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Prevention is key to everything we do at Cooper Aerobics, even when it comes to the flu. With flu season upon us, it is important to build and support your immune system with the right supplements. No matter what strain hits this year, you can prepare yourself by taking a multivitamin, vitamin D and vitamin C along with a balanced diet.

Multivitamins

While many multivitamins can build and support your immune system, very little science shows us if the effects of nutritional supplements boosting immunity alone can protect you from the flu. However, studies show nutritional changes have an effect on the immune system. One Harvard Medical School publication recommends that if you have an imbalanced diet, as many Americans do, taking a daily multivitamin can help provide the nutrients the body needs. Cooper Complete offers several scientifically-grounded multivitamin options based on your needs and routine which are specifically formulated to deliver the appropriate amount of nutrients for optimal health.

Vitamin D

Individuals who are deficient in vitamin D tend to be prone to more infections and illnesses. In general, vitamin D plays an important role in your immune system by strengthening the innate immune system, or the part that can respond quickly to foreign invaders. Flu epidemics flourish in the winter when the population as a whole has dramatically lower vitamin D levels due to less sun exposure and nutritional absorption.

Clinical research shows that taking 30 mcg (1,200 IU), daily during the colder months significantly reduces the risk of developing seasonal flu by about 42 percent in school-aged children as compared to a placebo. Several cross-sectional studies associate low vitamin D levels to increased infection especially upper respiratory infection and the flu. Cooper Clinic recommends that adults take a minimum of 50 mcg (2,000 IU) of vitamin D3 each day to have a better chance of coming out on top during flu season. While this recommended amount is found in all Cooper Complete multivitamins, Cooper Complete also offers individual D3 softgels to supplement your diet.

Vitamin C

At the first sign of illness, many people reach for vitamin C supplements. Available in a variety of forms and flavors, several studies have found consistent consumption of vitamin C supplements may modestly reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold. However, the notion that it will help to consume additional vitamin C at the onset of illness is a myth.

Our bodies do not manufacture vitamin C on their own and many Americans do not get the vitamin C they need through diet alone. While vitamin C does not prevent the flu, this essential nutrient and powerful antioxidant is required for the proper development and function of many body parts including bones, muscles and blood vessels.

In addition to taking the right supplements for you, practicing Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper’s 8 Steps to Get Cooperized will help lower your risk and susceptibility of getting sick. By exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and getting a proper amount of sleep, Cooper’s 8 Healthy Steps have shown to bolster your immune system and prepare you for the fight this flu season.

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