Are you looking for a multivitamin to boost your immune system? Look no more. There is no such thing as the best vitamins for the immune system.
Take a look at any multivitamin bottle and you will see a list of vitamins and minerals. No matter how extensive the list is, it will never be able to provide you with all the nutrients that whole plant foods can give you.
The truth about “filling nutritional gaps”
Major brands of multivitamins like Centrum like to tell you to use their products to “fill nutritional gaps”.
They say their supplements are convenient ways to build your immune system since you are very busy and have to eat out all the time.
But the truth is, multivitamins in a body that doesn’t suffer from deficiencies of the included vitamins could do more harm than good.
They are isolated from their natural sources or synthetically made in a lab. The high doses make it easy to overdose on a particular vitamin, causing side effects and imbalance within the body.
-Editorial in Annals of Internal Medicine, 17 December 2013
Let’s look at three examples of vitamins that people take to improve their health.
An analysis of 19 studies involving over 135,000 people revealed that high vitamin E supplementation increases the risk of dying from diseases.
According to a 2013 report in The BMJ, scientists who reviewed a total of 50 studies involving over 294,000 people concluded that supplementing with vitamins and antioxidants doesn’t prevent cardiovascular disease.
Over the years, scientists have proven that vitamin C is actually not that special when it comes to preventing colds or other diseases.
After looking at 29 vitamin C related studies involving over 11,000 participants, researchers reported in 2013 that there is no evidence for taking vitamin C supplements on a regular basis.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, but there are nutrients that are many times more powerful in terms of antioxidant activity.
Take a comprehensive approach
Boosting your immune system with just vitamins is only a band aid solution. You need to have a balanced, mostly plants diet, adequate sleep, enough exercise, and a positive outlook to keep your immune system strong.
Click here to see how these habits will boost your immune system.