Save up to 51% on the immunity-boosting supplements that Dr. Fauci recommends

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  • January 12, 2021

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As we all brave the eye of the storm that is the coronavirus pandemic, we’re doing our best to stay healthy by wearing masks, frequently washing our hands, getting our flu shots, social distancing, avoiding gatherings and staying in — but there’s another health precaution we should all be taking: our supplements. Immunity boosters can provide your body with the backup it needs to keep you healthy and give you more protection if you come in contact with COVID-19. They’ll also help you fight off viruses and infections that could weaken your immune system, which is an obvious no-no at the height of a pandemic.

While no supplements can specifically fight the coronavirus, equipping your body with an extra immunity boost can help your body do a better job at tackling the virus if you are exposed, and Doctors are recommending a slew of supplements right now. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, takes vitamin C and D to support his immune system. “If you’re deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. I would not mind recommending—and I do it myself—taking vitamin D supplements,” Dr. Fauci said during an Instagram Live interview with Jennifer Garner.

Other doctors recommend zinc, which can help fight respiratory infections, and elderberry, another upper respiratory hero supplement.

Want to boost your immunity? Amazon has a sale on top-rated immunity supplements with savings up to 51 percent off. Shop our top picks below.

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With a 4.8-star review from over 15,600 reviewers, this top-rated D vitamin supplement from trusted brand Nature’s Bounty is Fauci-approved.

“From what I have read, this helps boost your immune system to help fight off Covid-19,” writes a five-star reviewer. “As the saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ so I will continue to use these for peace of mind. Great supplements to take if you aren’t able to get enough sunlight during the day.”

Shop it: Vitamin D by Nature’s Bounty for Immune Support, $10 (was $18), amazon.com

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(Photo: Amazon)

Formulated for optimal absorption, this supplement with elderberry is not just great for immune support, it’ll improve your skin health too. It has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial to those with acne and related scarring. Plus, it has a 4.8-star rating from nearly 1,000 reviewers.

“I work as a nurse, sometimes taking care of Covid-19 patients,” writes a happy shopper. “I’ve made these a part of my daily vitamin regimen for immune system support.”

Shop it: New Chapter Fermented Zinc Complex, $13 (was $23), amazon.com

(Photo: Amazon)
(Photo: Amazon)

This potent blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs is an Amazon’s Choice product and has a 4.8-star review from over 5,500 reviewers.

“Between the months of November to March I was sick six times. I had more cold/flu days than healthy days. Everyone always said ‘you should take Airborne,’ and I would say ‘I take 2000mg of vitamin C a day and when I feel sick I take 3,000 and beat it.’ Since I have started taking Airborne [for one month] I have not been sick at all. This stuff works. I will never stop taking it,” says a rave reviewer.

Shop it: Airborne Vitamin C Very Berry Chewable Tablets, $10 (was $18), amazon.com

Zhou Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies (Photo: Amazon)
Zhou Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies (Photo: Amazon)

This antioxidant-rich supplement is formulated with Zinc and Vitamin C for a vitamin and mineral cocktail that gives your immune system a major leg-up. It has a 4.8-star rating from over 8,600 reviewers and is an Amazon’s Choice product.

Writes a five-star reviewer: “These elderberry immune gummies are sweet, chewy and delicious! The active ingredients (elderberry extract, vitamin C and zinc) are fantastic for the immune system and really help prevent and treat colds and other viral infections. This helped shorten my mom’s respiratory cold and helped completely stop mine before it turned into anything real. Elderberry is an incredibly healthy, immune-boosting powerhouse, and this product allows you to experience its benefits in a tasty way!”

Shop it: Zhou Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies, $9 (was $12), amazon.com

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Juice It Up! Charges Into 2021 With New Immunity-Boosting Products

Juice It Up! Charges Into 2021 With New Immunity-Boosting Products

  • January 5, 2021

Juice It Up!'s Expanded Immunity-Boosting Menu Lineup
Juice It Up!’s Expanded Immunity-Boosting Menu Lineup

Leading Smoothie, Superfruit Bowl & Raw Juice Chain Introduces Functional New Lineup

Juice It Up! Charges Into 2021 With New Immunity-Boosting ProductsIrvine, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, is charged up for the new year with the launch of its new immunity-boosting products, highlighted by the release of its “Mighty-C Immunity” and “The Supercharger” raw juices, available now through March 31. Committed to functional nutrition that aids in the health and wellness of every guest, the brand has also permanently added to the menu its immunity and antioxidant powerhouses, the Mighty-C Immunity Shot and the Superfruit Sunrise® Smoothie, the latter boasting 810% of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin C. Additionally, Juice It Up! has introduced a NEW Immunity Boost, featuring elderberry, echinacea, zinc, Vitamin D and other essential vitamins, which is included in the new Mighty-C Immunity and The Supercharger raw juices; it can also be used as a vitamin-packed add-on in any Juice It Up! smoothie, bowl or juice.

