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Profe Claudio Nieto: Vitamins and Foods that Support the Immune System

2024-02-14T16:44:24+00:00
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  • Profe Claudio Nieto shares ways to support the immune system.
  • A brief list of minerals that support good health is provided.
  • Likewise, it is mentioned what you should do to obtain these elements.

In the information age, we are surrounded by advertisements and products that promise to be the solution to all our health problems, especially when it comes to strengthening our immune system.

However, do we really need supplements to avoid getting infected by viruses? Are there vitamins or minerals that can boost our defenses? Let’s explore this topic thoroughly.

It’s important to understand that the health of our immune system doesn’t depend on a single factor but on a set of habits and factors that influence our overall well-being.

We can’t expect to improve our immunity simply with a pill or a liquid yogurt advertised on television, especially if we neglect fundamental aspects like balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate rest.

The immune system

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Analyzing the data, we see that age is one of the main risk factors for vulnerability to infectious diseases.

As we age, our immune system tends to weaken, making us more susceptible to various illnesses.

But beyond age, other factors like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and unhealthy eating habits can also significantly affect our ability to defend ourselves against diseases.

So, what role does diet play in our immune system? It turns out that nutrition plays a crucial role in strengthening our defenses.

Vitamins

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There are certain nutrients that are especially relevant for maintaining a strong and resilient immune system. Here are eight of them:

Vitamin A: This vitamin has a direct impact on the formation and differentiation of white blood cells, key cells of the immune system.

You can find vitamin A in foods like liver, cheddar cheese, egg yolks, spinach, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C: Widely known for its role in the immune system, vitamin C is essential for keeping our defenses in good shape. It is found in citrus fruits, red peppers, broccoli, and various fruits and vegetables.

Food

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Selenium: This mineral is necessary for producing proteins that modulate the immune response. You can obtain selenium from sources like Brazil nuts and pine nuts.

Zinc: Zinc deficiency can weaken our immune system, making us more susceptible to infections. You can find zinc in foods like oysters, meat, and legumes.

Magnesium: It plays an essential role in activating the immune system and improving our response to infections.

Foods such as flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, leafy green vegetables, and almonds are rich in magnesium.

Preventing diseases

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Vitamin D: This vitamin is crucial, as all cells in our immune system have receptors for it.

Vitamin D modulates our immune response and can help prevent infections. Sources include fish oil, fatty fish, beef liver, dairy products, and sunlight exposure.

Essential fatty acids: These fatty acids help modulate the immune system and are important for the production of hormones that help us fight inflammation.

They are found in nuts, coconut oil, flaxseeds, and fatty fish.

Support the immune system

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Herbs and spices: Some herbs and spices, such as garlic, turmeric, and echinacea, can help modulate the immune system and fight infections.

It’s important to note that while these nutrients are important for strengthening our immune system, a balanced and varied diet is crucial to obtain all the nutrients our body needs.

Additionally, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplementation, as excess of certain nutrients can be harmful to our health.

In summary, supplements can be helpful in certain cases, but they are not a miraculous solution for strengthening our immune system. Profe Claudio Nieto bids farewell and hopes you have enjoyed this information. Until next time!

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