Do supplements really help boost the immune system? It depends what you read. Many mainstream publications hint that some of them may help, while also downplaying the notion that it’s a “cure all”.
That sounds reasonable. It’s not so simple as taking a pill or supplement to boost your immune system, and then expecting to be protected. There’s more to it than that…
With that said, it is my opinion that some of these supplements may help to an extent. Researching some of these has uncovered many real-world examples of apparent success. However I do feel that it’s just part of the story.
I’ll get to supplements in a minute. But first, and likely most important, are factors involving one’s lifestyle. Here’s what I mean…
Healthy ways to strengthen your immune system
Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:~ health.harvard.edu
Eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables.
Maintain a healthy weight.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get adequate sleep.
Try to minimize stress.
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently.
All that is boring, right? Why can’t we have a pill or supplement to fix this?? (sarcasm)
Aging Immune System
Here’s another thing — Immune system and age. As we age, our immune response capability is lessened.
“While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are more likely to contract infectious diseases and, even more importantly, more likely to die from them.”
Well that’s just great. Sucks getting older. But that’s all the more reason to pay attention to one’s lifestyle. AND to consider the potential benefits of supplements:
Best Supplements To Boost Immune System During Cold & Flu Season
By the way, the reason I’m writing this today is due to the present current-event of nCoV coronavirus. This may or may not go global pandemic. However whatever we can add to our arsenal for potential protection is a good thing…
Disclaimer: This (or any comments below) is not medical advice. Do your due-diligence regarding research.
This one keeps popping up as seemingly a best immune system booster during flu season. I know that many regulars here on the blog believe this to be true as well.
From ClevelandClinic.org, “One proprietary formulation of elderberry extract sold under the name Sambucol® has shown an ability to fight flu symptoms in a few small studies,”
“So for most people, it likely wouldn’t hurt to include elderberry as part of a healthy diet as flu season approaches, along with foods high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E, to support the immune system.”
Well that sounds promising… So of course I looked it up on amzn:
Vitamin Supplements During Flu Season
Here are a few more immune system boosters to consider:
I’ve read many supporting statements and reports that supplementing with Vitamin D3 when you’ve got low levels can reduce risk of infection, and reduce inflammation in your lungs. And guess what? A huge percentage of our US population is Vitamin D deficient.
Related article: Winter Blues | Low Vitamin D
The benefits of vitamin C are well established. Eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C is the best way (list of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C). A supplement is your next best thing.
From Mercola, “Many are deficient in zinc due to mineral-depleted soils, drug effects, plant-based diets, and other diets high in grain…”
“A zinc supplement is a simple, inexpensive way to augment your dietary intake of this important mineral, but make sure you choose a chelated form to ensure absorbability.”
I just wanted to point out a highly rated book, recommended by several of our MSB readers.
Lets hear from you. What’s your opinion and/or recommendations for supplements that boost immune system?
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