“It’s a new year to ‘Live Life Juiced,’ and menu innovation is at the forefront of our plans for 2021 with the introduction of new products and ingredients that not only taste great, but make our guests feel great, too,” said Susan Taylor, CEO of Juice It Up! “We design our products to be equally functional and flavorful so that they serve a purpose and help guests maintain their active and healthy lifestyle. And as we know, particularly these days, we can all use some extra boosts of vitamins and antioxidants, which is why we’re putting an even larger emphasis on our immunity-enhancing creations this year.”

Offering a fantastic foundation of Vitamin C, D and zinc, The Supercharger juice features apple, orange, carrot, pineapple, and red grapes while the Mighty-C Immunity juice combines orange, apple, pineapple, red grapes and ginger. Now permanent fixtures on the immunity menu, the Superfruit Sunrise® Smoothie, made with the tropical superfruit Acerola (ac·er·o·la), a berry which is known to aid in heart and eye health, regulate digestion and is also exceedingly rich in Vitamin C. Loaded with enzymes that help your body digest and absorb protein, the Mighty-C Immunity Shot is also a powerful sidekick to any raw juice, smoothie or bowl.

Along with the expansion of Juice It Up!’s immunity-boosting lineup, the brand has installed reengineered menu boards systemwide to help guests navigate products based on factors like product category and dietary preferences such as plant-based options to make the most educated menu choices. A variety of symbols have also been added to easily identify functional attributes, and all products highlighted in green are Juice It Up! fan favorites. Menu symbols include “Immunity” which highlights products that help boost and strengthen the body’s immune system, “Energy” identifying items designed to give the body an additional boost of strength and vitality, and “Fitness” which showcases products that will help your body recover pre-and post-workout.

Founded 26 years ago, Juice It Up! has earned a reputation for serving the best tasting smoothies, acai and superfruit bowls, and fresh raw juices in the industry. Always ahead of the trends, Juice It Up! is committed to keeping guests informed about the ingredients that go into their fresh creations, with a goal of helping them make educated decisions based on their personal tastes and wellness goals. The brand continues to be at the forefront of menu and product innovation to support these multi-purpose objectives.

Through January 24, Juice It Up! is hosting a “Live Life Juiced Challenge” for loyalty members via the brand’s mobile app, available for download in the Apple (iOS) and Google Play (Android) stores, which can be used to order ahead and pay, earn loyalty points and redeem rewards all from the convenience of your mobile device. Try two of the three featured immunity-boosting menu items (Superfruit Sunrise® Smoothie, The Mighty-C Immunity Juice and The Supercharger Juice) to earn a $3 bonus reward.

Available through March 31, the NEW Mighty-C Immunity Juice and The Supercharger Juice will be featured on Juice It Up!’s menu alongside fan-favorite juices, bowls and smoothies. All Juice It Up! products are available via carryout, order ahead, curbside pickup and third-party delivery through DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates in most locations. For the full menu and to find your nearest location visit www.juiceitup.com.

About Juice It Up!

Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, açaí bowl and raw juice chains, was founded in 1995 with headquarters in Irvine, Calif. Always ahead of the trends, Juice It Up! designs every menu item focused on equal parts flavor and functionality to offer products that not only taste great, but also support a healthy and active lifestyle. With over 100 locations open or under development across California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas, the company is showcasing a new restaurant design, a heavier focus on functional products and ingredient transparency, and a menu refresh that reflects the brand’s active personality and motto to “Live Life Juiced!” Juice It Up! was recently named a 2020 Top Mover & Shaker by Fast Casual, ranked a top Smoothies/Juices franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Annual Franchise 500® List, and named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Best Food Franchises and Top Franchises for Veterans. For more information about becoming a Juice It Up! franchise partner, visit www.juiceitupfranchise.com.

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Save up to 51% on the immunity-boosting supplements that Dr. Fauci recommends

Save up to 51% on the immunity-boosting supplements that Dr. Fauci recommends

  • January 4, 2021

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Not taking an immunity booster? Now’s the time to start. (Photo: Amazon)

As we all brave the eye of the storm that is the coronavirus pandemic, we’re doing our best to stay healthy by wearing masks, frequently washing our hands, getting our flu shots, social distancing, avoiding gatherings and staying in — but there’s another health precaution we should all be taking: our supplements. Immunity boosters can provide your body with the backup it needs to keep you healthy and give you more protection if you come in contact with COVID-19. They’ll also help you fight off viruses and infections that could weaken your immune system, which is a no-no at the height of a pandemic.

