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Supplements don't boost your immune system ?

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Supplements don't boost your immune system ?

Post  Hairbeback on Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:51 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/24/health-foods-immune-system-colds-vitamins

Ran across this article, this part stood out to me.

“If a supplement actually stimulated the innate immune response then it would leave you with a constant feeling of being unwell,” says Bangham, “with a fever, a snotty nose, depression and lethargy without any obvious benefit. So in that respect, the whole idea is a bit of a con.”


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Re: Supplements don't boost your immune system ?

Post  runnerup on Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:19 am

Like most pseudoscientific concepts, immune-boosting supplementation has a grounding in misunderstood science. Vitamins, especially A, C and D, and minerals such as zinc do have a vital role in the functioning of our immune system, but they are also practically unavoidable components of our diets, present in large quantities in fruits, vegetables and meats. If you have a normal diet, you don’t need supplemental vitamins or minerals, and giving more of them won’t help.

There is of course a way you can speed up this process and thereby boost your immunity. It’s called vaccination. Vaccines contain harmless versions of the bug you want to protect yourself against so that the acquired system can remember them and act more quickly the next time it meets them. Given that the supplements you buy in health food shops are not vaccines and thus can’t be helping the acquired system, they must therefore be aiming to boost the innate one, which would be far from ideal.


So to recap the article, don't go overboard eating healthy foods because they won't keep you healthy. You'll receive all the nutrients you need to stay healthy from the food we just told you you were wasting your money on. Anyway, go get the flu vaccine. Maybe it will work for the common cold.

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Re: Supplements don't boost your immune system ?

Post  Hairbeback on Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:12 am

Pretty much, article has a obvious slant, posted it to see the rebuttals about the immune system part

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