Winter is approaching and the ultimate guide to preventing flu this season is altering your diet to help fortify your immune system and four micronutrients have proven to do this.
Although so many people are waiting for the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine such as the one from Pfizer that had 90% effective rates in early reports, we still have to pay attention to other illnesses that might affect us.
There are more preventative ways available today to keep us away from seasonal illness away. Micronutrients such as resveratrol, vitamin D, probiotics, and Zinc will boost your immune health and as well as protect you from colds.
Zinc is a simple mineral which when taken in the form of a lozenge can help to reduce the duration of a cold by 33-40%. Other nutrients such as luteolin, quercetin, and fisetin which are plant flavonoids can actually prevent the SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins from entering our cells.
Some immune cells have demonstrated cross-immunity to SARS-CoV-1, declared a pandemic in 2003 in China, which has been shown in certain patients to fight COVID-19. Nutrients such as luteolin and zinc work in similar ways to the immune cells, and when these supplements are taken, they can help prevent seasonal flus.
Vitamin D has unarguably proved to reduce acute respiratory tract infections. This finding has been examined across several studies, and some meta-analyses have yielded averages of about 10% reduction in risk for people with normal levels of vitamin D.
The major source of vitamin D comes from the sun, however, there are several foods that contain vitamin D. Foods like egg yolks, canned tuna, fortified milk, cod liver oil, etc. A daily supplement would be the right option if you don’t eat any of these foods.
Zinc stops the replication of viruses in our body. For instance, RNA polymerase is used by viruses to make our cells replicate the viral proteins, this RNA polymerase is blocked by Zinc. Resveratrol, luteolin, and quercetin have also been found to help fight against infections