While no supplements can specifically fight the coronavirus, equipping your body with an extra immunity boost can help you better fight off the virus, and Doctors are recommending a slew of supplements right now. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, takes vitamin C and D to support his immune system. “If you’re deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. I would not mind recommending—and I do it myself—taking vitamin D supplements,” Dr. Fauci said during an Instagram Live interview with Jennifer Garner.

Other doctors recommend zinc, which can help fight respiratory infections, and elderberry, another upper respiratory hero supplement.

Want to boost your immunity? Amazon has a sale on top-rated immunity supplements with savings up to 51 percent off. Shop our top picks below.

(Photo: Amazon)
(Photo: Amazon)

With a 4.8-star review from over 15,600 reviewers, this top-rated D vitamin supplement from trusted brand Nature’s Bounty is Fauci-approved.

“From what I have read, this helps boost your immune system to help fight off Covid-19,” writes a five-star reviewer. “As the saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ so I will continue to use these for peace of mind. Great supplements to take if you aren’t able to get enough sunlight during the day.”

Shop it: Vitamin D by Nature’s Bounty for Immune Support, $10 (was $18), amazon.com

(Photo: Amazon)
(Photo: Amazon)

Formulated for optimal absorption, this supplement with elderberry is not just great for immune support, it’ll improve your skin health too. It has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial to those with acne and related scarring. Plus, it has a 4.8-star rating from nearly 1,000 reviewers.

“I work as a nurse, sometimes taking care of Covid-19 patients,” writes a happy shopper. “I’ve made these a part of my daily vitamin regimen for immune system support.”

Shop it: New Chapter Fermented Zinc Complex, $13 (was $23), amazon.com

(Photo: Amazon)
(Photo: Amazon)

This potent blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs is an Amazon’s Choice product and has a 4.8-star review from over 5,500 reviewers.

“Between the months of November to March I was sick six times. I had more cold/flu days than healthy days. Everyone always said ‘you should take Airborne,’ and I would say ‘I take 2000mg of vitamin C a day and when I feel sick I take 3,000 and beat it.’ Since I have started taking Airborne [for one month] I have not been sick at all. This stuff works. I will never stop taking it,” says a rave reviewer.

Shop it: Airborne Vitamin C Very Berry Chewable Tablets, $10 (was $18), amazon.com

Zhou Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies (Photo: Amazon)
Zhou Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies (Photo: Amazon)

This antioxidant-rich supplement is formulated with Zinc and Vitamin C for a vitamin and mineral cocktail that gives your immune system a major leg-up. It has a 4.8-star rating from over 8,600 reviewers and is an Amazon’s Choice product.

Writes a five-star reviewer: “These elderberry immune gummies are sweet, chewy and delicious! The active ingredients (elderberry extract, vitamin C and zinc) are fantastic for the immune system and really help prevent and treat colds and other viral infections. This helped shorten my mom’s respiratory cold and helped completely stop mine before it turned into anything real. Elderberry is an incredibly healthy, immune-boosting powerhouse, and this product allows you to experience its benefits in a tasty way!”

Shop it: Zhou Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies, $9 (was $12), amazon.com

Check out all of the savings that Amazon is offering on immunity boosting supplements — today only.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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Top Immunity-Boosting Tips From Experts To Watch Out For

  • December 14, 2020

Year Ender 2020: Top Immunity-Boosting Tips From Experts To Watch Out For

Year 2020 health: Turmeric and other spices became popular for boosting immunity

Highlights

  • Yearender2020health: Follow a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly and be physically active
  • Avoid smoking and drinking

It was in 2020 that talks about having a strong immune system increased massively. While the world was slowly coming to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was realised that having a strong body and immune system is an effective way to fight coronavirus once you’re infected with, or prevent catching it too. As part of year ender trends today, we are going to talk about the tips for immunity that gained momentum in 2020, and those that will continue to be hepful in 2021.

Year ender 2020: Immunity boosting tips that you must note

Nutritionists, doctors and even health experts are of the opinion that following a healthy lifestyle and staying physically active can together be effective in building your immunity. Additional assistance from nutrient supplements can be equally helpful.

Also read: Make These Age-Old Traditional Immunity-Boosters A Part Of Your Diet This Winter

Boosting immunity with food

According to nutritionist Rupali Datta, many people worked towards boosting immunity naturally with the help of food. “Intake of turmeric in the form of milk or turmeric tea, intake of zinc, through food or through supplements and intake of kadha made with different permutations and combinations, increased this year,” she tells DoctorNDTV.

The Delhi-based nutritionist adds that Vitamin D, Zinc and Vitamin C were the nutrients that were highlighted for boosting immunity. “Ayurvedic immunity-boosting remedies like Chyawanprash, amla, ancestral recipes of kadhas came back on the table,” she adds.

