Over the past couple of months, many Filipinos have flocked to drugstores in search of vitamins to protect their health. Most have sought Vitamin C, which is widely known to boost immunity. However, did you know that you need to have the right balance of several other vitamins and minerals to strengthen your immune system? Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Selenium are just as important contributors as Vitamin C for the body to be able to defend against diseases and infections.
Let us dive deeper into these four nutrients and their benefits to see how they can strengthen immunity.
Studies have shown that Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammation vitamin. It helps enhance the immune function by helping produce mucus that lines the digestive and respiratory tracts, creating a barrier that acts as the body's first line of defense against infections.
Vitamin D is also crucial for promoting respiratory health. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that people deficient in Vitamin D were more prone to upper respiratory tract infections such as influenza and allergic asthma.
Zinc, on the other hand, is beneficial for those who are sick as it shortens the duration of their infections. A study showed that supplementation with Zinc can have beneficial response in several diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, acute lower respiratory tract infection, and even the common cold.
Lastly, high levels of Selenium were found to improve the antiviral defense of those afflicted with influenza and tuberculosis, while those deficient in this mineral may have a slower immune response.
It is recommended to get enough of these vitamins and minerals to help improve the body's immunity. The Multivitamins + Minerals brand Centrum provides all these nutrients and more in just one tablet.
Centrum's products—Multivitamins + Minerals Centrum Advance (for adults below 50) and Multivitamins + Minerals Centrum Silver Advance (for adults 50 and up)—are formulated to protect your health with over 25 vitamins and minerals, including the immunity-boosting nutrients Vitamin C, A, and D, Zinc, and Selenium.
Multivitamins + Minerals Centrum Advance and Multivitamins + Minerals Centrum Silver Advance are available in Mercury Drug, Watsons, Southstar Drug, Rose Pharmacy, and other drugstores nationwide.
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