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10 Vegan Astaxanthin Supplements to Boost Exercise Tolerance

  • July 31, 2020

If you haven’t heard of astaxanthin, don’t worry! Even though this antioxidant has been around for as long as you want to look backward, it’s relatively new to hit the research world.

With that said, turns out that this potent antioxidant may be incredibly important for our overall health!

Astaxanthin is sourced from bright red microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis. It “bioaccumulates in organisms that eat it, and it is responsible for the pink to reddish hue of krill, shrimp, salmon, and even flamingos.”

So, what’s great about Astaxanthin?

It’s an incredibly protective antioxidant and studies have found that it “provides significantly greater antioxidant protection than the carotenoids [including] beta carotene, lycopene, and lutein, [as well as] alpha-tocopherol.” This means that Astaxanthin is more equipped than other antioxidants at “protecting cellular membranes” and “eliminating free radicals.”

Along with protecting your body from harmful free radicals, Astaxanthin has been found to improve heart, skin, and brain health, relieve joint pain, and can even boost your vision. Yet, the most recent research discovered that Astaxanthin may have powerfully positive health benefits on cardiac health, which in turn boosts athletic and exercise performance.

If you’re itching to get your daily dose of Astaxanthin, but you’re also a strict plant-based eater then you’ll want to look at supplements! While this antioxidant is sourced from microalgae, the food industry hasn’t quite gotten around to providing it as a consumable at your local grocery store.

Therefore, here are a few of microalgae-based Astaxanthin supplements!

1. BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin

BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin

BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin/

This BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin is a great supplement to give a try! The astaxanthin is sourced from non-GMO, microalgae that is naturally grown on a certified GMP facility farm in Kona, Hawaii. They promise high-quality, farm to bottle product and offer one of the most potent doses of astaxanthin with 12-milligrams per serving! This product is verified all-natural, pesticide-free, herbicide-free, and gluten-free! A 75-capsule bottle costs $38.99.

Mary Krieger Chalaire says “I’ve been in excruciating pain for 19 years. Yes, you read that right. I’ve had 2 knee replacements and multiple surgeries and nothing and I mean nothing has eased any of my pain. I don’t even know how I stumbled on this. I guess it’s a God wink. I take 1 a day with lunch. It took a good 2 weeks to kick in. I can say I have NO PAIN anywhere in my body. I went to my doctor on June 18, 2019 and was taken off of 4 medications. I am also doing no, carb no sugar diet to lower A1C and I feel like I’m 20 years younger. Everyone I see says that I’m glowing I wire my pain on my face. No hiding it. I’m 69 and I’ll never be without Bio Astin. Never!!!!! I also take 1 dropper of CBD OIL. I guess the combo may be the answer. I don’t know but I’m telling you to buy this and never stop taking it. Everyone has a different way something kicks in, if ever. Don’t give up. Thank You, Lord Jesus. I’m not getting paid or received anything for this review. This is my own words.”

2. Sports Research Vegan Astaxanthin with Organic Coconut Oil

Sports Research Vegan Astaxanthin with Organic Coconut Oil

Sports Research Vegan Astaxanthin with Organic Coconut Oil/

What’s so great about this Sports Research Vegan Astaxanthin with Organic Coconut Oil? Yes, it’s vegan, but it’s also mixed with a unique blend of cold-pressed, organic fat-rich coconut oil, which increases the absorbency and effectiveness of this antioxidant! Plus, this astaxanthin is also purely sourced from microalgae — meaning it’s 100 percent vegan-friendly! — and it’s free of GMO’s and gluten. A 60-capsule bottle costs $24.95.

STUBBS says “This is my favorite brand of Astaxanthin. I am a tow truck driver and my body gets real sore and feels like it is beat up from the long hours and physical work. I noticed that taking Astaxanthin makes the pain go way down. I first started taking it when I learned it powerful as an antioxidant. But I noticed that it not only gave me the antioxidant results of not getting nailed by colds, but it made my body go from an always painful state to just sore. I did a little research and found that people with all kinds of muscle and nerve problems have the same result. I have tried 6 brands now and Sports Research is my favorite. Some are fishy tasting and come back on you like cheap fish oil supplements. Sports Research brand only has a coconut taste and smell from an occasional burp. Also, because they use the highest quality AstaReal brand harvested astaxanthin I know it is not loaded with toxins. I also notice being in far less pain with Sports Research brand, I assume because of their pairing it with coconut oil for better absorption. I have tried other brands instead 3 times to save $5 or $6 and each time notice the lessened effect on my body. I am staying with Sports Research brand from here on out.”

3. Deva Vegan Astaxanthin

Deva Vegan Astaxanthin

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Deva is a great brand if you’re looking for trustworthy vegan supplements! They are also one of the few vegan brands offering astaxanthin. This Deva Vegan Astaxanthin sources its astaxanthin from microalgae. The product is 100 percent natural and free of GMOs! On top of that, this supplement is also allergen-friendly and is free of gluten, yeast, wheat, soy, sugar, salt, hexane, shellfish, or any other animal products. A 30-capsule bottle costs $9.79.

Maryann says “Thank you.”

