Vitamins and Supplements For the Immune System
Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against harmful viruses, bacteria, and foreign substances. There are many things that you can do to protect your body, especially when susceptibility to illness can increase during the winter. Here are a few vitamins and supplements that will help strengthen your immune system!
General Support for Your Immune System
Vitamin D is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that the body can absorb from sunlight or from select foods. What role does Vitamin D play during the winter season? Vitamin D is involved in many cellular processes in your body including immune activity. During the wintertime, most people get less exposure to sunlight which can cause the body’s natural defenses to weaken. Do your best to make sure your family avoids Vitamin D deficiency this winter! Add Vitamin D-rich foods to your diet like salmon or trout. Not a fan of fish? Start taking Young Living’s Omegagize supplement daily. One serving provides 120% of the recommended daily value!
Echinacea is a popular herb known to be a remedy for the common cold and other health issues. This flowering plant is packed with antioxidants, protecting cells against oxidative stress. Echinacea has also been studies for its anti-inflammatory properties. The benefits can be enjoyed in the form of supplement capsules or tea.
Elderberry has been used historically for health benefits and culinary purposes. The Elder tree is a flowering shrub that produces white elderflowers and blue or black elderberries. These berries contain several antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that have made the berries an ideal choice for immune support. Several studies have even found that elderberries help reduce cold-like symptoms. To enjoy the benefits, make sure to try incorporating elderberry syrup as raw elderberries can cause negative effects including nausea and abdominal cramps.
One of the most important immune-supporting minerals is Zinc. The body requires Zinc to ensure proper development of immune cells and to maintain many other physiological functions. Feel a cold coming on? Some studies suggest that supplementation of Zinc within 24 hours can shorten the length of your cold. Enjoy Zinc-rich foods like meat, shellfish, legumes, and seeds to make sure your body is getting enough of this mineral. Young Living’s Immupro provides 45% of the recommended daily value.
Vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamin supplements. This powerful antioxidant cannot be produced by the body which means you must get it from your diet or additional supplementation. While Vitamin C has not been shown to reduce the risk of getting a cold, it can reduce the duration and severity of colds. Young Living’s Super C™ chewable tablets contain 250 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving! Super C also combines pure Orange essential oil with a proprietary blend of camu camu, acerola, cherry, and rose hip fruit powder to create a powerful, immune-supporting supplement. Together, these premium ingredients deliver desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C in a convenient chewable tablet.
Did you know that 70-80% of your immune system is housed in your gut? Healthy gut microflora can make a huge difference as you are trying to decrease your body’s vulnerability to viruses. Probiotics are microorganisms that maintain and restore beneficial bacteria to your digestive tract. You will learn more about Young Living’s high-quality probiotic supplements in a later post!
Magnesium is a mineral that is involved in hundreds of processes and functions in your body. It’s relation to inflammation and the body’s immune response alone emphasize the importance of eating Magnesium-rich foods. Some great sources are pumpkin seeds, spinach, dark chocolate, swiss chard, and black beans.
Products Designed to Support Your Immune System
Daily Prebiotic Fiber™ Powder
ImmuPro Chewable Tablets
Super C Chewable Tablets
Super C Tablets
Super Cal Plus
This post first appeared in the Young Living Training and Education Group