A common recipe kadha was boiling giloy, tulsi, cinnamon, raw turmeric, ginger, garlic, black pepper corn, cardamom, honey and nutmeg in water. As mentioned above, everyone had different recipes of preparing kadha as a natural immunity booster.

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Make your own kadha at home for giving a natural boost to immunity
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Also read: Immunity-Boosting Breakfast Ideas You Must Try To Stay Healthy

Immunity with supplements

Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids are some nutrients that were highlighted for boosting immunity. Dosage of these supplements differ from person to person.

“There are multiple studies suggesting that these supplements can help in building immunity. However, supplements alone will not help. You need to have a more holistic approach towards it. Eating a balanced diet and being physically active are also important,” says Dr Rommel Tickoo, Associate Director, Internal Medicine, Max Healthcare.

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“Vitamin D is particularly important. Its deficiency is also quite common because of lack of exposure to the sun. It should be taken in doses prescribed by the doctor. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be taken as they help in reducing inflammation and triglycerides levels, while also helping with immunity,” Dr Tickoo informs.

Immunity with lifestyle

It was in 2020 that the value of following a healthy lifestyle was appreciated and recognised. “A well-balanced diet comprising all major food groups, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, being physically active and exercising regularly, sleeping well, takin less stress, doing yoga and meditation for your mental wellness, can all contribute to a strong immunity,” says Dr Tickoo.

Many people quit smoking or took the decision to quit smoking this year. The same was with alcohol. These two habits can together wreak havoc on your immunity.

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Quitting smoking is important if you want a strong immunity
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Also read: Eat Right For Strong Immunity: Give A Nutritional Punch To Your Immune System With These Expert Tips

Immunity with fitness

The mention of immunity cannot go without the mention of fitness. A person who is fitter, stronger, leaner, more flexible with a good stamina is likely to have a strong immunity. Mumbai-based fitness trainer Vinod Channa, who has trained celebrities like John Abraham, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Shamita Shetty and Ritesh Deshmukh to name a few, says that many people took up fitness by connecting with nature. This helped them both physically and mentally.

“Cycling, running, walking and jogging were some exercises that people opted for during the lockdown. Stepping out to do these exercises also helped them connect with nature and reduce stress. This served the dual purpose of improving both physical and mental health,” says Channa.

Exercising regularly, along with eating foods rich in protein, healthy carbs, good fats and fibre can help in building a strong immunity. Avoid following no-carb or low-fat diets as they are restrictive in nature, says Channa.

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Regular exercise can help you have a strong immunity
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(Rupali Datta is Delhi-based clinical nutritionist based in Delhi)

(Dr Rommel Tickoo, Associate Director, Internal Medicine, Max Healthcare)

(Vinod Channa is a Mumbai-based celebrity fitness trainer)

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

Scientists Now Find Probiotics Are Evidence-Based Immunity-Boosting Remedies

Scientists Now Find Probiotics Are Evidence-Based Immunity-Boosting Remedies

  • December 14, 2020

According to researchers, these beneficial bacteria have been found to work wonders in giving the immune system a boost.

(Newswire.net — December 14, 2020) Orlando, FL — The importance of maintaining a healthy immune system should not be overlooked. According to experts, a weakened immune system makes the body susceptible to various infections and diseases.

Dat Tran, MD, suggests thinking of the immune system like the military.

Tran is an immunologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

“There are different branches that each serve a unique function in protecting the body,” he adds. 

It is the white blood cells that are considered to be the first line of defense. They are the first to recognize pathogens and combat infection.

There are various ways scientifically proven helpful in boosting immunity, and one is having a healthy lifestyle and positive motion.

According to research, optimism works wonders in making the immune system work better. It is similarly important to ensure good sleep as sleep deprivation can have negative impacts on immunity. 

It is worth mentioning that while the body encounters billions of germs on a daily basis, there are good bacteria that aid in maintaining good health.

In boosting immunity, scientists have actually long been investigating into some all-natural remedies like probiotics. 

According to researchers, these beneficial bacteria have been found to work wonders in giving the immune system a boost. Further, they have been able to demonstrate their ability to inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria.

The beneficial effects of these good bacteria on gut health are thought to be one of the major reasons why they are beneficial for immune system health. 

There are strains of probiotics found to promote the production of the body’s natural antibodies. Scientists even suggest these good bacteria can boost immune cells, such as the IgA-producing cells, T lymphocytes and natural killer cells.

In a large review involving intake of probiotics, it has been found their use decreased the odds and duration of respiratory infections. 

There have actually been various studies revealing the therapeutic goodness of these helpful bacteria. A study involving more than 570 children has even shown they lessened the frequency and severity of respiratory infections by 17 percent.

A weakened immunity has long been found to be more susceptible to various infections. This is why experts strongly recommend increasing intake of immunity-boosting remedies like probiotics.

One of the best sources of these good bacteria is Divine Bounty Digestive Enzymes.

