How many vitamins do you need to strengthen the immune system?
You don’t taste them, you don’t see them, and yet vitamins are essential for our health. Are they especially important now to strengthen the immune system?
They regulate metabolism, stimulate the immune system and ensure mental fitness. But how great is the danger today of not being sufficiently supplied with vitamins? Is a balanced diet sufficient to cover the daily vitamin requirement? Can it be used to strengthen the immune system?
Time and again, there are studies that examine the pros and cons of dietary supplements. Not quite easy to get a clear picture there. An interview with the internist and expert in biological medicine Dr. Jochen Henn on the question: how can you strengthen the immune system with vitamins?
How great is the danger today of not being sufficiently supplied with vitamins?
The study situation is indeed confusing for the layman. This is primarily due to the fact that almost exclusively individual, synthetically produced vitamins have been studied, the intake of which can actually be counterproductive. Moreover, the subject of health is not only about vitamins, but also about micronutrients such as minerals, trace elements and, above all, secondary plant compounds.
Is a balanced diet enough for a healthy immune system?
No, unfortunately, as a rule it is no longer. This is due to the fact that the vital substance content in our food today has decreased significantly, but the need is constantly growing due to stress and environmental influences. Selenium, for example, is not even found in sufficient quantities in organic cereals, because the soils in Central Europe are low in selenium. However, selenium is a very important element for the immune system, cell protection and the body’s own detoxification. A deficiency over the years leads to metabolic disorders and subsequently to cell aging and chronic diseases.
So do we really need to rely on supplemental micronutrient intake today?
Unfortunately, this is the case for most people, unless you have your own garden on your doorstep. Our cell metabolism still follows the genetic program of the Stone Age. Back then, people had a completely different nutritional situation. They had a micronutrient-rich fitness diet with valuable proteins from game meat, abundant secondary plant substances, alkaline minerals and fiber from berries and fruit, and unsaturated fatty acids from fish.
Strengthen immune system with omega 3 oil
Today, on the other hand, three quarters of food is industrially modified. With preservatives and flavor enhancers, over-sugared, low in fiber and acid-forming. In addition useless calories in the form of false fats and they contain as good as no valuable micronutrients. I therefore recommend, among other things, the regular intake of omega 3 oil. However, this should not be taken in pill form, but as oil and come from controlled production, such as Pure Arctic Oil.
Is this the reason for the increase in so-called diseases of civilization?
Unfortunately, this is confirmed daily in my practice. Diseases such as diabetes II, rheumatism or arteriosclerosis with the consequences of heart attacks and strokes, as well as obesity even in childhood, are steadily increasing. Chronic fatigue and pain are also an almost daily topic in the consultation and are due to a deficiency of vitamins and hyperacidity.
How should vitamins be dosed?
One should not simply take vitamins indiscriminately, but should first do a blood analysis on the status of micronutrient supply and then specifically compensate for deficiencies. For example, female smokers have an increased need for antioxidants, and magnesium consumption increases during particularly stressful times. Elderly people often regularly take medications that can be described as vitamin robbers. The recommendations of the professional societies are generally too low and, above all, not tailored to the individual.
Is the role of vitamins for the organism sufficiently researched?
Overall, further studies are certainly needed to fully clarify the role of vitamins for the organism. There is still a lot of potential to be discovered for health, especially among the 20,000 or so plant substances.
And the importance of the psyche?
The psyche also has an influence on the immune system. How exactly is still a great mystery in medicine. But it is now known that nerve cords from a subregion of the brain are directly linked to immune cells. That’s why, for example, constant stress is a bad thing. It leads to a reduction in the production of certain substances in the immune system that fight off pathogens such as viruses, and at the same time to an increase in stress hormones – which then suppress a good response from the immune system.
Are there tailor-made solutions in terms of vitamin supply?
In my practice, I strive for “metabolic tuning,” meaning individualized, needs-based care. And: I advise my patients to cook for themselves, without using the microwave. It is the enemy of micronutrients. Those who cook traditionally stay fit longer.