One of the best things we can do when we travel or could be potentially vulnerable to viruses is to build the immune system. Mindful interventions and being proactive when there is no harm, is just a win-win. There are so many supplements out there touted to build and support the immune system and many really do, but we narrowed it down to a few that have proven to pack an effective punch. First and foremost is Vitamin C. We are not featuring Vitamin C in this article because there is so much excellent research on its power including its ability to completely halt viruses that we are leaving it for an article on its own. Remember not to over supplement though with Vitamin C as it could potentially be over stimulating to the immune system.
Cod Liver Oil
Is extremely high in Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Vitamin A acts to keep the tissues of the nose and lungs healthy and works with the microbiome to regulate the immune system. Those with low levels of Vitamin D seem to be more susceptible to infections. Newest research has discovered that Vitamins A and D are within every cell in the human body. They are essential for the overall health of the cell and are among the building blocks of the immune system.
Is a virus killer. Monolaurin is one of the anti-viral agents found naturally in breast milk. It is also found in small amounts in butter, heavy cream and coconut oil. Studies conducted by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) found Monolaurin to be able to dissolve the protective coating from various human viruses. It actually disintegrates the lipid envelope of the virus, destroying its main defense. Therefore, the virus was unable to attach to cells and was unable to reproduce.
Is imperative for proper immune function. Zinc supports the thymus gland by assisting the production of T-cells. T-cells are an essential part of our immune system’s arsenal. As we age our thymus gets weaker. Zinc must be taken with Copper. The ideal ratio is 15mg of Zinc to 1mg of Copper. Do not take more than this a day.
Be careful when supplementing for too long. It is best to get your vitamin and minerals from food. Keep supplementation for your protection and defense when needed.