Get Vaccine Ready With These Nutrients – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 308
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Today, I want to talk about what to do before and after you get your COVID-19 vaccination. We have been fielding a lot of questions on this recently and it’s really smart that people want to know if they should be taking vitamins before and after they get their vaccination and, if so, which vitamins and minerals would be most beneficial.
I want to talk about some of the science behind how vitamins, minerals and different antioxidants can be incredibly advantageous to take when you are going to be getting vaccinated, not just against COVID-19, but for a variety of different vaccines. I also want to discuss why they have shown how efficacious this can actually be in terms of helping to really enhance the immune system’s ability to have this heightened way to take on that vaccine and really boost overall immunity.†
We’ve known for a long time that many people go in and they do the annual influenza vaccine. They started to look into this. In the Journal of Gerontology, they were doing an overview of different studies looking at whether nutritional supplementation would have any type of an impact in terms of increasing an immune response to influenza immunization. In this particular study, they were looking at a few different ways in which they were able to show that taking vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants could really help the flu vaccine provide even more protection against influenza.†
What they did in one of the studies was they recruited participants who were 65 and older and they were giving them a drink that contained vitamins, minerals and enhanced antioxidants, while another group was given placebo. The researchers had them do this for seven months. They did antibody titers to three different strains of flu seven months before the vaccine and then one month after the vaccine. What they found was a significant increase in antibody response to one of those strains and they found that it was only in the group that was given that nutritional supplementation drink.†
Another study that was conducted at Iowa State University divided participants that were over the age of 62 into different groups. What they were looking at was how much of an impact multivitamin intake would have in terms of helping to enhance the immunization effect for influenza. They once again were able to find that in the group that had higher physical activity along with taking a daily multivitamin had a significant correlation in terms of their different titer levels. They also had higher levels when looking at things like immunoglobulin G and immunoglobulin M, meaning that their immune system was much more responsive. This is really quite impressive.†
Nutrients for the immune system
In the basic picture, we already know that the immune system is reliant on pretty much every single vitamin and mineral out there. When we look at B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, zinc and all of these different minerals, they are all an integral component of both the innate and the adaptive immune system. It would make sense that if someone is going to be getting vaccinated, that they would want to make sure that they have these nutrients on board, to act in a sense as a primer allowing the body to get in front of the immune response. This is really very important, especially when we think about the COVID vaccine.†
At bare minimum, before you get vaccinated, you should be taking a multivitamin. Whether you’re looking at the Core Multivitamin, Men’s Multivitamin, Women’s Multivitamin, Performance Multivitamin or Multi Energy Powder by Dr. Pressman, that’s the bare minimum. We at least want to get all of the key and essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants on board. We can also look at things such as green tea, zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Our Immunity Hx tablet could be very beneficial both before and after your vaccination.†
Tune into the full podcast episode to hear more nutritional recommendations from Amanda.
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