4. NOW Astaxanthin Supplements

NOW Astaxanthin Supplements

NOW Astaxanthin Supplements/

NOW is yet another trusted brand that offers supplements that are free and clear of any harsh chemicals or additives and also offers a slew of vegan-friendly options. This NOW Astaxanthin Supplement hits all the marks! It’s not only vegan-friendly, but also free of nano-particles nutrients, artificial colors, artificial flavors, aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, harmful pesticides, PCBS, dioxins, artificial sulfites, hydrogenated oils, hidden steroids, and unlabeled allergens. As is similar with most NOW supplements, this product was manufactured in a certified GMP facility! A 60-capsule bottle costs $13.60.

Abi Diaz says “I’ve been taking this product for a while now and I have noticed that my immunity is better and I don’t get sunburned as bad. Great product at a great price. I’ll continue to buy it!!”

5. KAL Astaxanthin Capsules

KAL Astaxanthin Capsules

KAL Astaxanthin Capsules/

These KAL Astaxanthin Capsules provide a great, simple way to get a powerful, potent dose of astaxanthin! This supplement focuses on infusing the body with nutritive support for normal, healthy eyes and vision. With only a few simple ingredients including haematococcus pluvialis sourced astaxanthin, veggie cellulose, plant-based magnesium stearate, and silica, this is a great supplement to add to your plant-based medicine cabinet! A 60-capsule bottle costs $16.85.

caribbean arteest says “From what I’ve read online and on Dr. Mercola’s website, astaxanthin has properties that help the body rid itself of the chemo drugs. I purchased this product for my mother. She received chemo and radiation treatments for 6 months…thank God, she is now cancer-free. We were both ecstatic about the fact that there are no side effects with this and that her hair went from frizzy back to normal within months of taking this product! I read all of the anti-aging benefits that astaxanthin has, so I began taking it to see if it would clear up one particular age spot on my face and to my pleasant surprise…it did! Mom now takes CBH Super Multivitamin for Men and Women, which contains astaxanthin.”

6. Nutrex Hawaii BioAstin Supreme Astaxanthin

Nutrex Hawaii BioAstin Supreme Astaxanthin

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A second astaxanthin supplement from BioAstin! This Nutrex Hawaii BioAstin Supreme Astaxanthin offers a supreme blend of six milligrams of astaxanthin in a vegan-friendly formula. Both doctors and nutritional experts worked on this blend specifically to support joint, tendon, skin, eye, and brain health, as well as boost recovery after physical activity and exercise. Like most BioAstin supplements, these capsules are non-GMO, vegan-friendly, and utilize healthy extra virgin olive oil to increase the bioavailability of the astaxanthin. A 60-capsule bottle costs $25.28.

7. Doctor’s Best Vegan Astaxanthin

Doctor's Best Vegan Astaxanthin

Doctor’s Best Vegan Astaxanthin/

Doctor’s Best is a great vegan brand that you can trust is actually that … vegan! This Doctor’s Best Vegan Astaxanthin offers all the health benefits of Astaxanthin without the unhealthy animal products of other supplements. Doctor’s Best focuses on a blend that supports the health of blood flow, vessel integrity, immune response, and vision. This product is also non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and, as always, vegan-friendly! On top of that, this supplement sources healthy fat for increased bioavailability from super healthy extra virgin olive oil! A 90-capsule bottle costs $24.34.

Anthony Gentele says “I found the product to meet my needs. It was packaged and delivered well. I have been taking it for 2 weeks now and I feel it is offering me good eye protection and protection against free radicals. I definitely will continue to use the product.”

8. Douglas Labs K2-D3 with Astaxanthin

Douglas Labs K2-D3 with Astaxanthin

Douglas Labs K2-D3 with Astaxanthin/

This Douglas Labs K2-D3 with Astaxanthin is a super unique way to integrate vitally important vitamin D and K into your Astaxanthin daily intake! This supplement blends together vitamin D and vitamin K — both of which “play important roles in maintaining healthy calcium balance in the vascular system” — along with a dose of antioxidant powerhouse astaxanthin. This supplement will keep your blood system and skeletal health in check while infusing your body with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. A 30-capsule bottle costs $34.30.

ROSE says “My chiropractor/acupuncturist recommended this kind of D3 supplement because it helps the calcium go to the bones and not the soft tissue. K2 is good for cardiovascular help too. The capsules are small and easy to swallow and easy on my stomach. I haven’t been to my PCP nor have I had lab work done, so I don’t know if it has helped my cholesterol or triglycerides. I have noticed my skin on the bottoms of my feet is much softer and my sleep quality is better. I’m guessing this is the reason because nothing else has changed. I think there are less expensive brands, but I’m going to stick with this one for now.”

9. Barlowe’s Herbal Elixirs Astaxanthin Vegan Max

Barlowe's Herbal Elixirs Astaxanthin Vegan Max

Barlowe’s Herbal Elixirs Astaxanthin Vegan Max/

This Barlowe’s Herbal Elixirs Astaxanthin Vegan Max is labeled to match its potent dose of astaxanthin 12-milligrams per serving! This unique blend seeks to support eye, skin, joint, brain, and immune system health. Plus, this supplement is free of stearates, artificial colors, preservatives, fillers, adulterants, gluten, starch, wheat, corn, and rice! On top of that, it’s vegan-friendly. A 60-capsule bottle costs $25.95.

Michael D. says “Made with AstaReal and vegan capsules make it the best choice for those wanting to avoid gelatin.”

10. BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin OmegaAstin

BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin OmegaAstin

BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin OmegaAstin/

The final BioAstin Hawaiian supplement makes the list! This third BioAstin Hawaiian Vegan Astaxanthin OmegaAstin is included for two reasons: first, to show you the options for healthy fats that can be mixed with astaxanthin in order to boost its bioavailability and secondly, as this supplement offers a portent, heart-boosting eight-milligram dose! This unique blend uses omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 in a synergistic formula in order to increase the absorbability of this wonderful antioxidant. This supplement focuses on supporting the health of your cardiovascular and neurological systems, joints, skin, and eyes. As is the same with the other BioAstin supplement, this astaxanthin was soured from naturally grown microalgae from Kona, Hawaii in a unique farm to bottle process that ensures you’re getting the highest-quality product! A 60-capsule bottle costs $15.95.

DivaKitty says “I first started taking astaxanthin a couple of years ago as a sort of internal sunscreen (it’s meant to help your body prevent & recover from sunburn). Then I discovered it is also meant to be particularly effective against Alzheimer’s, which is strong in my family, so I kept taking it. Discovered EyeAstin when I went looking for a refill of astaxanthin, and thought, “Ah, I used to take bilberry for my eyesight and other things, let’s try it.” I had finally broken down & bought +1.25 readers and stashed them around the house and in my purse. About 50 days into taking one EyeAstin daily, I started to notice that I kept “forgetting” to put my glasses on, because I mostly didn’t need them. Impressive! And it costs about the same as plain astaxanthin, so I will definitely keep buying it.”

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Boosting Immunity Is A Dangerous Myth

Boosting Immunity Is A Dangerous Myth

  • July 31, 2020

Mythological tales, from Achilles to Dracula, are rooted in immunity. And since medicine’s earliest days, physicians have relied on metaphors—using images like armies, orchestras, communities, weather, and gardens—to try to explain what is, in fact, an extremely complicated system that controls the health and well-being of virtually every aspect of the human body. New York Times journalist Matt Richtel, author of An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System, describes it as the “Festival of Life.” Our immunological system exists both inside and around our bodies, he says, with organisms and agents swarming everywhere, from our gut to our car’s steering wheel—some beneficial, some more dangerous. Microorganisms like fungi and bacteria, and infectious invaders such as viruses, are the party crashers. Our immune system operates like a workforce of janitors and laborers, kicking out the rowdy, unwelcome guests and cleaning up after their messes.

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“Festival of Life” could just as easily describe our lives before this pandemic—before the novel coronavirus, with its lethal spiked crown, crashed our festive existence as we knew it. Some experts predict the virus will return in waves this fall and beyond, so it’s best to shore up the bouncers while we can. And by that, I don’t mean “strengthen” or “boost” your immune system. Instead, it needs to be balanced and optimized, so it functions as it’s designed to.

There’s no such thing as boosting immunity

              “Boosting your immune system is a dangerous, ill-conceived concept and probably not even possible,” says Richtel, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a prime example. When most people are seriously ill from the disease, the air sacs in the lungs become inflamed and fill with fluid, making it difficult for oxygen to pass through. It’s the body’s overzealous immune response, which sends in artillery—proteins called cytokines, immune cells such as T-cells and B-cells (aka lymphocytes), macrophages, and others—to attack the virus. The result is called a “cytokine storm,” a cascade of inflammatory responses that wreak havoc on our body’s equilibrium. An overactive, confused immune system also manifests itself in autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease, asthma, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Stronger is not always better.

              Some immune system factors are beyond our control, like aging (since immunity decreases as we get older), genetics, and gender. Though women are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases and are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s (which some researchers believe may also be caused by an overactive immune system), women also tend to fend off viruses and bacteria more effectively, which is supported by their lower death rate from COVID-19.

              But there are factors we can influence, mainly nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep. If you ever wonder whether your daily routine can really make a difference, consider the coldsore or the canker sore, which can seem to pop up out of nowhere when you’re stressed, not sleeping well, or eating poorly. Your immune system lets down its guard (a gated-castle metaphor?), and voilà, the infection travels from where it’s been hiding in nerve cells to the mouth.

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              Immunity is directly linked to what you eat

              Why is diet so important? “Seventy to 80 percent of the immune system lives in the gut,” says Will Bulsiewicz, MD, a gastroenterologist in Charleston, South Carolina, and the author of Fiber Fueled: The Plant-Based Gut Health Program for LosingWeight, Restoring Health, and Optimizing Your Microbiome. “There is literally just a single layer of cells that separates the gut microbiome from our immune system. They are in constant communication.” He believes that optimizing your gut microbiome is the best way to support immunity. Bulsiewicz says that fiber, derived from plants like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and legumes, is the heart and soul of gut healing. He’s also obsessed with broccoli sprouts, saying they have 100 times the active phytochemicals of broccoli. He cites a study published in the journal Immunity in which mice with influenza were given a high-fiber diet and improved their lung function, but those on a low-fiber diet had more damage to their lung tissue and died faster. “A high-fiber diet can change what happens in your lungs in response to a virus,” he says.

              Healing the gut reduces inflammation, which is an immune response, says Mark Hyman, MD, author of 16 books about diet and health, including his latest, Food Fix. “Inflammatory diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, start in the gut. Thecytokine storm has a lot to do with the gut: If we understand how to keep our gut healthy, we will be more resilient against viral threats.” He suggests prebiotic foods, such as dandelion greens, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, apples, barley, oats, burdock root, flaxseed, seaweed, and jicama; and probiotic or fermented foods, like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kefir, and yogurt, all of which can help restore the healthy bacteria of the microbiome.

