Best supplements for winter: Six vitamins and minerals that could help boost your immunity

What we do know is several nutrients are required to support the immune system which include vitamins A, C, D E and minerals such as selenium and zinc, said Rob Hobson, registered nutritionist at Healthspan. He added: “The BMJ Research suggests that ensuring a good intake of these nutrients may help to prevent respiratory infections and lessen the time taken to recover.”

So how much of these nutrients do we need?

Findings from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) have shown that gaps do exist in the diet for some of the key nutrients required to support immunity.

Understanding the importance of these nutrients and where to find them in the diet can help to ensure a good intake.

Vitamin A

UK recommended daily allowance (RDA) = 700mg a day for men and 600mg a day for women..

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