Divine Bounty Digestive Enzymes contain 500 mg of digestive enzymes, namely lipase, amylase, invertase, Glucoamylase, papain, and bromelain. It even has prebiotics, and probiotics.

For every bottle, it offers 90 Vegetarian highly potent and pure capsules. (http://www.amazon.com/Digestive-Enzymes-Probiotics-90-Capsules/dp/B076MDX648).

About Divine Bounty

Divine Bounty is a family-owned brand that manufactures high-quality turmeric curcumin supplements. Passionate about the potential health benefits of turmeric, the team behind Divine Bounty have carefully researched and sourced only the best ingredients to create the ideal blend of turmeric curcumin. More details are available at http://www.DivineBounty.com.

Untrending: Kadha Tea Has No Proven Immunity-Boosting Powers

Untrending: Kadha Tea Has No Proven Immunity-Boosting Powers

  • December 14, 2020

In Untrending, we side-eye the latest fads so we know what we’re getting ourselves into — and what (if anything) we’re getting out of them.


All Indian children have had the misfortune of being forced to chug kadha — a decoction of herbs and spices that tasted bad enough to seem incredibly healthy. Or at least, that’s what our mothers and grandmothers told us. And now — in 2020 — the Indian AYUSH Ministry (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) has followed suit, claiming that kadha is an immunity-booster that prevents Covid19.

It’s not. There’s no scientific evidence that proves kadha’s ingredients can boost immunity and prevent illness — let alone prevent Covid19 specifically.

Made of basil, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and occasionally turmeric, kadha‘s origins lie in ancient Ayurveda, an Indian alternative medicine system. The beverage’s many benefits allegedly include getting rid of cold, flu, and cough, easing menstrual flushes, boosting immunity, anti-aging and improving skin. As of now, no scientific research has examined the efficacy of kadha’s exact formulation. One 2020 pre-print of a study does find kadha is capable of boosting the immune system and preventing hypertension and diabetes. However, this study can’t be taken conclusively because first, it’s only one study and second, fellow scientists did not peer review it to check for errors.

With respect to herbal teas in general: A paper published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine states that herbal teas contain natural bioactive compounds. “A wealth of available scientific evidence demonstrates that natural bioactive compounds render a number of diversified biological effects, such as antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiinflammatory, antiallergic, antithrombotic and vasodilatory actions, as well as antimutagenicity, anticarcinogenicity and antiaging effects,” it states. However, this scientific evidence is mostly observational. A review of more than 21 studies published in Plant Foods for Human Nutrition concludes there’s simply not enough quality research to draw conclusions about the safety and clinical efficacy of herbal teas.


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There’s No Such Thing as a Superfood


The individual ingredients in kadha are often called ‘superfoods’ due to their high nutrition content, even though this nomenclature has long been debunked. The ingredients in kadha — basil, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and turmeric — all supposedly have immunity-boosting, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory capabilities. But studies into these properties are either small or do not involve human beings. For instance, a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial reported increased immunity in people after they took 300mg of basil leaf extract daily for a month. But, that study involved only 24 people.

Another study of cinnamon’s efficacy in improving blood glucose levels involved 60 people only. A comprehensive analysis of black pepper concludes the spice has health benefits — but only in tests on animals. Only ginger and turmeric have several trials involving humans, but these, too, fall prey to small populations and unstandardized practices, according to scientists who have comprehensively studied both ingredients. This makes it difficult to conclusively say that these ingredients will always deliver benefits when consumed.

While these ingredients are safe and harmless to consume, several doctors have cautioned against drinking kadha too often — especially during the immunity-boosting frenzy in the initial months of the Covid19 pandemic. Drinking kadha more than once daily could lead to side effects like, “excessive bleeding, digestive issues, acidity, problems in urinating, boils in the mouth, bleeding from the nose,” according to dietician Meher Bakshi in an interview with the Indian Express.

“It is unfortunate to see people putting themselves at the other health risks in the name of consuming immunity boosters. Overconsumption of products such as ashwagandha, kadha (concoctions), and chyawanprash among others is leading to digestion problems and other health issues,” Dr. Gaurav Jain, an internal medicine consultant, told The Print.

“Rather than an increase in the number of patients with heartburn, I have noticed worsening of symptoms in some of my patients with gastro-esophageal reflux who consume kadha in large amounts,” Dr. Avnish Seth, director of gastroenterology and hepatobiliary sciences at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, told the Indian Express.

As of now, kadha is merely a herbal beverage and nothing more. But, though kadha may not have ideal scientific proof on its side, its ingredients exhibit some potential that can be harnessed via the right clinical trial and testing procedures. Till then, it shouldn’t be too hard to consume it in moderation, considering how awful it tastes.

