The lack of vitamins for immune system along with hereditary factors and / or diseases such as Aids and diabetes, emotional imbalances such as depression and stress, obesity, an unbalanced nutrition etc. can seriously affect your immunity.
Immune system and vitamins walk hand in hand! A good balance of the vitamins for immune system should be obtained from your diet but sometimes, due to our busy life or the bad quality of the fruits and vegetables available (yes, veggies are not always so fresh and rich) you might consider taking a good vitamin complex with minerals.
The vitamins for immune system or the relation between those, could be compared with the relation between raw materials and the manufacturing process in a factory. Among the cells of the immune system, there are the white blood cells, also called leukocytes, which have the responsibility to fight disease-causing agents, capturing the microorganisms foreign to the body. They also produce antibodies against diseases. However, some factors may decrease the amount of these cells in blood, lowering our defenses.
When there is a change in the immune system and the cells are unable to respond to the foreign agents, (virus, bacteria, or fungus) it is not removed from the body, causing the disease.
To begin with, in terms of what we can do in terms of immune system and vitamins... it is valid to opt for a good vitamin complex with minerals. According to several studies in orthomolecular medicine, vitamins are essential to ensure good immunity.
Vitamins A and D have received particular attention in recent years as these vitamins have been shown to have an unexpected and crucial effect on the immune response
Vitamin A, for example, strengthens the immune response, especially in the case of viruses. Whereas vitamin C works well as a blood cells stimulator white (leukocytes). Vitamin E increases immunity primarily in the elderly, while the B complex increases the amount and activity of antibodies. I added I little summary down bellow!
In addition to the vitamins, doctors and nutritionists give some tips on foods that strengthen our defenses. ‘Fruits and vegetables must be present in all meals, because they strengthen the immune system. It is also very important, the intake of grains and proteins of high biological value as soy cheese (tofu), fish and chicken.
Sugar should not be abused, while bread, pasta and white rice should be replaced by their ‘whole’ versions. ‘The immune system reduces activity on 5:0 until after the intake of sugar and sweets.
To move forward and to wrap up the immune system and vitamins relation, check what i found in this summary:
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Vitamin A - this vitamin presents a very important role in maintaining the integrity of the mucous membranes. Therefore, their disability in our organism causes a reduction in the number of circulating T lymphocytes, increasing the likelihood of bacterial, viral or parasitic infections. Foods considered rich in vitamin are: carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, liver, dried apricot, melon, and broccoli.
Vitamin C -stimulates antioxidant resistance to infections through the immune activity of leukocytes. It increases the production of Defense cells, which have direct effect on bacteria and viruses, increasing the resistance to infections. Acerola cherries, citrus fruit (lemon, Orange, lime), kiwi, cashews and tomatoes are excellent sources. Strawberries, cabbage and green pepper are good sources. But don't forget: vitamin C is easily destroyed by heat and light. An orange juice with acerolas, for example, should be consumed immediately after preparation so that there is no great loss of vitamin C.
Vitamin E - This vitamin has the ability to interact with vitamins A and C and the mineral selenium, acting as an antioxidant. Its primary function is to protect the cell membranes against toxic substances, radiation and the fearful radicals that are released in any chemical reaction of the body and can cause serious damage to the structures of cells, triggering off the aging process and trigger some forms of carcinogenesis. Foods that are rich in vitamin E: wheat germ soybean oil, rice, cotton, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, chestnuts and leafy vegetables.
Folic Acid - essential vitamin in the formation of leukocytes (white blood cells) in the bone marrow. Foods rich in folic acid: liver, beans and dark green leafy (broccoli, cabbage, spinach). Yes Broccoli and vitamins for immune system all together!!
Zinc - this mineral works in tissue repair and healing of wounds. A zinc deficiency results in several immunological diseases; the serious deficiency causes lymphocytopenia (large decrease in the number of lymphocytes). Important food sources of zinc are meat, fish (including shellfish and oysters), poultry and milk. Whole grains, beans and nuts are also good sources.
Selenium - as well as vitamin E, this mineral has great antioxidant capacity, i.e. neutralizes the action of free radicals (formed due to action of solar rays, pollution, cigarette smoke, among others) in our body, slowing the aging process and preventing the triggering of some forms of cancer. Marine foods, liver, meat and poultry are rich in selenium.
See now some of the foods that have beneficial properties and vitamins for immune system.