Staying healthy while trying to conceive is cornerstone. Many of the same nutrients that optimize fertility also support the immune system. Proper sleep, water and eating a healthy diet is important for immune function and overall health and well-being. Some of the nutrients listed below are vital for the proper functioning of the immune system.

Vitamin B6: A deficiency in Vitamin B6 may depress antibodies and cell immunity.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, improves the integrity of the mucous membranes, improves function of the immune system, and increases thymic hormone secretion (from the thymus gland, which produces T-cells)

Vitamin D: supports immune response overall

Vitamin A: Vitamin A is anti-viral, enhances white blood cells (WBC) activity, and also improves antibody response. Vitamin A is also crucial for maintenance of the mucosa (think: the lining of the respiratory passages)

Vitamin E: improves cell immunity and antibody immunity

Zinc: Zinc inhibits viruses, it is required for proper function of WBC, protects the body against oxidation, and it is a necessary nutrient for proper function of the thymus gland

Selenium: stimulates the function of the thymus gland, increases WBC proliferation, and it is an antioxidant

Most of these foods come in a diet rich in whole foods, organic fruits and vegetables and l high-quality lean proteins. Are you getting enough immune boosting nutrients from your diet?