A healthy and strong immune system is vital in preventing infection and disease. A healthy lifestyle that includes eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep is the most important factor in strengthening your immunity.
In addition, research shows that certain supplements can help boost your immune system.
Vitamin C. It promotes the production of infection-fighting white blood cells, enhances their function, and protects them against damage. Studies show that taking a vitamin C supplement reduces the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold.
Virgin Coconut Oil. Studies suggest that virgin coconut oil (VCO) helps boost immunity and has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Experiments conducted by Filipino scientists show that VCO may help prevent or reduce the severity of COVID-19.
Acai Berry. It is rich in antioxidants, including anthocyanins, that strengthen the immune system and protect against cancer.
Beta Glucan. Studies suggest that beta glucan helps boost the immune system, particularly in fighting cancer and bacterial infection.
Consult your doctor for more information on strengthening your immune system and whether supplementation is right for you.
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