Q: What can I do to improve my immunity levels during these stressful times?

We don’t have a cure for coronavirus, but we do have an immune system that we can take care of. It’s time that we helped ours do the best job it can.

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We might not know what works and what doesn’t against the coronavirus, but let’s work with what we do know – which is that a) it is a strain of the flu and b) it is deadly for people with a compromised immune system.

We’ve all dealt with the flu season many times in our lives and have a very good idea of how to prevent both ourselves and our families from contracting it. The least we can do right now is to not fall prey to the pandemic of fear that is being spread about this virus but to instead start putting our accumulated knowledge about warding off disease and viruses to use.

There are lots of great supplements that help with strengthening our immune system. You can stick to a good multivitamin but if you want a little bit of an extra boost then:

1. Take vitamin C. It’s one of the biggest immune system boosters of all.

2. Vitamin B6 is vital in supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system.

3. Resveratrol is a great antioxidant and improves the body’s immune response to infections. However, if you’re on any anti-coagulants or blood thinners, you should skip this one as it slows down blood clotting. People with hormone-sensitive conditions too should not take resveratrol because it has phytoestrogens. Those having regular medicines should check with their doctor for any contraindications.

4. Milk thistle helps to reduce inflammation and lower the allergic reaction. It naturally lowers sugars, so if you’re on diabetes medicines, consult your doctor before you take this. Pregnant women should not take it.

5. Elderberry extract is also a great supplement packed with vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties.

Coronavirus is a real threat to our health, but don’t let it be a threat to your peace of mind too. Remember that stress and lack of sleep weaken our immune system. So get plenty of rest and think of this forced time at home in the most positive light. None of the above will prevent or cure coronavirus but it will support your own immune system to mount a response against a virus.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.