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Practice these immunity-boosting asanas for good health

  • December 12, 2020
By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

December 12, 2020 9:10:52 am





yoga poses, indianexpress, immunityMake sure you incorporate yoga in your life for building immunity. (Source: Samantha Akkineni/Instagram)

The world has undergone a cataclysmic change. The virus has not only affected the demography of the world but also the human mind giving rise to fear, disillusionment, nightmares and insecurity, says Paloma Gangopadhyay, celebrity yoga instructor and meditation expert. She adds that one way to fight back the virus is by maintaining good health, strong mind and strong immunity.

“However, building a strong mental focus is as important as boosting immunity. Below is a list of five asanas that you must practise every day to up your immunity levels and also improve focus,” she tells indianexpress.com.

 Standing bow pose or dandayamana dhanurasana: This asana is the key to good health.

*It stimulates the cardiovascular system
*Increases blood circulation to the heart and lungs
*Opens diaphragm and the shoulder joints
*Improves the elasticity of the spine, thus reducing stress and rigid movement
*Improves strength and balance by firming the abdominal wall and upper thighs while also tightening the upper arms, hips and buttocks
*Increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and lungs and improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine
*Also helps your mind to focus more effectively and reduces stress

Triangle posture or Trikonasana

“This posture helps improve strength, stamina and concentration level. It opens up the major joints of the body and stretches it, in turn, providing agility and increasing the blood supply to the lungs. It also relieves stress and improves digestion,” she says.

Yog Nidra

This posture promotes deep rest and relaxation. It calms the nervous system, leading to less stress and better functioning of all the organs. Yog nidra also helps manage insomnia, burnout, depression and a weak immune system.

Camel posture or Ustrasana

Ustrasana must be regularly practised to ensure that respiration is improved. It extends the chest and lungs, improving lung capacity. It enables more oxygen supply to the body.It is a very important posture increasing the immunity level of the body.

Eagle pose or Garudasana 

This is a beautiful balancing asana which ensures fresh blood flow throughout the entire body by squeezing the pressure points. The points of pressure in the legs and arms boost circulation and release toxins. Focusing on breathing is very important during the practice of this posture.

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Chobani doubles down on probiotics as consumers seek immunity-boosting products

Chobani doubles down on probiotics as consumers seek immunity-boosting products

  • December 10, 2020

Chobani helped make Greek yogurt a household staple for millions of Americans. Now, the dairy giant is turning to the probiotics segment, which is already in high demand during the pandemic as shoppers seek out immunity-boosting offerings.

The company is rolling out this month Chobani Probiotic Cups in blueberry, vanilla, strawberry and peach flavors, and yogurt drinks in raspberry acai, blueberry pomegranate and passion orange guava. Chobani also is expanding in the kids space with Little Chobani Probiotics that will be available in pouches and drinks.

Chobani is no stranger to probiotics, but until recently hasn’t done much to publicize its activity in the segment. Its popular Greek yogurts, which have been on the market since 2008, contain billions of probiotics per serving. Last summer, the company introduced plant-based drinks called Chobani Probiotics with flavors such as pineapple turmeric and peach mint. It also debuted Chobani Complete, a product line that contains high amounts of probiotics, but is largely geared to consumers interested in consuming more protein. 

“Our hope is that we’re bringing more people into the yogurt category,” said Peter McGuinness, president of Chobani. “As we build that yogurt portfolio, I want to make sure we’re answering all the needs out there.” 

Chobani has spent several years working to understand the impact probiotics have on human health, he said. The yogurt maker’s goal is to change how people use the microorganism. Instead of taking probiotics for a specific problem, people could consume them for several preventative reasons such as boosting their immune system, helping with digestion and improving gut health.

Chobani Probiotic, which contains a mix of four probiotics, is designed for millennials and Gen Zers who may not know much about the microorganism but want to include more of it in their diet. It would compete against Danone’s Activia brand, which is often associated with an older demographic, Chobani said. One thing conspicuously missing from Chobani Probiotic’s marketing: the fact that it’s a Greek yogurt.


“Our hope is that we’re bringing more people into the yogurt category. As we build that yogurt portfolio, I want to make sure we’re answering all the needs out there.”

Peter McGuinness

President, Chobani


McGuinness said Chobani wanted to market the new cups and drinks as a product that shoppers would turn to explicitly because they are interested in consuming more probiotics. The fact that the yogurt is Greek-style “is implicit” because Chobani is synonymous with the category already, he said.  

A 2019 study by U.S. and European researchers found probiotic consumption can reduce flu-like sickness, which results in the need for 2.2 million fewer antibiotic prescriptions, more than 54 million fewer sick days annually and averting $919 million in productivity losses each year.

