Clear skin only gets harder to maintain when your immune system is in bad shape, as is often the case when you catch a cold or other illness. Your body uses up many resources trying to combat harmful bacteria and repair itself, and your skin can sometimes take a toll. Supplying yourself with plenty of the right vitamins and minerals can help overcoming these situations easier.
With clear skin or any other ailment, your first goal should always be prevention. A well-balanced daily multivitamin will usually help by providing all the essential vitamins and minerals that your diet may be lacking. However, vitamins alone will not always prevent you from catching a cold. A good supply of antioxidants usually helps, and in this case one of the best vitamins to take is vitamin A. Besides being a very strong antioxidant, vitamin A has antiviral properties that are helpful with combating a cold or flu. Taking an extra vitamin A supplement during the winter is a good idea, but do be careful with your dosage. Vitamin A can become toxic a high levels, so keep your intake to 1-2 extra supplements per day and reduce it if you notice any unwanted side effects. Vitamin A is also very good for your skin, assisting both in eliminating toxins and regulating your oil glands.
Vitamin C’s benefits for cold relief are well known, although sometimes exaggerated. While vitamin C may not necessarily prevent a cold, its use can noticeably speed recovery time from cold symptoms. In order to really see the benefits of supplementation, you will need to take at least 400 mg of vitamin C per day, and often more. Thankfully, since vitamin C is water-soluble, there are no dangerous side effects from high doses. Combined with vitamin B5, vitamin C has been shown to be especially helpful in boosting your immune system and speeding healing. For best results, you should start taking vitamin C at the first sign of any cold symptoms.
The mineral zinc has also been shown to aid in recovery from cold symptoms. The exact method by which zinc prevents the progression of cold symptoms is still unknown, but zinc has long been known as one of the most powerful antibacterial minerals, and research shows a direct correlation between supplementation with zinc lozenges and the length and frequency of colds.