With cold and flu season in full swing many of us are looking for ways to avoid getting sick. Everyone seems to have his or her own personal tricks and secrets to staying healthy at this time of year. Today I’d like to share with you some of the best sickness fighting vitamins in the hopes of giving you a few more tricks to keep up your sleeve to help you fight off whatever sickness may come your way.
I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m sure there’s got to be a spike in the sales of vitamin C supplements as soon as the temperatures start to drop. This is because vitamin C is one of the most popular and well-known vitamins for helping your body to fight off colds. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, vitamin C “helps the immune system work properly to protect the body from disease.” Because vitamin C is water-soluble, it’s important to make sure you’re getting this important vitamin on a regular basis, since you’re body can’t store it.
Another important vitamin in the battle against the cold and flu is vitamin E. This fat-soluble vitamin is also a well-known antioxidant, which means it’s incredibly helpful in protecting your body’s cells from the damaging affects of free radicals. Like most other antioxidants, vitamin E is also extremely helpful to your body’s immune system. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that supplementation with Tocotrienols (a form of vitamin E) enhanced immune function in the test subjects.
Vitamin D is probably best known for its affect on bone health and calcium absorption, but did you also know it’s important to your immune system as well? A randomized study done in 2010 found that a “therapeutic dose of vitamin D” lead to a “a statistically significant (42%) decrease in the incidence of influenza infection.” There have been ongoing connections made between low levels of vitamin D and various autoimmune diseases. According to an investigation into vitamin D and the immune system, published on NCBI website, “deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.”
These are just a few of the best sickness fighting vitamins. While it’s possible to get each of these vitamins through your diet it is also possible to find them in supplement form. Sometimes our diet alone isn’t enough to properly arm our immune systems to protect us when germs, viruses and bacteria enter our body. Make sure you’re doing all you can this cold and flu season to protect yourself and your family against the miserable experience of getting sick.