Our immune system is a complex collection of processes that work collectively to defend our body against invading pathogens. The key to preventing illness and infections is by making healthy choices that strengthen immunity. Along with a healthy lifestyle certain vitamins, minerals and herbs complement the daily life choices.
Let us explore some of the vitamins that are known for their immunity boosting potential:
1. Vitamin C
This is one of the most important vitamins that our body requires, and yet, it cannot produce it. Being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C strengthens the body’s natural defences and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. This vitamin is also known for improving the absorption of iron that is poorly absorbed in the body, thereby reducing the risk of iron deficiency.
Foods that are rich in vitamin C:
Broccoli, lemons, papaya, oranges, potatoes Brussels sprouts and more.
2. Vitamin D
As we are aware that the virus has been affecting the lungs and thereby the respiratory system of a person, protecting ourselves from respiratory infections is the need of the hour. Vitamin D not only enhances the respiratory system but increases physical strength, and also helps with depression management. So basically, vitamin D gives you the best of both worlds by enhancing your physical as well as mental health.
Foods that are rich in vitamin D:
Egg yolks, mushrooms, and fortified foods like cow’s milk, soy milk, orange juice, cereals, oatmeal and more
3. Vitamin E
Being an antioxidant, vitamin E may help protect your cells from damage, and thereby prevent radical injury to body cells. Free radicals can cause damage to varied parts of the cells like proteins, DNA, and cell membrane. It is one of those vitamins that is usually present in many foods that we consume on a daily basis, and hence, it is well consumed by us. It is fat soluble, which means that our body stores and uses it as and when required.
Foods that are rich in vitamin E:
Almonds, sunflower oil, Pine nuts, peanuts, avocado, mango, kiwi, pistachios, cashew nuts and more.
4. Vitamin B6
Significant to protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism, vitamin B6 is also known for the creation of red blood cells. Our body is incapable of producing it, and hence it is necessary to obtain it from foods. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, fight off infections and protect the body against any further illness or diseases.
Foods that are rich in vitamin B6:
Milk, eggs, carrots, spinach, green peas, banana, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, avocado and more
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