September 18, 2020

Healthy Eating for Immunity

Healthy Eating for Immunity

Having a healthy immune system has never been more important. Immunity can be affected by what you eat. Eating healthy for immunity includes eating Vitamins A, C, D and E which support immunity. Broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes are high in these vitamins.

Benefits of Eating Vitamin D for Immunity
A new study is showing the possible benefit that Vitamin D offers for the immune system in its response to viral illnesses like COVID-19. There are also many benefits of Vitamin D as it relates to infertility treatment, including how it may increase live birth rates, may reduce the risk of miscarriage, and what dose of Vitamin D for pregnant women is right. Vitamin D fortified foods include dairy and some cereals, salmon, sardines and trout. By taking the right dose of Vitamin D could help with your fertility and your immune system as it fights to stay healthy against illness.

Benefits of Eating Vitamin C for Immunity
Vitamin C acts as a powerful antioxidant that boosts the body’s natural defenses. Foods rich in vitamin C include bell peppers, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries as well as citrus especially oranges and grapefruit are high in antioxidants. A daily intake of Vitamin C is key for a healthy immune system because the human body does not produce adequate amounts nor store it. Antioxidants are also found in dark chocolate. Spices like turmeric, ginger and garlic also have antioxidant properties. That is why what you eat can make a difference.

Benefits of Eating Vitamin E for Immunity
Vitamin E is known for fighting off infection. Among the many benefits include preventing inflammation and supporting immune function. It is found in nuts such as almonds, peanuts and hazelnuts. Selenium is a mineral that works with Vitamin C and E to protect cells from oxidative stress. Selenium can be found in Brazil nuts, mushrooms, whole grains and certain fish like salmon and sardines.

Supporting your health with nutrition is something we all can do. Healthy eating for immunity can prevent illness but you may help support your immune system by including these nutrients in your daily life.

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Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D.

Joseph A. Hill, III, M.D. Board-Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility