Vitamins for Immune Support
Recommended by Coldwater Chiropractic and Wellness Center
COVID-19 has become widespread across the nation and has many in fear of becoming ill with the respiratory virus. No one can eliminate the risk of getting Coronavirus, however we can be as healthy as possible and strengthen the immune system by using essential oils, vitamins, and natural supplements. The following products can help act as a preventative for the virus and other common colds that come and go throughout the year.
Your body doesn’t produce or store Vitamin C, which is essential for your immune system to function. A lack of this vitamin can increase the risk of getting sick. Vitamin C also contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, Vitamin C supports epithelial barrier function against pathogens and promotes the oxidant scavenging activity of the skin, thereby potentially protecting against environmental oxidative stress.
B vitamins, Particularly B6, supports biochemical reactions, helping your immune system function properly and at its fullest potential. The body needs Vitamin B6 for more than a hundred enzyme reactions involved in the metabolism. It plays a big role in protein metabolism and is involved in multiple roles related to immune function.
This Antioxidant fights infection, cells use it to interact with each other and carry out important functions. A deficiency in this vitamin can cause an increase in the hosts susceptibility to infectious diseases such as respiratory infections.
Coronavirus, also known as HCoV-NL63, causes respiratory tract illness. The symptoms of this include the following: A runny nose, cough, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia.
Elderberry has an antiviral/ antioxidant effect that has been proven to reduce and inhibit the replication of HCoVs as well as symptoms of bronchitis by blocking the key viral proteins responsible for the viral attachment and entry into the host cells. You can find many forms of Elderberry at Coldwater Alternative Medicine in Coldwater MI.
Zinc is a micronutrient involved in maintaining the good integrity of many body homeostatic mechanisms, including immune efficiency. Zinc Supports the body’s natural resistance and is involved in most metabolic process in the body. Supplementation is important especially in the elderly community who may not be getting it from natural sources.
Vitamin D helps to maintain strong bones, and helps your muscles move properly by helping your body absorb calcium. According to PubMed, “In vivo data from animals and from human vitamin D supplementation studies, we have seen the beneficial effects of vitamin D on immune function, especially in the context of autoimmunity.”
Probiotics support gut health which increase our immune function, digestive health leads to body defense when harmful microbe’s area consumed. It’s never too early to start a probiotic and research shows they have a greater effect when started earlier in life. We recommend the Orthomolecular brand, which you can always find stocked in our office for a great price.
All information in this article was found at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25594887 and provided by our chiropractors at Coldwater Chiropractic and Wellness Center.