Conquering the Flu: Three Vitamins to Aid in the Fight

By Alex • Health • 7 Feb 2013

So, it’s flu season. Yes, an obvious statement. But so many people watch their calendars and see this time of year roll around and do little to protect themselves from the flu. Given the fact that the flu this year is raging pretty strongly, it is vital that each one of us does our part to keep the virus from spreading. Besides getting a flu shot (which some consider to be controversial), there are other ways to guard yourself from the flu. Boosting your immune system with vitamins is a great way to do so. Here are three supplements you can take each day to do so.

1. Vitamin C
Since Vitamin C is found in very high amounts in cells that are immune to viruses, it is used up very rapidly when infection occurs. Thus, introducing more Vitamin C into your system makes it more readily available when your body needs it to fight off any infected cells if you’ve been exposed to the flu. Not only does Vitamin C benefit your immune system, it can also work to do other things, such as prevent cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even skin wrinkling. In some studies, scientists have even concluded that it may protect us from cancer and even help us live longer.

2. Echinacea
This supplement can also help boost your immune system because it stimulates your system to produce more T-cells. It can also help your white blood cells to defend your system against the viruses. The compound that does this is called echinacien, which is found in Echinacea. This helps germs from taking hold of healthy cells, so that bacteria and viruses have a more difficult fight in outdoing your system.

3. N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
This supplement is not very well known among the general public. This is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost the body’s response to pathogenic invaders. In one study done by Italian researchers, it was found that elderly patents who took NAC had flu antibodies in their blood and were indeed infected by the flu. Strangely, however, they did not show any symptoms. It can also help reduce the duration of illness if infection does occur.

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