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              Though the jury is still out on the efficacy of supplements, many experts believe antioxidants (such as vitamins A and C and beta-carotene) and vitamin D support immunity. L.A.-based nutritionist Serena Poon, who advises clients like Kerry Washington, recommends zinc picolinate, oil of oregano, nettle leaf, quercetin, and astragalus, as well as a blend of therapeutic organic oils in a diffuser, such as wild sage, wild oregano, wild thyme, wild bay leaf, cinnamon, and cumin. And mushrooms such as reishi and cordyceps (I give Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee as gifts to friends) have been shown to enhance immunity in some limited studies. (Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements.)

              What not to eat is just as vital. Sugar suppresses immunity, and those at risk of high blood sugar levels—such as diabetics—have more difficulty controlling infections, which thrive on sugar. Hyman says processed food, junk food, sugars, starch, bad fats, salt, thickeners like xanthan gum, salt, and chemical additives will have an adverse effect on the microbiome, creating inflammation. He goes on to say you’re 10 times more likely to die from COVID-19 if you have heart disease, seven times more likely if you have diabetes (“One out of two Americans has diabetes or is pre-diabetic,” he notes), and three times more likely if you are obese.

              The right type of exercise can strengthen your immune system

              Even if losing weight isn’t a concern, physical exertion is critical. “Exercise has massive antiaging benefits and immune-strengthening abilities. Very active exercise makes sirtuins go up,” says Robert Huizenga, MD, a physician in Beverly Hills you may remember from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. “Sirtuins are this great control system inside the body that lowers the inflammation level. If there was ever a time to stay fit, eat healthy, and knock off central stomach fat, this is it.” He suggests intermittent fasting combined with jogging, speed-walking up inclines, swimming, and jumping rope, as well as strength and interval training. Aerobic exercise also helps reduce plaque formation in the arteries by keeping HDL levels higher.

              Stress can put your immune system’s guard down

              You may know that stress puts us into fight-or-flight mode, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and stress hormones like adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. When that happens, we are focused on fighting the lion in front of us, not the virus, Richtel says. Meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, gratitude, and mindfulness are proven ways to calm the nervous system and keep stress at bay, so our bodies don’t suffer as a result.

              Studies suggest that negative mental states such as anxiety and loneliness affect immune responses, too. Married couples with a troubled relationship may have increased stress and depression, a pathway to immune dysregulation, inflammation, and poor health. And in that situation, divorce can actually be beneficial to immunity. (Married couples can also start to share some gene-related traits, such as their microbiome.) Steve Cole, PhD, a professor of medicine, psychiatry, and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA School of Medicine, studied the link between loneliness and gene expression and found that loneliness can affect a gene’s inflammatory response and our ability to fight disease. (A stressful lifestyle can also cause the body to release excess norepinephrine, which destroys the pigment-producing cells of your hair follicles, causing prematurely gray hair.)

              Stress often interferes with a good night’s sleep, which can have disastrous effects on our health. “If people don’t sleep at night, their internal clock becomes disturbed, which has all kinds of consequences for inflammation and our immune system,” Huizenga says. Melatonin is the key hormone here, which is “definitely connected to immune regulation,” Hyman notes, “and even the restriction of cancer.” He says that may be one reason why children, who naturally have higher levels of melatonin, may not be at risk of serious infection or death from COVID-19.

              Practice good hygiene (but don’t go overboard)

              Another way to keep the party crashers out is to stay scrupulously clean. Though many of the bacteria swirling in and around us are helpful to the functioning of the body, it’s not a bad idea to try to minimize harmful foreign germs (hence the constant hand-scrubbing to wash away the novel coronavirus). Be diligent about regularly washing your clothes, your home (dust mites can cause allergies!), and the food you buy, like salad greens, which may contain salmonella or E. coli. Of course, too much wiping out of good bacteria isn’t advised either, as in the case of antibiotics that kill off friendly flora in the gut.

              Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder and CEO of the wellness company Moon Juice, is living, breathing proof that all these habits can add up to an optimized immune system. “I put an autoimmune condition [Hashimoto’s] into remission when I was told by my doctors that wasn’t possible.” How? “By consciously changing my life drastically,” she says, basically doing all of the above.

              As for the future, Bulsiewicz says, there are other promising ideas, like personalized probiotics and custom dietary plans based on your individual microbiome. But many believe we have the tools right now. Huizenga stresses that if there’s a known and safe vaccine available for a virus, as there is for HPV, get it. Many people don’t. “We already know what is required to help fix the immune system: optimizing our health in every aspect,” Hyman says. We just need to do it.

              This article appears in the Summer 2020 issue of ELLE.

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        10 Plant-Based Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements to Reduce Inflammation

        • July 29, 2020

        Fighting chronic inflammation is one of the leading health concerns that’s triggered widespread study, research, and the onslaught of inflammation-fighting products.

        Chronic inflammation takes place “when [the natural inflammatory response] lingers, leaving your body in a constant state of alert.” Recent research has found that “chronic inflammation may have a negative impact on your tissues and organs” and may even “play a role in a range of conditions, from cancer to asthma.” While a plant-based diet helps to fight chronic inflammation via antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and loads of vitamins and minerals, studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, could be a key nutrient in the battle!

        Omega-3 fatty acids are part of an entire “family of essential fatty acids that play important roles in your body.” They are labeled essential due to the fact that your body can’t necessarily produce them, therefore you have to get Omega-3s from your diet. These super healthy fatty acids “reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation, such as inflammatory eicosanoids and cytokines.” Multiple studies have looked at the reaction between omega-3 fatty acid consumption and chronic inflammation, finding a consistent “connection between higher omega-3 intake and reduced inflammation.”

