There are many supplements that boast favorable effects on the immune system, but which one to choose?
Let’s start by saying that consuming natural foods, rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals is the best way for the immune system to function properly. However, there are moments in life when a good dietary supplement can certainly help to strengthen the immune system.
The most important vitamins for the immune system are:
- vitamin C particularly present in citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, spinach, cabbage.
- vitamin B6 contained in white meats, salmon, tuna, legumes and vegetables.
- vitamin E which is rich in walnuts, almonds, fresh fruit, olive oil and spinach.
- vitamin D, known for its role in fixing calcium in the bones but essential in controlling inflammation and the immune response.
Among the medicinal plants in common use, those that contain a good amount of immunostimulating substances include green tea, echinacea, olive trees, red grapes, strawberries, asparagus, capers, onions and cocoa, rich of substances (bioflavonoids and polysaccharides) with also senolytic and anti-inflammatory action
Among the minerals we remember the importance of zinc, selenium, iron and copper, essential micronutrients for the proper functioning of the immune system.
What is the role of amino acids in this regard?
Nutritional status plays a fundamental role in the development of the immune response. Paying attention to what you eat is of fundamental importance. It will be trivial to say, but it is better to avoid foods that are difficult to digest, alcohol and smoking, while it is advisable to always take fruit and vegetables to promote the health of the intestinal microbiota and strengthen the intestinal barrier in anticipation of the attack of viruses and bacteria.
It is very important to drink at least 2-3 liters of water a day because if we are dehydrated the immune system goes haywire and finally, do not neglect the daily intake of proteins with a high biological value, that is, rich in essential amino acids. If this is not possible, then it is better to integrate at least 10-15g of a good blend of essential amino acids and minerals, such as MYTHOXAN FORTE, into the diet.