Vitamins, supplements benefit immune system?

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Question from Ms Believin: Can vitamins and supplements be of any benefit in helping to strengthen the immune system?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. There is no question that good nutrition is necessary for a healthy immune system and that means a healthy variety of proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, vitamins, fluids, etc. We know that the healthiest source of vitamins and minerals comes from food because it is not just the vitamins that you want, but also all of the 'helper' molecules that surround these vitamins. Sometimes, however, having fresh fruits, vegetables and grains in your diet, as well as organic foods, is a tall order. It is one more big expectation that is hard to fulfill each day. Certainly taking vitamins and minerals in tablet form is a whole lot easier. There is no 'right' answer on this. I know it is frustrating to hear that. I think you need to speak to a doctor, nurse, or nutritionist that is familiar with this important question to get an answer to your individual situation.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Stress and Your Immune System featured Mitch Golant, Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions on how stress affects your treatment, and what you can do to boost your immune system.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2001.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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