        When it comes to getting omega-3 fatty acids on a plant-based diet, it is all dependent on understanding the different types: Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). While ALA is sourced from plant-based foods — such as flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and soybeans — EPA and DHA are both sourced from animal-based products, primarily seafood, with only one plant-based source microalgae. Even though our bodies are capable of converting ALA into EPA and then DHA, the process is slow, complicated, and the conversion only produces small amounts of these latter two forms of omega-3 fatty acids. This is where supplements come in handy!

        Here are a few of the trusted vegan supplements to give you a starting point.

        1. Nested Naturals Vegan Omega 3 DHA & EPA Supplement

        Nested Naturals Vegan Omega 3 DHA & EPA Supplement

        Nested Naturals Vegan Omega 3 DHA & EPA Supplement/

        This Nested Naturals Vegan Omega 3 DHA & EPA Supplement infuses your body with everything it needs to get those inflammation-fighting omega 3 fatty acids! This supplement offers a 100 percent vegan formula sourcing both DHA and EPA from marine algae algal oil that’s grown sustainably on a farm and not harvested from the ocean. This allows for high purity product! In order to keep the formula fresh from rancidity, Nested Naturals adds green tea extract. This product is also non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and allergen-free. A 30-capsule bottle costs $16.94.

        Amazon Customer says “It’s not easy to find a vegan/vegetarian omega 3 supplement, especially one which has an adequate concentration of DHA and EPA. Despite the fishy smell (which is just the algae), this is the best vegan omega 3 I’ve found and I’ve ordered it multiple times now. It has helped tremendously with my anxiety provoked heart palpitations, and I most certainly feel the difference in my overall well-being if I don’t take these for some time. I sometimes search for other vegan omega 3 but always come back to this one. I just hold my nose when I take the vitamin, the smell is such a small inconvenience for the great benefits of this product!”

        2. Sapling Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Sapling Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Sapling Vegan Omega 3 Supplement/

        This Sapling Vegan Omega 3 Supplement is a bit newer to the scene, yet covers all the bases as a trusted supplement brand. This vegan and non-GMO supplement sources it’s bioavailable DHA and EPA from sustainable farms. Sapling promises this supplement to be a boost for your heart, brain, joints, and immune system! Plus, it’s great for your cognition, clarity, and focus. A 60-capsule bottle costs $19.95.

        Autumn O. says “I was leery about this product do to the collageenan because I know that collageenan is bad but after reading the claims about seaweed collageenan in supplements I did some more research & apparently there are 2 types of collageenan. 1 type is bad for us & 1 type is safe. What I gathered is that the type you find in plant-based supplements is the safe type. The bad type is the one you find in food products like dairy, canned cat & dog food, etc, for it is a thickening agent.”

        3. Zenwise Health Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Zenwise Health Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Zenwise Health Vegan Omega 3 Supplement/

        This Zenwise Health Vegan Omega 3 Supplement is 100 percent vegan-friendly! The DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids are sourced from Nannochloropsis sp. marine algae, which have high concentrations. This supplement is formulated to boost hip and joint health, improve skin, boost immune system health, and aid your heart and brain health. A 120-capsule bottle costs $27.97.

        Adam Flanders says “I have been using this vegan omega-3 supplement for almost a year now and I really like it a lot. It’s one of the most affordable brands of vegan omega-3 and I don’t notice any fishy aftertaste or any adverse odor. The gel caplets are easy to swallow. It allows me to get healthy EPA and DHA that would be impossible to obtain from my vegetarian diet (only ALA, an inferior omega-3, is available from plant sources – the studies on omega-3 show the greatest benefits from EPA). This product gets the omega-3 straight from the source (algae) and cuts out the middle fish.”

        4. Amala Vegan POTENT VEGAN OMEGA 3 Supplement

        Amala Vegan POTENT VEGAN OMEGA 3 Supplement

        Amala Vegan POTENT VEGAN OMEGA 3 Supplement/

        This Amala Vegan POTENT VEGAN OMEGA 3 Supplement offers a unique vegan formula that uses exclusive water-extracted food-grade algae for a blend free of harmful solvents. Along with being vegan-friendly, this supplement is 100 percent natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, and free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Plus, it was manufactured in a GMP facility! A 60-capsule bottle costs $24.95.

        Marcel says “I became allergic to all fish products around 12 years ago. I had been ignorant of the fact I was severely Omega-3 deficient until this year. It would be an understatement to say this product changed my life. I’ve only used this supplement for less than a month, yet I am noticing drastic change in my day to day function. My focus, mood, happiness, cognitive function and general quality of life has drastically improved. It is safe to say I feel alive again due to Omega-3 being a part of my diet.”

        5. Nordic Naturals Algae Omega-3 Supplement 

        Nordic Naturals Algae Omega-3 Supplement 

        Nordic Naturals Algae Omega-3 Supplement/

        This Nordic Naturals Algae Omega-3 Supplement may be a tad more expensive than other omega-3 supplements, but it does offer a bit more bang for your buck! Along with offering a high capsule count, — 120 per bottle — this supplement uses a unique combination of microalgae omegas to offer a significant amount of EPA. This supplement is vegan, certified by the American Vegetarian Association, non-GMO verified, and gluten-free. It’s also free of hexane, fillers, and artificial colors and preservatives. A 120-capsule bottle costs $45.01.

        magenta girl says “This is my husband’s review… For years I tried many types of omega 3 supplements and found they all made me feel awful. A young man who works in Earthfare ‘s wellness department mentioned the Nordic Naturals algae omega capsules and I tried them. They are pricey but they cause no side effects when I take them. I’m way more sensitive than most folks to supplements, etc. It’s nice to finally have found one I can take. Thanks!”

