Should You Take Immune Boosters if You Are Immunocompromised?

I miss the time when my incredible army of immune cells protected me against infections, healed my wounds and helped me recover from a common cold. My soldiers, instead of defending me, started to attack the healthy tissues of my joints, eyes, digestive system, lungs, and other organs (otherwise called autoimmunity). A rebel army took over, causing Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and possibly Celiac Disease. I needed to defeat my own immune army by taking them down with immunosuppressants to survive with my autoimmune conditions. So, when the cold and flu season rolls around, do I really want to “boost” my immune system?

Every year we get bombarded with ads telling us how to boost our immune systems with this food or that supplement, it can be overwhelming! With the added concern of the Covid-19 pandemic this cold and flu season, you might be wondering Do these immune boosters really work?

The answer is not a simple yes or no, so I am here to clear up some of the truths and myths about boosting your immunity.

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