“Boosting” Your Immune System?

For once, I am not sick with some massive cold, allergic reaction, or, for goodness sake, pneumonia, like I have been on and off for the past several months. Some people would encourage me to boost my immune system using megadoses of Vitamin C or some other “over the counter” remedy. In the new year, as an unofficial resolution, I am paying more attention to what nutrients and vitamins I’m getting from food, but is there really a way to help out your immune system?

Get your Vitamin C today? CC adamskee on Flickr

Erik Davis at Skeptic North posted this excellent review of “immune boosting” supplements and the medical journals that have weighed in on them. Do go over and give it a read for some fascinating information. The bottom line is that there is no strong evidence of “immune boosting” techniques, even that Vitamin C myth that has been tested over and over again for 50 years. One actual way of boosting your immune system? Vaccines, of course.

Now eat your fruits and veggies and get off my lawn.

3 comments for ““Boosting” Your Immune System?

  1. Tom
    February 20, 2011 at 05:07

    You might check out http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/play/snake-oil-supplements/. It’s a nice visual summary of the scientific evidence for many, many supplements, and is periodically updated.

    • Nicole
      February 21, 2011 at 13:35

      Oo, I had forgotten about that. Love, LOVE that webpage! They really have expanded since I was last there.

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