If you’re trying to boost your immune system and keep colds at bay, there are five vitamins that can help you achieve your goal. According to research from the Harvard School of Public Health, five of the 13 identified vitamins can help protect you from disease.
You’ll want to make sure that you get adequate amounts of these essential, disease-fighting vitamins: B6, B12, B9 (folic acid), D, and E. Each of these vitamins play a different role in protecting your body. Folic acid, B6, and B12 help to prevent stroke by breaking down homocysteine (an amino acid, which, when converted, can damage your arteries).
Folic acid also has the added benefit of protecting against heart disease and certain cancers, such as those of the breast or colon. Vitamin D helps protect you against bone diseases such as osteoporosis and it’s also been indicated that it can act as a possible cancer prophylactic.
You may already realize the importance of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant powerhouse. Vitamin E can help fight off infections, protect you against various diseases, and promote overall health.
Now, you may feel that some other important vitamins have been left out of this study. In fact, all vitamins are important to your health, but these five have been found to show particular benefits in protecting your body from chronic, long-term, degenerative diseases. Here are the daily amounts an average adult should get of the five key vitamins:
— Vitamin B6: 1.3 to 1.7 milligrams — Vitamin B12: 6 micrograms — Folic Acid: 400 micrograms — Vitamin D: 5 micrograms — Vitamin E: 15 milligrams or 33 IU
Make sure that you get adequate amounts of these nutrients every day, be it from food or supplements. It could help protect you from stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even cancer.