It starts with just a little tickle. That’s the moment you know – you’re about to experience the discomfort of a sore throat, stuffy nose and non-stop sneezing for the next six days. I hate that feeling – we all hate that feeling.
This time of year, there are plenty of germs to go around. That’s why it’s important to be proactive about protecting yourself, by washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with shared surfaces.
Your body’s immune system is actually a complex network of various cells, so anything you can do to support their healthy function is like an insurance policy against having to use up all your sick days. Healthy habits – like getting adequate sleep and filling your plate with nutrient-rich foods – are extremely important.
Supplements can also lend a helping hand, especially when your diet isn’t exactly perfect and the stress of the upcoming holiday season has you feeling run down.
My top supplement picks for immune support include:
Vitacost Vitamin C: When you first feel that tickle in your throat, your mind probably turns to vitamin C. That’s because this vitamin has powerful antioxidant properties and has a long-standing reputation for helping to support immune health and fighting off free radicals.* Instead of gulping down glass after glass of O.J., turn to the convenience of this supplement, which provides 1,000 mg of this important nutrient.
Vitacost Echinacea: You’ve probably heard of this herb for its potential to support immune health and respiratory function. This supplement features 1,200 mg of Echinacea purpurea per serving, the most extensively studied species derived from a beautiful, North American flower.
Vitacost Sambucus Nigra: If you or your children balk at the prospect of taking pills, you’ll be glad to know that elderberry extract (also known as Sambucus nigra) is available in syrup form. Unlike the popular cough medicine many people take when they’re already ill, it’s actually delicious and it’s packed with antioxidant power. Simply take it by the spoonful to get all the benefits of fresh black elderberries.
Vitacost EpiCor Complex: This one is pretty interesting – there’s a special type of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to be exact) that may support immune function in healthy individuals. We took this natural yeast and combined it with other immune-supporting ingredients to create a multi-functional wellness formula. In addition to 500 mg of dried yeast, each serving provides 100 mg of vitamin C; 2,000 IU of vitamin D3; 15 mg of zinc and 200 mcg of selenium.
Vitacost Wellness Season Formula: When it comes to all-around support, Wellness Season is a secret weapon. This all-natural combination supplement packs a powerful immune-supporting punch, with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more than 20 different herbs, including garlic, bee propolis, Echinacea and elderberry.*
Immune support isn’t usually something we think about until we’re already sick, but by taking extra steps to protect, nourish and support our body’s natural defenses year-round, we can give ourselves the best chance to fight back.
Stay well this season!