3 Supplements To Boost Your Immune System
Winter is coming! This means that you may need an immunity boost to help with the time changes, flu/cold season, and the changing weather. Here are 3 herbs that can help get your immune system in full gear.
This is my number one go to herb for immunity. I take it in a low dose regularly along with vitamin-C. During the winter, or times where your immune system is susceptible, it is a good idea to amp up the dose you take. Modern research has shown that Echinacea exerts a significant effect on immune function. For cold/flu or stimulation of the immune system 150-400 milligrams (mg) of Echinacea root by mouth is taken 1-3 times per day for approximately 3-14 days.
Zinc functions in more enzymatic reactions compared to any other mineral in our bodies. Marginal zinc deficiency is common in the United States, especially in the elderly. This deficiency may cause an increased susceptibility to infection, slow wound healing, decreases in the sense of smell or taste, and even skin disorders. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of zinc is 15 milligrams (mg) for men and 12 mg for women. You can find high amounts of it naturally in oysters, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. For colds 4-24 mg of zinc is taken three times a day for up to 14 days. The tolerable upper limit is 40 mg per day for adults.
A low level of selenium is associated with increased free-radical damage to the body. Low levels may increase your risk of cancers, inflammatory diseases, and cardiovascular disease. Supplements of selenium should contain 100-250 micrograms (mcg) or more per day. Wheat germ, nuts, whole grains, and fish contain high levels of selenium. The tolerable upper limit is 400 mcg per day for adults. You should not consume more than 2,000 micrograms of selenium per day because it can be toxic in these high levels.
Every supplier is different! Be sure you are taking the proper dosage for the wanted effect. Read the labels on your supplements to be sure you are taking the proper amount for the best results. Some of these herbs and minerals may have side effects. Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking anything new or increasing your dosage of any herbs, supplements, or medications. Some supplements come in combination with other ingredients. Be sure you read what ingredients your herbs/supplements contain before taking them.
Other Health Topics:
Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.