Probiotics are being incorporated in other yogurt products, and they’re appearing in Kellogg’s Special K Nourish line, as well as in tea, coffee, baked goods, ice cream, granola and bars. General Mills partnered last year with GoodBelly on a probiotic-infused cereal.

The probiotics market has been popular for years, but these and other functional ingredients have gained momentum during the pandemic as consumers look to eat healthier and keep a closer watch on what goes into their bodies. According to a survey cited by Chobani, 60% of consumers say supporting their immune system will continue to be important after the coronavirus has abated. Chobani started working on its Chobani Probiotic Cups and Drinks about 18 months ago, well before the pandemic took hold.

 

 

“It’s more serendipitous that these have immune-boosting ability now that that’s on people’s minds,” McGuinness said.   

BCC Research projected in January that the probiotics market should reach $69.1 billion by 2024 from $48.4 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% for the forecast period of 2019 to 2024.

Chobani has come to dominate the yogurt scene with its popular Greek variety — now the biggest subset in the broader $7.7 billion yogurt category, according to Nielsen. While the segment remains far and away the biggest revenue generator for the New York dairy company, Chobani has moved aggressively in recent years to innovate in yogurt by expanding the reasons why consumers would want to eat it.

Chobani has rolled out yogurts blended with nut butters, a children’s yogurt, a variety made from plants, a lactose-free Greek yogurt, products made with oats, and its first foray into milks and creamers.

Chobani expanded further into oats on Thursday with Chobani Oat Zero Sugar, a drink that taps into consumers’ growing interest in cutting consumption of the sweetener. One common factor in all these extensions: The company purposely included the Chobani name in the product offerings, a factor rooted in the positive perception people have over the brand name and its quality, McGuinness said.

The new children’s line marks a shift for Chobani in kids yogurt. The dairy company’s first aggressive push into children’s yogurt came in 2018 with Chobani Gimmies, which have a range of child-friendly flavors such as Poppin’ Cotton Candy, Best Birthday Ever and Ooey Gooey S’More. Cartoon characters adorn the products.

Instead of creative names and cartoon drawings, the Little Chobani Probiotics drinks and pouches will have more traditional packaging that touts the probiotics and their benefit to immunity and tummy health — a message more aligned with Chobani’s focus on better-for-you food. The design is geared to resonate with parents who will buy the products for their children.

McGuinness said Chobani currently plans to keep Chobani Gimmies on the market, along with Little Chobani Probiotics. “Fow now we are. It may migrate out,” he said. “We’ll see how they do.”

How To Increase Immunity-Second Most Trending Query On Google This Year: 9 Immunity-Boosting Drinks

How To Increase Immunity-Second Most Trending Query On Google This Year: 9 Immunity-Boosting Drinks

  • December 10, 2020

The year 2020 was riddled with challenges that none of us could have anticipated. A tiny virus brought the whole world to a standstill; lockdowns and social distancing became essential to sustain life. Masks, sanitisers, immunity became the buzzwords of the year, and we were left with no choice but to adapt to the ‘new normal’. According to the Google Year In Search 2020 (a yearly review published by Google), Indians were constantly searching for ways to improve their immunity this year. “How To Increase Immunity” secured the second spot in the “How To” section, right after “How To Make Paneer”, followed by “How To Make Dalgona Coffee”.

Immunity is your body’s natural defence against disease-causing microorganisms. While immunity cannot be built in a day, you can work towards strengthening it by eating clean and following a healthy lifestyle. 

Here are some immunity-boosting drinks that we swore by this year:

1. Ginger Tea
Ginger is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Its volatile oils are known to manage cold, cough and flu effectively. Consume hot, for instant relief. Click here for the recipe.

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Ginger is packed with antioxidants

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2. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric’s active compound curcumin is said to work wonders as a natural immunity booster. Haldi is also super-rich in anti-inflammatory properties, which could help soothe all discomfort tied to viral and bacterial infections. Click here for the recipe.

3. Amla Juice
Did you know that 100 grams of amla contain 20 times more vitamin C than oranges of same quantity?! Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radical activity that often hampers immunity. 

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Amla is a good source of Vitamin C

4. Giloy Kadha
Giloy is an Ayurvedic herb that works as a wonderful immunity booster, owing to its rich package of antioxidants. Also known as guduchi, it is antipyretic (reduces fever), anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation caused by chronic infections) etc.

5. Green Tea
According to various studies, green tea has the potential to increase the number of ‘regulatory T cells’ that play a key role in boosting immune function and suppressing risk of infection. If you consume it without milk and sugar, it is a zero-calorie drink that you could add to your diet. Click here to know the right method of making green tea.

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6. Black Pepper Tea
Your regular tea with a hint of black pepper could not only provide instant relief to your scratchy throat but could also possibly declog your nose. Black pepper is again loaded with antioxidants that help prevent oxidative stress and premature ageing of cells. Click here for the recipe.

