Nutrients that Support the Immune System

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I am sure that many are aware that Vitamin C and Vitamin D are supportive to the immune system. What many people do not know is that an immune suppression is often associated with nutrient deficiencies. A healthy diet consisting of rich vitamins and minerals and a healthy macronutrient breakdown is of utmost importance for maintenance of the immune system. It is not a matter of simply supplementing the system, but it is a matter of maintaining a healthy immune system baseline to begin with. Find below a list of some of the nutrients that are vital for the proper functioning of the immune system:

  1. Vitamin B6: A deficiency in Vitamin B6 may depress antibodies and cell immunity.
  2. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, improves the integrity of the mucous membranes, improves function of the immune system, and increases thymic hormone secretion (from the thymus gland, which produces T-cells)
  3. Vitamin A: Vitamin A is anti-viral, enhances white blood cells (WBC) activity, and also improves antibody response. Vitamin A is also crucial for maintenance of the mucosa (think: the lining of the respiratory passages)
  4. Vitamin E: improves cell immunity and antibody immunity
  5. Zinc: Zinc inhibits viruses, it is required for proper function of WBC, protects the body against oxidation, and it is a necessary nutrient for proper function of the thymus gland
  6. Selenium: stimulates the function of the thymus gland, increases WBC proliferation, and it is an antioxidant

These are some of the nutrients that are essential in the body for the proper maintenance and operation of the immune system. I must emphasize that the quality of a supplement is incredibly important and must also be considered when carefully planning a treatment plan. In addition, some nutrients in excess may be toxic or problematic or may interfere with existent medications so please consult your naturopathic physician before adding a supplement

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