Are Vitamin Shots Good for You?

Give Your Immune System a Boost

Boosting our immune system is at the top of many of our minds, but few of us understand how the immune system works and what it needs to function at an optimal level. Needless to say, our immune systems are important – now more than ever. Our immune system helps protect us against diseases caused by invaders that want to enter our bodies and start trouble. These invaders are called pathogens, and they include viruses, bacteria, and parasites. The immune system’s job is to recognize antigens and free the body of them.

Vitamins are important parts of our diet and have long been known to benefit the immune system. Some of the vitamins that are best for the immune system include:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help prevent infections and shorten the time the infections spend in your body. It is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the body’s natural defenses and protects the cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. Vitamin C can reduce your risk of chronic disease, manage high blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, reduce blood uric acid levels to prevent gout attacks, helps prevent iron deficiency, protects your memory, and boosts immunity. Sources of vitamin C include:

  • Guavas
  • Kiwifruit
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Snow peas
  • Kale

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is part of nearly 200 biochemical reactions in your body and is essential for immune function and in helping your body fight infection. Vitamin E widens the blood vessels and keeps blood from clotting within them. Cells use Vitamin E to interact with each other to carry important functions. Sources of vitamin E include:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Spinach
  • Butternut squash
  • Kiwifruit
  • Broccoli
  • Trout
  • Olive oil
  • Shrimp

Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays a key role in a tolerant, functional immune system. Vitamin A is necessary for immune tolerance across the entire gut lining, which is important for maintaining health. Central tolerance is necessary for preventing immune system over-reactivity. It prevents the body from attacking its own cells. Sources of vitamin A include:

  • Carrots
  • Tuna
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Spinach
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lettuce
  • Red bell peppers
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli

Vitamin D

This is one of the most important, powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system, and the reason this is true is actually quite interesting. There are vitamin D receptors and activating enzymes on the surfaces of the white blood cells. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with autoimmune diseases and infections. Sources of vitamin D include:

  • Fish
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified milk
  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Orange juice
  • Pork chops
  • Eggs

Folic acid

Although its name doesn’t begin with the word “vitamin,” folic acid is actually a B vitamin. Folic acid is necessary for creating DNA and RNA, which dictate cell functions and prevent DNA changes that can lead to cancer. Research has also shown that folic acid leads to an increase in T-cells, which are directly involved in the body’s process of killing infections. Sources of folic acid include:

  • Legumes
  • Asparagus
  • Eggs
  • Leafy greens
  • Beets
  • Citrus fruits
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Beef liver

How to Get the Vitamins You Need

Let’s face it: getting all of the vitamins your body needs from food alone is tough. There are 13 different vitamins that your body needs, so it’s only natural that we might miss out on some essentials. Sadly, 42% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient, 40% of the U.S. population is vitamin B12 deficient, and the list goes on. This is a problem because vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that perform hundreds of roles in the body. They play an important role in growth, digestion, energy production, nervous system function, and help with enzyme activity. Enzymes create chemical reactions in the body that speed up the rate of chemical reactions and help support life. Overall, getting the vitamins you need will help you feel your best, look your best, and help your body operate at an optimal level. We know that this is a lofty goal, so Novopelle Med Spa created a vitamin shot bar to help patients achieve this. Our shot bar can provide you with a nutrient shot that meets your specific health needs to help your body reach its full potential and avoid sickness as much as possible.

Want to find out which vitamin shot could help you reach your health goals? Call us at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online and we will be happy to walk you through your options.