        6. Ovega-3 Vegan Algae Omega-3 Daily Supplement

        Ovega-3 Vegan Algae Omega-3 Daily Supplement

        Ovega-3 Vegan Algae Omega-3 Daily Supplement/

        This Ovega-3 Vegan Algae Omega-3 Daily Supplement is vegan-friendly and allergen-friendly! It’s free of gluten, GMOs, soy, lactose, and sugar. The soft gels contain a high dose of 500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, which include 270 milligrams of DHA and at least 135 milligrams of EPA. This blend supports the health of your heart, brain, eyes, and, basically, your overall health! This vegan version sources it’s EPA and DHA from algae, which is a great alternative to fish oil. A 60-capsule bottle costs $25.36.

        Myra says “My cholesterol was just a little bit high, and they put me on meds to get it back down. They told me I was just barely at the point I needed meds, and that taking fish oil may help (since I already had a pretty decent diet). Fish oil was way gross. I hated the way it tasted and smelled, and it kept revisiting through the day. I tried these instead, and they are way better. The capsule is kind of big, but it is soft and easy to swallow. There is no weird flavor or burping it up. When I went for my next blood test, my levels had dropped far enough that they said I didn’t need the prescription anymore. I have just been taking one of these every night, and it has stayed under control.”

        7. Sports Research Vegan Omega-3 Fish Oil Alternative

        Sports Research Vegan Omega-3 Fish Oil Alternative

        Sports Research Vegan Omega-3 Fish Oil Alternative/

        Sports Research offers some of the most diverse vegan formulated supplements! This Sports Research Vegan Omega-3 Fish Oil Alternative hits the mark! Each serving offers a whopping 770 milligrams of sustainable algae oil-based omega-3 fatty acids encapsulated in a plant-based tapioca softgel. This product is also 100 percent carrageenan-free, GMO-free, filler-free, corn starch-free, sorbitol-free, and filler-free. A 60-capsule bottle costs $19.95.

        Andrew Baxter says “First of all, finding a vegan omega 3 with the correct ratio of DHA and EPA, that is carrageenan free and that doesn’t have filler makes me happy. Thank you for that. Years ago, I began taking omegas and St John’s Wort to combat anxiety and depression, and this has always been effective. When I turned to a vegan diet, it was hard to find a replacement that was acceptable. After a while with brands that just didn’t have the ingredients that were acceptable, I found Sports Research (also take the Co-Q-10). Helps me with my mental clarity, overall-cognition and eyesight. Love this product.”

        8. Wild Fuel Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Wild Fuel Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Wild Fuel Vegan Omega 3 Supplement/

        This Wild Fuel Vegan Omega 3 Supplement promises to help boost the health of your heart, brain, skin, eyes, and immune system, while also giving you a peppy boost of energy! Each capsule offers a high-quality, concentrated source of omega-3 oils sourced from algal oil. This product is 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based, and all-natural. A 60-capsule bottle costs $17.97.

        Ronald W. says “I’ve been looking for a vegan omega 3 option for some time. I went with this because I’ve been a customer of Coffee Gator for quite some time, so they have developed a level of trust with me, and their customer service is second to none. I was recently diagnosed with slight osteoporosis, and I’ve read that omega 3 can be helpful. I really appreciate that a vegan option is available.”

        9. Freshfield Vegan Omega 3 DHA Supplement

        Freshfield Vegan Omega 3 DHA Supplement

        Freshfield Vegan Omega 3 DHA Supplement/

        This Freshfield Vegan Omega 3 DHA Supplement focuses on that DHA! This vegan supplement sources its powerful DHA content from marine algal according to strict FDA standards for a pure and potent product. Along with DHA, this omega 3 supplement also offers DPA, which optimizes and intensifies the overall effects of your omega-3 fatty acid. In fact, it’s been noted that DPA can be 10 times more efficient at boosting the health of your heart, joint, mood, and cognition! A 60-capsule bottle costs $23.99.

        Ryan S. says “I was dealing with major lower back pain for about 8 weeks. I never went to Dr. or chiropractor but I believe I pulled my back & it was inflamed. I have a job that keeps me active- climbing, lifting, squatting, etc., but not the most in-shape person. At 44 years old I was thinking I didn’t want to see 45 with the lower back pain I was feeling- felt like a worn-out old man ( I had to lay on my back to put my socks on- couldn’t bend over) With the advice of a family member I purchased 3 bottles (glad I did)-took 1 pill the evening I received. The next morning I was a changed man with hope to see another 44 years pain-free. I take 1 a day, it’s been a month now and no back pain has returned. I NEVER leave reviews but felt compelled since this product has helped me beyond hope. This product has also increased my appetite. I have never had any bad-tasting pills. The price of this product is very reasonable for the great results I have received. Thank you FRESHFIELD!”

