ABCs of Good Health

Meet the Micronutrients: Nutrients that Support Your Immunity

Meet the Micronutrients: Nutrients that Support Your Immunity

Do you know your micronutrients from your macronutrients? Many of us probably don’t, but both are pretty important when it comes down to keeping your body healthy. Macronutrients refer to the nutrients that our bodies need in large quantities in order to give us energy – so proteins, fats and carbohydrates. As for micronutrients, these are the essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need, but in smaller amounts – hence the term ‘micro.’ Most of the time, the body is unable to produce certain nutrients on its own which is why they need to be obtained in other ways, which is mainly through food. Micronutrients are critical when it comes to important functions in the body, and this covers everything from organ function, bone development, and your immune system. However, a lot of us may struggle to fit in the recommended amounts for certain nutrients, and that’s where supplements can come in handy.

Today we’re looking at your immune system and how we can help support it with the help of certain micronutrients. We’ve hand picked some of our favourite products here at Myvitamins to give you our comprehensive guide to help you support your immunity.

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How Vitamins Can Help Support Your Immunity

Vitamin A

First of all, let’s take a look at vitamin A. What vitamin A is probably best known for is its contribution to eye health and for the maintenance of normal vision.1 You’ve probably heard that age old saying that carrots are good for your eyesight, and the theory behind it is that carrots  are high in beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. There are however, a number of other functions that vitamin A has in the body, and one of these is that it contributes towards a healthy immune system.2  Many of us don’t get enough vitamin A in our diets. Our Vitamin A Softgels are a convenient way to support your diet, and just one capsule twice a day gives you 300% of your reference intake (RI). It’s important to remember the importance of a varied, well-balanced diet.

Vitamin C

This is probably the vitamin that we all associate with immunity. But why is that? Well, vitamin C contributes towards maintenance of a normal immune system.3 Vitamin C is high in antioxidants, which help to protect cells against oxidative stress.4 Vitamin C is also known to support our energy levels too, as it contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and assists in iron absorption, which is essential when it comes to energy.5 In addition, vitamin C has the added benefits of contributing to healthy skin, as it plays a role in collagen production.6 For those who want to up the amount of vitamin C in their diet, our Vitamin C Powder could be just the thing.

Vitamin D

Commonly known as the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ due to being produced naturally when your skin is exposed to sunlight, vitamin D is largely known for its role in the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, because it aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.7 However, it also plays a part in the normal functioning of your immune system.8 During periods where we don’t get exposed to much sunshine, or for those who are housebound, it may be difficult to get an adequate supply of vitamin D, which is why we created our Vitamin D3 Tablets.

Vitamin E

Next up, we have vitamin E, which is a known antioxidant, and like vitamin C, helps protect cells from oxidative stress.9 If you’re wondering how you can get more of this nutrient into your diet, our Vitamin E Softgels are a convenient way for you to get your daily allowance and are designed to help you support your health and wellbeing, all with just one capsule a day.

Iron

Iron is a highly important nutrient that contributes to the formation of red blood cells, haemoglobin and the normal transportation of oxygen within the body.10 Not only this, iron also contributes towards reducing fatigue.11 Our Iron Plus Tablets contain 100% of your daily RI, as well as added vitamins A, B2 and C.

Zinc

Finally, we come to zinc. A mineral that’s incredibly important to our bodies. Zinc contributes towards the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails.12  Zinc also plays a role in helping to maintain normal cognitive function.13 When it comes to immunity, zinc is essential for the functions of immune cells in the body, and also helps protect cells from oxidative stress.14 Getting enough zinc in our diets can be tricky, however one way to ensure you get the right amount is with our Zinc Tablets, which also contain 75% of your RI of vitamin C.

Alternatively, our Zinc & Magnesium Tablets are a great option if you also find yourself lacking in energy at times. Magnesium helps to support our energy metabolism, contributing to reduced fatigue, making it a great way to support your energy levels.15

Supporting your immunity has never been easier with the help of our wonderful range of supplements we have here at Myvitamins. For more options on how you can support every aspect of your wellbeing, check out our full range of vitamins and mineral supplements.

References:

  1. Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal vision
  2. Vitamin A contributes towards a healthy immune system
  3. vitamin C contributes towards maintenance of a normal immune system
  4. Vitamin C help to protect cells against oxidative stress
  5. Vitamin C contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and assists in iron absorption
  6. vitamin C helps contribute to collagen production and healthy skin
  7. vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones and teeth
  8. vitamin D helps support the normal functioning of your immune system
  9. vitamin E helps protect cells from oxidative stress
  10. Iron contributes to the formation of red blood cells, haemoglobin and the normal transportation of oxygen within the body
  11. Iron contributes towards reducing fatigue
  12. Zinc contributes towards the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails
  13. Zinc helps to maintain normal cognitive function
  14. Zinc helps protect cells from oxidative stress
  15. Magnesium helps to support our energy metabolism

Written by Amy Jackson – Content Writer at My Favourite Voucher Codes – April 2020

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Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Writer and expert

Amy graduated from The University of Northampton in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. She currently writes for a number of websites and has a special interest in creating posts around well-being and self-care. She's a big fan of Pilates and has recently started taking up yoga. She loves animals (especially her cat, Tilly!), scrapbooking, and curling up with a good book or a boxset.