Want to boost your immune system?
COVID-19 has us all on edge. With self-quarantining, most of us are debating what to eat and how to stay busy every day. I’ve been cooking, reading, taking online courses, spending time with family, and of course staying indoors. Here are a few supplements/spices I’ve been taking to boost my immune system during this interesting, yet uncertain time.
1) Oil of Oregano
This essential oil has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties (1a). It’s not exactly the spice you top your dishes with. The oil is extracted from medicinal grade oregano (1b). People who experience gut issues may find oil of oregano useful for SIBO, IBS, etc. It is recommended to take it for 2-3 weeks with a break afterward. I take the supplement version 1-2 times a week.
2) Vitamin D3
Did you know Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies in Americans? Long work hours and minimal sun exposure have unfortunately led to this epidemic. Since it plays a key role in immune function, a deficiency can lead to increased susceptibility to infections (1c). I take Vitamin D3 every morning.
The spice that’s known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I take a combination of turmeric and black pepper since it is more bioavailable in this form (1d). I consume turmeric in my meals, which is typical in South Asian diets. I recommend making turmeric “lattes” or adding it to your morning eggs if you’re not used to eating this spice.
4) Vitamin C
The infamous vitamin. I mean Emergen-C seems to be everyone’s go-to when cold symptoms start appearing. It has many benefits, including supporting functions in the innate and adaptive immune systems (1e). It also works its magic in the top layer of your skin to fight against pathogens. I take this 1-3 times a week.
Of course, use supplements to enhance your health. The nutrients you get from your food are the most important, along with your exercise habits. I hope you enjoyed this–stay informed and safe in these trying times!
The content in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.