Our health professionals at Nulook Medspa in Toronto, know that vitamins are nutrients the body requires in specific amounts daily to support health. Because of that, all vitamins help the immune system to some extent. But some vitamins are better at immune system support than others.
This vitamin is an antioxidant, which means it protects cells against damage from free radical molecules. This is vital when it comes to the health of the immune systems. It helps the body form red blood cells and connective tissue and helps it heal wounds and burns. Famously, vitamin C is abundant in citrus fruits, but it can also be found in leafy green vegetables and green peppers.
Vitamin E is another antioxidant. There are several types of vitamin E, with the most powerful being alpha tocopherol. This type of vitamin E is abundant in vegetable oils, raw seeds, nuts, wheat germ and soybeans. Vitamin E helps the red blood cells stay oxygenated, helps the healthy dilation of blood vessels, regulates blood pressure and protects the body from damage from pollutants and poisons.
Yet another antioxidant, vitamin A is fat soluble and is stored in the body. It is usually ingested as carotene, which gives carrots their orange colour. Once carotene is in the body, it is converted to vitamin A. Great sources, besides carrots, are colourful vegetables such as yellow and red peppers and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin A not only supports the immune system but aids in the health of the mucous membranes, especially those in the respiratory tract. This helps to cut down on the risk of infection.
Clients at our medical spa in Toronto are surprised when we tell them that vitamin D is one of the only vitamins that is made by the body. It is made when the sun’s UV light penetrates the skin, so all a person has to do to get their RDA of vitamin D is spend about a quarter hour in the sun, with the application of sunscreen of course. Vitamin D is crucial for the growth of bones and teeth in children and helps maintain the immune system and the nervous system. It's found in cold water fatty fish such as salmon, in fortified milk, and orange juice.
Having a healthy immune system is always important, but it becomes more crucial during the rapid spread of a worldwide virus. Whether you choose to get your vitamins through fruits and vegetables or through vitamin tablets, it is important that you are taking all necessary vitamins every day. Although Nulook Medspa, located in Toronto, remains temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can still contact us with any questions through our online contact form.