We may have hated the idea of taking them as kids and our parents would force them down our throats but in the midst of a global pandemic as widespread as a coronavirus (COVID-19), vitamins are a definite must-have.
Back to basics: What are vitamins?
The importance of taking your vitamins is absolutely understated. The immune system is often challenged by external forces, bacteria and viruses with a singular objective — to corrupt your body and crash your motherboard.
A vitamin, in scientific terms, is an organic micronutrient that assists an organism with the proper functioning of its metabolism. In simpler terms, vitamins are nutrients your body needs to develop and function properly.
There are 13 essential vitamin types you ought to be taking on a daily basis to prolong your healthy life and boost your immune system.
However, since the world is dealing with a coronavirus pandemic, a virus that hacks the immune system and attacks your lungs, we will focus our attention on three vitamins
Three vitamins that will boost your immune system
Also known as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, vitamin C is a micronutrient source found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement.
This vitamin type specialises in repairing tissue and the production of certain neurotransmitters.
This micronutrient is part of a group of chemically similar compounds. Also referred to as pyridoxine, this vitamin type is essential for protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and the creation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters.
Vitamin E is a popularly used supplement. According to the Mayo Clinic, the micronutrient is essential for improving vision, reproduction, and the health of your blood, brain and skin.