The best vitamins to boost your immune system

Mar 23, 2022
Anti-Aging

Who wouldn't want to have a strong immune system? But did you know that your food plays an integral part in keeping your immune system in peak condition so that it can defend your body against toxins and infections? 

Unfortunately, many of us do not consume enough of the fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, and other foods that we require to maintain a healthy immune system throughout the year. 

Healthy foods contain various nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, which help us stay strong and healthy. However, a single orange or grapefruit, or even a vitamin tablet, will not provide a sufficient amount of vitamin C to avoid a cold or improve your immune system. Instead, a robust immune system is dependent on a well-balanced, nutritious diet consumed over an extended period. 

What are the best vitamins for your immune system?

Consider including some of these vitamins in your regular diet to help keep your body healthy, energetic, and safeguarded from diseases: 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin well-known for its capability to fight against illness and reduce the severity and length of colds. As a potent antioxidant, vitamin C can battle free radicals, which may help prevent the development of some cancers, heart disease, and the effects of ageing. Moreover, vitamin C can also aid in preventing and treating respiratory infections.

So, if you're still in good health, it's not a bad idea to start taking vitamin C right away. Grapefruits, oranges, strawberries, tangerines, kale, bell peppers, spinach, and broccoli are just a few of the vitamin C-rich food options. Because your body cannot make or store vitamin C, it is necessary for optimal health to consume it daily.

Vitamin E

Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E can be a potent antioxidant that aids your body's ability to combat infections. This essential vitamin, which is involved in approximately 200 metabolic events in your body, is necessary for your immune system's proper functioning.

To acquire enough vitamin E, eat high-fat foods such as peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and use oils such as safflower, sunflower, and soybean. 

Vitamin D

Commonly referred to as the "sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is an essential and effective nutrient for strengthening the immune system. The primary role of vitamin D is to assist your body in maintaining proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorous, which you can obtain from exposure to the sunrays and the foods and supplements you eat. 

Vitamin D can help prevent respiratory infections. Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to greatly reduce the likelihood of developing respiratory tract infections. In general, it is preferable to obtain the majority of your vitamins through dietary sources; however, vitamin D may be an exception to this rule. Consult your doctor to determine whether or not you require a supplement.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A can assist the body in the battle against infections, particularly those of the respiratory variety. Because of its involvement in developing and enhancing the immune system, it is referred to as an anti-inflammatory vitamin. Since the body is unable to produce vitamin A on its own, it must be obtained via the foods you consume or through supplementation.

Natural cheeses (not processed cheeses) are high in vitamin A. Other vitamin A-rich foods include carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, milk products like yoghurt, eggs, and fatty fish like salmon, tuna, anchovies, and herring.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is the most important of the eight B vitamins when it comes to boosting your immune system. In addition to keeping the immune system strong, vitamin B6 aids in the formation of white blood cells and T cells (which govern immunological response) and facilitates the circulation of oxygen throughout the body. When vitamin B6 levels are low, the immune system is unable to fight off infections.

Meat and poultry are excellent sources of vitamin B6. Salmon and tuna are other excellent choices. In addition, you may get your protein from a wide variety of plants such as soy, peanuts, leafy greens, chickpeas, and oats.

Choose IV therapy if you can’t get all vitamins 

While our hectic lifestyles make it challenging to consume enough of these essential vitamins, we need to consider the absorption issue. Vitamin-rich food or even supplements must first pass through the digestive system, and this is where some of the nutrients are partially broken down before reaching the organs. 

The body really absorbs only about 20 to 50 percent of the nutrients.  With an IV, on the other hand, the absorption rate of 90 percent to 100 percent is immensely impressive.  When you receive IV therapy, vitamins and antioxidants are delivered directly to your veins, skipping your digestive system and ensuring that you receive the maximum amount of vitamins. Meanwhile, intravenous (IV) therapy naturally detoxifies your body, helping to eradicate damaging free radicals that lead to toxin build-up and reduced immune function. 

Where to get IV Vitamin Therapy in the UK?

A wide range of Intravenous (IV) Therapy treatments are available at the Elixir Clinic, which can help boost and improve your immune system while also addressing any other health objectives or issues you may be experiencing. Our treatments are provided by a medical practitioner following a consultation about your health and are tailored according to your needs and preferences.

Contact us by sending an email to infouae@theelixirclinic.com or visiting any of our clinic locations in the United Kingdom. 

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