If ever we needed a reminder, COVID-19 has shown us that the best we can do to fight any unexpected health challenge is to keep our immunity strong. Prevention is always better than cure and if any illness strikes us, a stronger body has a high probability to fight it out. The five main nutrients that strengthen our immune system, the white blood cell’s ability to fight the infection are: Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Protein is critical when it comes to fighting viral and bacterial infections. Immune system relies on protein to build and repair body tissue. Lack of protein in the diet may lead to poor immunity.
Vitamin C is important for building and repairing tissues in our body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and take care of free radicals in the body, helping prevent and delay various illnesses.
Vitamin D enhances our immune system and fights against various infections and diseases. It has both anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, hence protects us against pathogens. Lower vitamin D levels increase the risk of respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Vitamin D deficiency can cause lung, viral and bacterial respiratory infections.
Zinc improves our immune response and can prevent inflammation that can cause serious health issues. By keeping the immune system strong, zinc helps heal wounds and also enhances healthy growth.
Omega-3 fatty acids can help in fighting pathogens. It fights infection while mitigating chronic inflammation. Consuming a proper diet and maintaining healthy levels of nutrients make a considerable impact in protecting us against various health challenges.
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