.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E has antioxidants that can protect immune system cells from oxidative damage.

Get your Vitamin E from: nuts, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil and wheat germ.

Zinc and Selenium

Zinc and selenium help T cells, a type of  white blood cell.

Get your zinc and selenium from: oysters, beef, yogurt and brazil nuts.

 

 

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