During illness the body is under stress. Cells are destroyed, exhausted adrenal glands deprived of nutrients are unable to function properly, and the body's stress-fighting team of vitamin C, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid is severely depleted. Zinc and vitamin C are also needed in greater amounts. Because fever and stress rob our body of its most essential nutrients, the importance of supplements is self-evident. Unless otherwise indicated, all supplements should be taken with food.