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The best vitamins you can take to protect yourself from viruses if you start feeling unwell

With the fight against coronavirus easing, Ireland will soon be removing additional public health restrictions.

Away from Covid, there is still a risk of disease, especially if people return.
Many people are immunocompromised, and thousands more will have a cold or flu this year.

Having a strong immune system is the best defence.

Getting there isn’t easy.

But there are vitamins you can take to help.

The HSE recommends three major vitamins to help with the sniffles.

vit C
Citrus fruits are your best friend when you’re sick.
Vitamin C deficiency makes you susceptible to viruses and other disorders.

Unlike other vitamins, our bodies cannot synthesise Vitamin C, therefore we must obtain it from outside sources.

Your immune system will be grateful.

Fruits : oranges, lemons, spinach, broccoli

Weakening your immune system increases your risk of illness.

Vitamin A deficiency increases the risk.

Vitamin A benefits:

boosting your immune system’s ability to fight disease and infection
preserving the skin and lining of some bodily parts, such as the nose, Vitamin D-enriched foods include cheese, eggs, oily fish, fortified low-fat spreads, milk and yoghurt.
The easiest source of Vitamin D is sunlight.

Ireland doesn’t get much sun.

Adults have inadequate vitamin D levels, HSE research shows.

From late March to late September, most people should acquire enough vitamin D from sunlight.
As a result, we must obtain it from other sources, including food.

That’s why some doctors advise Vitamin D tablets in the winter.

Oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel), red flesh Liver, egg yolks, fortified meals (such spreads and cereals)