Don’t Just Wear a Mask – Boost Your Immune System
We are entering phase 2 of reopening our state and easing out of the Covid-19 lockdown just in time for summer. However, the risk of becoming infected could increase. While it’s important to wash your hands, avoid sick people and cover your cough, it’s also important to incorporate a nutritional strategy in our arsenal to boost our immune system.
Boost Your Immune System With Supplements
A vaccine against Covid-19 is not present yet and there is currently no cure. Fighting Covid-19 is left to our immune system to fight off the infection. Good nutrition, exercise and sleep play a large role in supporting the immune system. The problem is that many of us aren’t eating enough of these nutrients. You can boost your immune system and minimize the impact of many kinds of infections by taking supplements.
A multi-vitamin tailored to your age, gender and other characteristics (such as pregnancy) is the best way to go. For example, multi-vitamins for men often contain little or no iron, whereas those for seniors typically provide more calcium and vitamin D and B12 than multivitamins for younger adults.
Vitamin C is probably the most popular supplement taken to protect against infection due to its important role in immune health. Generally, vitamin C can help you fight a cold faster or ease your cold symptoms if you were taking it prior to getting sick. As an antioxidant, vitamin C can help reduce inflammation. Covid-19 causes severe lung inflammation which can lead to respiratory distress or even death. So, if you are still healthy, it doesn’t hurt to start taking vitamin C now.
The primary function of vitamin D is to help your body maintain optimal blood levels of calcium and phosphorous, which you can get through the sun’s UV rays, or through supplements and foods you eat. However, many people in New England are vitamin D deficient due to long winters and short summers.
Vitamin D enhances the pathogen-fighting effects of white blood cells that are important parts of your immune defense – and decreases inflammation, which helps promote immune response.
Combining probiotics with vitamins could be a valid strategy to boost the immune system. Probiotic bacteria can interact with our gut microbiome to reinforce our immune system, increase immune response and promote specific immune signaling.
Probiotics have shown to prevent and/or decrease the duration of either bacterial or viral infections.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Omega-3 has lipid mediators that serve as the body’s natural “stop” signals to inflammation. Covid-19 causes unchecked inflammation that can cause extensive organ damage, such as lung failure. Increasing levels of lipid mediators in the body may help combat life-threatening inflammation caused by Covid-19.
We Can Help You Boost Your Immune System
At Boulevard Compounding Pharmacy we have a variety of high quality supplements that will help boost your immune system. Just call us and tell us what you are looking for and we’ll give you exactly what you need. You can pay over the phone and we’ll bring it to you curbside or have it mailed straight to your door. We will also give you 15% off for all purchases over $100.
Want to know the brands we carry for these supplements? The list is coming – stay tuned!