10 Vitamins & Minerals You Need for a Healthy Immune System by DR EHRET
Written by Dr. Ehret
Written by Dr. Ehret
Who doesn’t want a healthy immune system? (No one?) But did you know the role your diet lifestyle plays in keeping it in top shape to protect you from toxins and infections?
The problem is too many of us don’t eat enough of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to eat in order to keep ourselves healthy all year-round. Healthy foods provide many substances such as: vitamins and minerals to keep us strong and healthy. You can’t just eat an orange or grapefruit or pop a vitamin pill and expect one quick burst of vitamin C to prevent a cold and to boost your immune system.
“A truly healthy immune system depends on a balanced healthy diet over time with a combination of great supplements,” says registered dietitian Ninnie Johnson. “It’s like training for a battle and preparing your body ahead of time, so it can throw a good punch when attacked by viruses, bacteria and toxins. Other lifestyle practices such as regular exercise and good sleep will better prepare you for the battle as well.”
With some exceptions, it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals from your food and great supplements such VITA Immunity Booster by DR EHRET. DR EHRET shares some tips for some of the top vitamins and minerals your immune system needs to perform:
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C may help prevent infections or shorten their stay.
2. Vitamin E
Like vitamin C, vitamin E can be a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection. This important vitamin — part of nearly 200 biochemical reactions in your body — is critical in how your immune system functions.
3. Vitamin B6
This group of vitamins is important for proper cell function. They help with metabolism, creating blood cells, and keeping cells healthy.
4. Vitamin D
Known as the sunshine vitamin, it’s one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system.
5. Folate/folic acid
Folate is the natural form and folic acid is the synthetic form, often added to foods because of its health benefits. To get more folate, add more beans and lentils to your plate on a regular basis, as well as leafy green vegetables. Avocado is another tasty source.
6. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.
Selenium seems to have a powerful effect on the immune system being important for preventing infections. Animal foods are the best sources, with the exception of Brazil nuts, that offer a whopping greater than 100% daily value in one nut.
Zinc is needed for the production of new immune system cells. It’s found primarily in animal foods but can be also found in some vegetarian food like.
9. Vitamin K
Vitamin K is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. It’s important for blood clotting and healthy bones and also has other functions in the body.
The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many important functions. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and hardness.
The body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. In addition, calcium is used to help blood vessels move blood throughout the body and to help release hormones and enzymes that affect almost every function in the human body.