Diet & Your Immune System

To maintain optimum immune function an adequate dietary intake of carbohydrate, protein and specific micronutrients including vitamins A, C, E, B6 and B12, and iron, zinc, copper and selenium are needed.

Higher doses of these nutrients have not been shown to offer any advantage over what can be provided by a well-chosen diet. Current opinion is that athletes should invest in nutrient-rich foods and fluids that provide energy, a wide range of vitamins, minerals and other important substances, such as phyto-chemicals, found naturally in foods.

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