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Vitamin A and how it can support your immune system

Coronavirus has made many of us to turn to food to boost our immunity. In the eleventh part of this series, with Maria’s expertise as an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) practitioner we look at how can you support your immune system in light of the Coronavirus:

“Researching this series, I now consider how to support your immune system with Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is a micro (small) nutrient important for maintaining healthy skin and vision and supporting the tissue that lines various organs in the body such as the respiratory tract.

Vitamin A can support healthy immune system function due to its involvement in both the development of the immune system and its regulatory roles in immune cell responses and actions.

There are 2 forms of vitamin A; the ‘non-active’ form, beta-carotene and the ‘active’ form, retinol. The beta-carotene form can be found in yellow and orange vegetables however retinol is the form that is most potent and useful to the body. Retinol is only found in animal foods especially liver, which is a particularly rich source, as well as eggs and oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines – so add these immune supporting ingredients to your weekly shop if current availability allows!”

https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/7/9/258
https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/130/5/1132/4686462

Stay Alert & Stay Safe – Maria King, Junius Co-Founder, MSc Personalised -Nutrition . Maria is certified from the Institute for Functional Medicine . She is a BANT registered Nutrigenetic Counsellor.