        10. Tahiro Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Tahiro Vegan Omega 3 Supplement

        Tahiro Vegan Omega 3 Supplement/

        Described as a whole health supplement, this Tahiro Vegan Omega 3 Supplement delivers a whopping 550 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids to aid and support the health of your brain, heart, immune system, joints, and skin. This vegan supplement has zero animal products, was manufactured in a GMP facility, and is also FDA-registered so you can feel confident that what is advertised is what you’re consuming! Tahiro sources it’s omega-3 from USA-grown algae instead of fish meaning it’s not only vegan but also environmentally-friendly. A 60-capsule bottle costs $12.97.

        Luis says “Quality-wise this is a good product. I feel that it’s reasonably priced given the quality ingredients in it. It took me a long time to sort through a lot of bad vegan supplement, and I was so glad to find this one. This is definitely one of my top three favorite Omega supplements.

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        10 Plant-Based Vitamin C Supplements to Boost Immune Function and Fight Chronic Disease

        • July 27, 2020

        We could probably spend most of the day going back and forth about all the essential and vital vitamins necessary for a well-balanced, healthy diet.

        Yet, one nutrient that generally doesn’t require any convincing is vitamin C!

        Vitamin C — also called ascorbic acid — is a powerful and wonderful ally for the body, specifically when it comes to promoting healing, boosting the immune system, and fighting chronic diseases. This may be in part due to the fact that vitamin C actually works as an antioxidant, — this is especially important for boosting immune system function and fighting chronic disease — yet it also plays a huge role in helping your body to “form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle, and collagen in bones,” is integral for the healing process, absorbs and stores iron, and plays a role in many bodily functions such as producing “L-carnitine and some neurotransmitters.”

        Basically, vitamin C has its helpful hands all over your bodily systems!

        When it comes to getting vitamin C in your body there are three avenues to take.

        First, through diet. Many plant-based foods are packed with vitamin C including Kakadu plums, — an “an Australian native superfood containing 100 times more vitamin C than oranges” — acerola cherries (half cup contains 822 mg), rose hips (six rose hips provide 119 mg), chili peppers (one green chili pepper contains 109 mg), sweet yellow peppers (half cup provides 137 mg), blackcurrants (half cup contains 101 mg), and mustard spinach (one cup provides 195 mg).” Along with getting your daily dose of vitamin C, you’ll also receive any other nutritional benefits that these foods have to offer!

        Secondly, if you’re really wanting to go all-in on the vitamin C supplementation bandwagon, you can go with intravenous shots. While vitamin C shots aren’t a new medical practice, they are somewhat new to the health trend scene. Many doctors will prescribe vitamin C shots for those with a specific deficiency, but this form of vitamin C supplementation is not yet approved by the FDA.

        Third, you can go with a good old fashioned daily supplement! When choosing a supplement, make sure you’re looking for reliable and safe options. For example, you’ll want to go with a supplement that is “plant-based or vegan, organic, and uses non-GMO ingredients.” On top of that, it’s a good idea to find companies that “abstain from using preservatives, fillers, binders, or any other artificial ingredients.”

        Ready to give vitamin C supplements a try! Here are a few to get you started.

        1. NutraMedix Vitamin C 1000mg Capsules

        NutraMedix Vitamin C 1000mg Capsules

        NutraMedix Vitamin C 1000mg Capsules/

        These NutraMedix Vitamin C 1000mg Capsules not only offer a potent dose of vitamin C, but they also guarantee a purified source of ascorbic acid. These capsules are vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and allergen-friendly — free of gluten, yeast, soy, and dairy. NutraMedix prides itself as a company you can trust, offering bioavailable nutritional supplements since 1993. A 120-capsule bottle costs $26.95.

        Teri says “High-quality vitamin C from real food sources, not man-made.”

        2. NaturesPlus Source of Life Garden Certified Organic Vitamin C

        NaturesPlus Source of Life Garden Certified Organic Vitamin C

        NaturesPlus Source of Life Garden Certified Organic Vitamin C/

        This NaturesPlus Source of Life Garden Certified Organic Vitamin C promises to be sourced from whole food, plant-based bioavailable foods such as 100 percent certified amla berry, citrus fruits, and acerola cherry. The capsules are infused with synergistic phytonutrients and whole-food enzymes. This supplement is vegan, USDA certified organic, non-GMO, and made with safe, high-quality, and natural ingredients. NaturesPlus guarantees their product is manufactured in a state of the art facility that is both NSF and FDA registered. A 60-capsule bottle costs $30.30.

        ZoomDoc says “In order for vitamin C to work properly it must be surrounded by bioflavonoids. I would never take just plain ascorbic acid at this stage of my evolution. Amla berry and Camu Camu have the highest proportion of natural vitamin C in the world. I buy Camu powder in bulk but still wanted something I could take in veggie caps. When I examined this product it looked interesting. All organic and vegetable and fruit sources. No fillers binders or stearic acid flow agents. A bit pricey but you are getting more than just vitamin C in this product. The emphasis is on Vitamin C but this has so much more. Can’t be beaten. Excellent formulation. Thanks, Source of Life Garden.” 

        3. Pure Encapsulations Ascorbic Acid Capsules

        Pure Encapsulations Ascorbic Acid Capsules

        Pure Encapsulations Ascorbic Acid Capsules/

        Pure Encapsulations is a one-of-a-kind, trusted brand offering a wide range of vegan supplement options! These Pure Encapsulations Ascorbic Acid Capsules helps each of us meet our individual daily vitamin C needs with a vegan-friendly, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, non-GMO design. Along with supporting the immune system, this vitamin C supplement is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger, which aids in fighting chronic disease. These capsules are hypoallergenic, which means they are free of wheat, egg, peanuts, magnesium stearate, hydrogenated fat, artificial sweeteners and colors, and other unnecessary excipients. A 90-capsule bottle costs $17.90.

