Vitamins to take to boost the Immune System

Author: Michelle Dateling (B.Optom, Dip.Sports Vision; MBA)

There are various immune health vitamins and minerals that are essential for immunocompetence (the ability of the body to produce a normal immune response following exposure to an antigen) particularly Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12, Folate, Iron, Selenium, and Zinc, however there are a few key vitamins and minerals that specifically help contribute to immune system support namely: 

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 

Vitamin B3 may help with the immune system by potentially reducing inflammation and damage to the lungs. It is important to note that a high intake of Vitamin B3 can cause flushing and itching of the skin. 

Vitamin B9 (Folate and Folic Acid) 

Folate deficiency may reduce the capacity of T-Lymphocyte cells to increase rapidly which may affect the immune system negatively when the body is confronted by a pathogen. Folate supplementation will aid in an increase in the amount of white blood cells ready for defense. 

Vitamin B12 

Vitamin B12 aids in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis, fatty acid, and amino acid metabolism. Vitamin B12 is essential in the synthesis of Red Blood Cells which is important for healthy oxygen transport from the lungs to the whole body. 

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 

Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant and contributes to healthy immune system functioning especially during and after intense physical stress. 

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 

Vitamin D3 contributes to normal cell division and healthy immune system functioning by mediating the immune system’s response to infection and enhancing the antimicrobial effects of immune cells needed to fight viruses and bacteria. 

Selenium and Zinc (Minerals) 

Both minerals contribute to the maintenance and healthy functioning of the immune system.  

Selenium plays a role in the functioning of the immune system by aiding in the regulation of oxidative stress and other cellular processes in nearly all tissues and cell types, including those involved in innate and adaptive immune responses. 

Zinc is considered key for optimal functioning of both innate and acquired immunity. Zinc also reduces oxidative stress and aids in the improvement of immunocompetence. 

VIRAVANCE is an immune supplement that contains a unique combination of immune support vitamins and minerals such as with Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Selenium, Zinc, Active Folate, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, and Active Vitamin B12 with added L-Lysine, to assist in general good health. 

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