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7. Garlic Tea
Garlic tea may sound a bit odd since you mostly use garlic to flavour curries and sauces, but you can also brew garlic in tea and enjoy its healing, anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic could help boost the number of virus-fighting T Cells in your system.

How many of these remedies did you try this year? Do let us know in the comment section below.

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

2021 food marketing: Immunity-boosting claims here to stay

2021 food marketing: Immunity-boosting claims here to stay

  • December 9, 2020

Last month I wrote about 5 deceptive food-marketing buzzwords that have been around for a while. With our unique situation this year due to COVID-19, the supplement, food, and beverage industries have been capitalizing off of some newer marketing trends and buzzwords that will likely continue to gain popularity in 2021, but will they help you to fight off the virus? Let’s take a look at a few of these growing trends.

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Immunity Boosting

According to The Business Research Company’s Immunity Boosting Food Products Market Global Report 2020-30: Covid 19 Implications And Growth, the growing demand for immunity-boosting foods and beverages during the COVID-19 pandemic is driving the immunity-boosting food products market size. The global immunity-boosting food products market is expected to grow from $830 billion in 2019 to more than $1 trillion by 2023.

Just as quickly as we all became concerned with the ability of our immune system to fight off COVID-19, the market became ready and willing to prey upon those fears. Regardless of how little evidence there is for “immune boosting” food and beverage products to aid the immune system in fighting off the virus, there is no shortage of claims and implications that these products are going to do just that.

Of course, an overall balanced diet can help to support your immune system, but to claim that a specific food or beverage can “boost” the immune system is not only not evidence based, but wouldn’t actually be beneficial. After all, a “boosted” immune system is what happens with autoimmune conditions where the body essentially attacks itself. “Immune support” is another way it can be worded, but that means about as much as “superfood,” which essentially means nothing except that you’ll be shelling out more money for the same product with the addition of a trendy marketing label.


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Functional Ingredients

Again, due to the pandemic, consumers are increasingly preferring foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc. While vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to a weakened immune system, the mere addition of specific vitamins and minerals to a food or beverage does not mean that it will help to strengthen the immune system. As Whole Foods states in its annual Top 10 Food Trend list, “The lines are blurring between the supplement and grocery aisles, and that trend will accelerate in 2021. That means superfoods, probiotics, broths and sauerkrauts.”

Adaptogens are another “functional ingredient” to look out for. While the claims are vast for these magical mushroom powders, the evidence is lacking. Perhaps the claim that they can help to “restore balance” is especially appealing right now with so much uncertainty and lack of balance in our lives during this time, but the claims are severely overreaching. Even if there is some evidence for a specific adaptogen at a specific dose, chances are that it’s not going to be added to a food or beverage product in any significant amount. Foods and beverages typically only contain small amounts of these expensive ingredients in order to be able to state “adaptogens” on the front, but the consumer would have no idea how much is actually even in the product, and it’s likely not that much.


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Gut Health

The global digestive health products market is expected to grow from $31.2 billion in 2017 to $59.3 billion by 2025. The link between gut health and the immune system has made consumers more aware of it, again largely due to the emphasis on a healthy immune system this year. Although this is an exciting area of research, much like adaptogen and immunity boosting claims, gut health and microbiome claims are largely overstated.

There has been a lot of hype around the health benefits of prebiotics and probiotics in recent years, but several reviews suggest there needs to be further research on which strains and dosages are effective. The growing popularity of untested and unregulated therapies based in microbiome research, such as prebiotics, probiotics and DIY fecal transplants, could pose health threats to the public. One example of an unsubstantiated marketing claim regarding gut health is from back in 2010 with the Activia commercials starring Jamie Lee Curtis, where she talked about how Activia yogurt kept her “regular.” The Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation, and Dannon paid $21 million in a settlement for false statements. It turns out that studies of Activia generally show that it does absolutely nothing to help your digestive system. The issue is that it can take years from false claims like this being made until something is done about it. By then, a lot of the damage has already been done.

The issue isn’t necessarily that these food and beverage products are unsafe, but if a consumer is purchasing something based off of specific health claims that actually aren’t backed by evidence, they could be forgoing effective diet changes or treatments.

So, as we move into the new year and as the uptick of wellness trends and post-holiday marketing campaigns seek to take advantage of well meaning consumers, just be aware of these new marketing trends. There is no miracle product, and no amount of kombucha can replace an overall balanced diet and COVID-19 precautionary measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing, staying home, washing your hands, and getting the vaccine once it’s available. Here’s to hoping for a 2021 with less COVID-19 and more science literacy.

 

Food Science Babe is the pseudonym of an agvocate and writer who focuses specifically on the science behind our food. She has a degree in chemical engineering and has worked in the food industry for more than decade, both in the conventional and in the natural/organic sectors.

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