Best 8 Vitamins for Colds
Written by Dr. Sean Medlin and Dr. Krystal Czegus / Updated on September 27, 2017 / 0 comments
“Welcome back team!! This months theme is Education not Medication and the team at Clear Connections is covering the best 8 Vitamins for boosting your nervous system! Our mission is for Grand Rapids to be the most naturally minded healthy families in Michigan!!
Zinc is nutritionally essential for immune function. Zinc lozenges and powder are available for use during a cold or the flu that can shorten the length of your cold if you have a slight deficiency. Your body uses these micronutrients in a balanced state. Too much zinc interferes with copper bioavailability and too much iron can reduce your absorption of zinc. Foods rich in zinc include lobster, oysters, beef, crab, pork, cashews, chickpeas, chicken, and Swiss cheese.
2. Vitamin C
There is evidence that this water-soluble vitamin will shorten the life of your cold. People with higher blood levels also have a lower risk of death from all causes.
3. Vitamin D
Research studies have demonstrated that this fat-soluble vitamin is essential to the function of your immune system. Suboptimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, flu and other respiratory infections, so it’s important to make sure your levels are optimized.
The importance of this mineral to your health has previously been underestimated. Researchers have identified a reduction in magnesium levels after strenuous exercise, leading to an increased number of viral infections. Supplementation during a cold will likely not reduce the length of your cold. However, an Epsom salt bath will reduce your muscle aches, aid in the absorption of magnesium from the Epsom salts and just make you feel better.
5. Vitamin E
This fat-soluble vitamin enhanced the T-cell-related immune-mediated response in an elderly population. However, while important for prevention, it is not likely to produce immediate results to shorten the length of your cold.
6. Vitamin B6
This vitamin is essential to produce over 100 enzymes responsible for protein metabolism. Although important to your health, it does not shorten the length of your cold.
7. Vitamin A
This fat-soluble vitamin is important for the differentiation and regulation of almost every cell in your body, including normal immune function. This vitamin is important for the prevention of colds but will not shorten the length of your cold.
This trace element is important in a variety of biological functions. However, while a severe deficiency can lead to significant viral infections it is highly unlikely that supplementation during a cold will reduce the length of your cold.
Integrate these vitamins into your at home natural medcine cabinet and get ready for next week where we uncover the 11 best herbal cold remedies!
Yours in Health,
Teat at CCC”
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