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Vitamins for Sinus Problems & Energy

by
author image Jill Andrews
Jill Andrews began writing professionally for various online publications since 2009. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/nutrition from Memorial University in St.John's, Newfoundland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Vitamins for Sinus Problems & Energy
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Overview

Consuming a nutrient-rich diet prevents or alleviates problems with your sinuses or energy levels. Sinus problems may occur as infections, headaches, congestion, or wheezing. Many of these symptoms may be reduced or controlled by taking specific vitamins. Energy loss is also a problem for some people and is characterized by fatigue, weakness and lethargy. This may also be aided by consuming specific vitamins in your diet.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A may be helpful in treating sinus problems, such as sinus infections, according to MedlinePlus. This vitamin acts as an antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radical damage. Free radicals are foreign substances that can cause infection and disease in your body. In addition to a supplement, this vitamin can be found in a variety of foods. Good choices include carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B-12 plays an important role in energy metabolism, according to the National Institutes of Health. If you become deficient in this vitamin, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, loss of energy and loss of appetite. Animal foods are rich sources of vitamin B-12 including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products. Vegans and vegetarians need to be aware that this vitamin is not found in plant foods. However, some cereals and breads may be fortified with vitamin B-12. In addition, this vitamin can be found in a supplement form.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C may play a helpful role in preventing or treating sinus problems or energy loss. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C may help reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition characterized by fatigue, weakness, and loss of energy. The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that vitamin C help you increase endurance. Vitamin C can be obtained as a supplement or in the foods you eat. Good dietary sources include oranges, grapefruits, melons, strawberries, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin Cmay also be helpful in reducing symptoms of sinus problems. According to MedlinePlus, vitamin C may be helpful to combat the common cold. Symptoms of the common cold include headache, wheezing, postnasal drip and nasal congestion. These are common to sinus problems as well. Therefore, increasing your intake of this vitamin may help boost your immune system and provide protection against infections and other sinus difficulties.

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