Updated 19 November 2015

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Scientists at Harvard in the US who study the link between the immune system and diseases such as HIV have found that there is some evidence that various micronutrient deficiencies, for example, deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E, alter immune responses in animals.

If you suspect your diet is not providing you with all your micronutrient needs – maybe you don’t like vegetables or you choose white bread over whole grains – taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement could not only could help strengthen your immunity, it also has a multitude of other health benefits.

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