Many factors can challenge a healthy immune system including stress, exposure to toxic compounds, allergies, bacteria, viruses, irregular sleeping patterns and a poor diet. Our immune system needs many specific micronutrients, including vitamins A, D, C, E, B6, B12, folate, zinc, iron, copper, and selenium, which play vital, synergistic roles at every stage of the immune response. Adequate amounts of these micronutrients are essential to ensure the proper function of physical barriers and immune cells; however, daily micronutrient intakes necessary to support immune function may be higher than current recommended dietary allowances. Infection, stress, and pollution deplete micronutrient stores within the body. Supplementation with multiple micronutrients that have immune-supporting roles may improve immune function and reduce the risk of infection. Many natural products can help to boost your immunity and aid in preventing viral, bacteria, and fungal infections. For example:
- Maitake mushroom is a highly concentrated source of Beta-1-6 Glucan which supports the body’s first line of defense.
- Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants and help build antibodies.
- Melatonin may reduce the severity of an exaggerated inflammatory reaction.
- Astragalus is an herb that supports the immune system.
- Black elderberry serves as a source of anthocyanidins that are thought to have immune modulating effects.
- Probiotics can have significant beneficial effects through the activation of multiple immune mechanisms. The formulation of the probiotic is key.
- Vitamin D regulates the function of immune cells. D3 is the proper form for supplementation.
- Selenium is important for immune response.
Our professional pharmacy team can help your entire family strengthen their immune systems to reduce their risk of various types of infections. Ask our pharmacist to recommend professional quality supplements.
NOTE: While we always recommend supporting your immune system, DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS ARE ESSENTIAL.
- Wash your hands often.
- Stay home, even if you feel well.
- Use hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes if you must go out.
- Keep 6 feet of distance from others in public.
- Avoid non-essential contacts.
- Cancel non-essential travel.
- Follow WHO, CDC, and other guidelines.
- Take steps to reduce stress.
- Use your time at home productively, and enjoy those with whom you “Shelter at Home”.