Boosting your immune system

STORY BY HELIN TURK

Until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, strengthening our immune systems is important. Eating healthy, getting enough nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and a healthy lifestyle may increase the immune defenses against viruses.

“All types of vitamins: vitamin D, C, and other Minerals like Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, and Sodium each of them are essential for boosting the immune system,” said Priyanka Mishra, Research Scientist at the University of Texas via zoom. “Instead of taking the supplements, obtaining these minerals and vitamins from a natural source is more beneficial.” Even though it’s healthier to obtain vitamins and minerals from a natural source, it might be difficult as two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient deficiency.

Why are Selenium and Vitamin D significant for the immune system? Selenium is a crucial nutrient for the immune system: it’s an antioxidant that improves the body’s defenses against bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Specifically, it may protect against certain strains of a flu virus. It is easy to obtain from foods, and the richest source of it is Brazil nuts.

Vitamin D is one of the essential nutrients for supporting the immune system. As many studies show, it helps to reduce the risk of colds and flu. Unfortunately, the percentage of people with a deficiency rate is very high; Therefore, daily supplementation provides the best protection.

It’s beneficial to protect your health and immunity during the pandemic. This doesn’t mean it can prevent COVID-19. However, having a healthy lifestyle, supporting the immune system with nutrients and supplements can protect you from sickness.

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