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Immune Boosting Nutrients

As all things related to eating healthier, it’s challenging to find absolute agreement.  The following list contains the nutrients most favored for helping your immune system fight off illness.

1. Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble substance that protects the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals.

2. Bioflavonoids sometimes referred to as polyphenols, modify the body’s reaction to allergens, viruses, and carcinogens.

3. Probiotics maintain your balance of “good germs” and are especially important if you’re on antibiotics.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation (and benefit heart and neurologic health).

5. Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes.

6. Vitamin C is another antioxidant.  Its cold-prevention prowess is now in question, but let’s not underestimate the placebo effect! (more…)

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