With the cold season soon approaching us, you may be thinking about what vitamins you should be taking to help your body ward off those nasty seasonal illnesses. There’s a lot of confusion about what vitamin does what and where you can receive it. If you want to maintain your health this year and beat the flu and cold, then you may want to focus on taking some of these vitamins.
1. Vitamin A
This vitamin plays a heavy role in the immune function as well as your vision, reproduction, and cell communication. Considering that when your body is sick, there are cells designed to fight that sickness, if your body lacks enough vitamin A, those cells that need to be called into the fight may have delayed response time. This delayed response allows for the illness to infect and spread further. So, a healthy dose of vitamin A can keep your cells healthy and alert. You can receive vitamin A from carrots, apricots, and cantaloupe.
2. Vitamin B12
If you ever feel groggy or tired, regardless of how much sleep you receive, you may have a B12 deficiency. This crucial vitamin plays a role in keeping your nerves and blood cells healthy. It also helps DNA synthesis, so more cells can be made. To prevent a certain form of anemia from occurring, you should also take vitamin B12. Similar to vitamin A, when you’re sick, your cells are called out to fight against the infection. B12 can help your body boost the initiation of those cells to be made. Without it, not enough cells might be made in time to combat the illness. You can receive B12 from shellfish, eggs, and milk.
3. Vitamin C
You’ve likely heard how important vitamin C is to take. It’s a powerful antioxidant that prevents damage from roaming free radicals that can enter your body either through your food or through things like cigarette smoke. It also helps to boost the immune system and fight disease. You can receive vitamin C from citrus fruits, strawberries, and Brussel sprouts.
4. Vitamin D
One of the best vitamins you can take to fight off disease is vitamin D. It not only helps to build strong bones and keep them from becoming brittle, but it also has a role in carrying messages via the nerves. Muscles also require vitamin D in order to move. You can receive vitamin D from fatty fish like salmon, fortified milk, and dairy products. So, if you start feeling a cough or other flu-like symptoms are emerging, pack yourself full of this vitamin and others to keep your body running healthy and efficiently.