Dr. Fauci is now a nationwide celebrity. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and member of the Coronavirus Task Force, Fauci is who many of us turn to for immunity advice.

Actress Jennifer Garner spoke to Dr. Fauci about protecting kids and what we can be doing to boost our own immunity. When asked if moms can be doing something to boost kids’ immunity, Fauci said, “The answer is to the dismay of many: No. So if a child is deficient…there are two vitamins that you should consider. For example, if you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements. The other vitamin that people take is vitamin C because it’s a good antioxidant. So if people want to take a gram or two at the most vitamin C, that would be fine. So vitamin C and vitamin D. Okay. Any of the other concoctions and herbs I would not do.”

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Fauci said a similar recommendation to actress Tiffany Haddish, ” You know, to be honest with you, Tiffany, the things that so-called ‘boost the immune system,’ when you do really good clinical studies, it doesn’t really help much unless you have some sort of a deficiency,” he told her via an Instagram chat. “Like if you’re vitamin D deficient, you just work hard all the time, you don’t get outside. Then taking vitamin D is good. If you want an antioxidant, vitamin C. But a lot of these herbs that claim to boost your immune system in so many respects, either do nothing, or, if you take too much of them, they harm you.”

The best way to boost immunity? According to Dr. Fauci, “The best way to keep your immune system’s good is to just lead a healthy life, get good sleep, exercise. Those are the things that are so much better than a bunch of herbs that really have never really been shown to do that.”

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