Here are Some Vitamins for Colds
1. Zinc: Zinc is nutritionally essential for immune function. Zinc lozenges and powder are available for use during a cold or the flu that can shorten the length of the cold if there is a slight deficiency. The human body uses these micronutrients in a balanced state. Too much zinc interferes with copper bioavailability and too much iron can reduce the absorption of zinc. Foods rich in zinc include lobster, oysters, beef, crab, pork, cashews, chickpeas, chicken and Swiss cheese.
2. Vitamin C: There is evidence that this water-soluble vitamin will shorten the life of a cold. People with higher blood levels also have a lower risk of death from all causes. Typically the higher the dose the better but one is limited to a relatively small amount with oral vitamin C. We can go much higher with IV or liposomal C. I personally use liposomal vitamin C 3-4 grams every hour with good results.
3. Vitamin D: Research studies have demonstrated that this fat-soluble vitamin is essential to the function of your immune system. However, while important to prevent a cold and the flu, supplementation during a cold may not shorten the length of the illness. That said, suboptimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair the immune response and make one far more susceptible to contracting colds, flu and other respiratory infections, so it’s important to make sure the levels are optimized. Get out in the Sun.
4. Magnesium: The importance of this mineral to our health has previously been underestimated. Researchers have identified a reduction in magnesium levels after strenuous exercise, leading to an increased number of viral infections. Supplementation during a cold will likely not reduce the length of the cold. However, an Epsom salt bath will reduce muscle aches, aid in the absorption of magnesium from the Epsom salts and just make us feel better.
5. Vitamin E: This fat-soluble vitamin enhanced the T-cell-related immune-mediated response in an elderly population. However, while important for prevention, it is not likely to produce immediate results to shorten the length of a cold.
6. Vitamin B6: This vitamin is essential for the production of over 100 enzymes responsible for protein metabolism. Although important to our health, it does not shorten the length of the cold.
7. Vitamin A: This fat-soluble vitamin is important for the differentiation and regulation of almost every cell in the body, including normal immune function. This vitamin is important for the prevention of colds but will not shorten the length of the cold.
8. Selenium: This trace element is important in a variety of biological functions. However, while a severe deficiency can lead to significant viral infections it is highly unlikely that supplementation during a cold will reduce the length of the cold.
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