“A new study, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal and said to be the most comprehensive analysis to date, confirms that vitamin D protects against respiratory infections.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
An optimum supply of micronutrients is crucial for protecting against respiratory infections. But while vitamin D is certainly important, other micronutrients are similarly essential.
Vitamin C helps in the inactivation of viral DNA, for example, thus limiting viral reproduction. Vitamin C also aids antibody production by the white blood cells.
In synergy with vitamin C, the amino acid lysine is important for blocking collagen-digesting enzymes and strengthening connective tissue, thereby controlling the spread of infectious agents.
Other important immune-enhancing micronutrients include antioxidants such as zinc and selenium, which support lymphoid tissues in the thymus gland and the function of white blood cells. The phytonutrient quercetin and the trace mineral iodine are also critical for immunity.
To learn more about the ways in which micronutrients support the immune system in fighting infections, read this article on our website.
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