        L. Quadri says “This product is so worth the price! I had not found a Vitamin C pill this strength that I could swallow, until switching to these. I trust this brand and it’s nice to know you’re not getting a bunch of extra fillers.

        4. Truvani Vitamin C

        Truvani Vitamin C

        Truvani Vitamin C/

        This Truvani Vitamin C offers a USDA certified 100 percent organic source of powerful vitamin C! Truvani promises that their supplement is free of hidden “proprietary blends” and is made with only the highest-quality, natural, vegan ingredients such as amla berries. Formulated to support the immune system and promote hair, skin, and nail health via collagen production, Truvani offers complete transparency in their ingredients. A 30-serving bottle costs $24.99.

        Melanie Ginsburg says “It makes me feel so much better when I know exactly what I’m putting in my body. And I love that Truvani only uses the highest quality products. It makes being healthy much easier!”

        5. Doctor’s Best Vitamin C with Quali-C

        Doctor's Best Vitamin C with Quali-C

        Doctor’s Best Vitamin C with Quali-C/

        If you’re looking for a great go-to vegan supplement brand, look no further than Doctor’s Best! They offer a wide range of non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan-friendly supplements at excellent prices. This Doctor’s Best Vitamin C with Quali-C supplement is formulated from ascorbic acid that is prized for quality and reliability. Along with supporting the immune system, stimulating collagen production, and fighting chronic disease, this supplement supports numerous metabolic enzymes in addition to enhancing the body’s total antioxidant potential. As with other Doctor’s Best supplements, these capsules are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. A 120-capsule bottle costs $10.15.

        Amazon Customer says “The quality of these vitamins has been verified for me. Both of my children brought home bad colds from school and my husband and I avoided catching it even though we were the designated nose wipers. My mother came to visit while they still had runny noses and unfortunately she left with a cold. I now swear by these vitamins and the other variety of dr best vitamins I take daily.”

        6. NOW Supplements Vitamin C-1,000

        NOW Supplements Vitamin C-1,000

        NOW Supplements Vitamin C-1,000/

        Along with Doctor’s Best, NOW supplements are also a great go-to, affordable, vegan, and vegetarian-friendly brand! This NOW Supplements Vitamin C-1,000 is specially formulated to “provide a sustained release of vitamin C” meaning you’ll get continuous support throughout the day. Plus, they source their vitamin C from one of the most natural sources, rose hips! This product is certified vegan and non-GMO, is soy-free, Kosher, and has been manufactured in a quality GMP facility. A 250-capsule bottle costs $18.70.

        Jamison says “My wife and I have tried a few other vitamin C brands previously that gave her awful heartburn. We’ve been taking NOW vitamin C for a while now (on our second bottle) and she hasn’t had any heartburn/acid reflux issues from it. The pills aren’t really small but are easy to swallow in my opinion. I can’t remember the last time I was sick and I believe 100% that taking vitamin C is the main reason. I’m currently taking 2 tablets a day (2,000 mg total). I take one with breakfast and one with supper. I usually increase to 4/day when I’ve been around others that are sick.”

        7. Amazon Elements Vitamin C 1000mg

        Amazon Elements Vitamin C 1000mg

        Amazon Elements Vitamin C 1000mg/

        Did you know that Amazon is now producing its own supplements? And, many of them are vegan-friendly? This Amazon Elements Vitamin C 1000mg supplement comes in a whopping 300 tablets — that’s an amazing 10-month supply — one of the largest doses at one of the lowest prices available on the market! Plus, these capsules are clean and pure! They’re vegan, gluten-free, and contain zero artificial colors, flavors, or chemical preservatives. On top of that, they’re made in a GMP facility! A 300-tablet bottle costs $17.99.

        Kerrie A. says “Vitamins generally upset my stomach but this one doesn’t. I’ve taken it once a day since I got it and it seems to be helping through winter/cold and flu season.”

        8.NATURELO Vitamin C with Organic Acerola Cherry and Natural Citrus Bioflavonoids

        NATURELO Vitamin C with Organic Acerola Cherry and Natural Citrus Bioflavonoids

        NATURELO Vitamin C with Organic Acerola Cherry and Natural Citrus Bioflavonoids/

        This NATURELO Vitamin C with Organic Acerola Cherry and Natural Citrus Bioflavonoids offers one of the more diversely sourced vitamin C on the market. Within each time-released capsule, you’ll get vitamin C sourced from acerola cherries, organic orange, and organic lemon, all of which enhance the bioavailability of vitamin C. In fact, these natural citrus bioflavonoids have been shown to “increase the absorption of vitamin C by as much as 35 [percent].” NATURELO promises its product to be vegan-friendly, plant-based, and free of GMOs, gluten, soy, yeast, dairy, eggs, nuts, caffeine, and artificial ingredients such as coloring, preservatives, and flavoring. A 90-capsule bottle costs $24.95.

        A Bombich says “I have been taking NATURELO Premium Vitamin C for a number of months now. I began taking it after determining that the vitamin C sold almost everywhere over the counter is ascorbic acid, basically a chemical product. I chose Naturelo because its source was Organic Acerola Cherry, a great source. I have not particularly seen an abrupt effect after beginning to take it. I frankly did not expect to see one. Naturelo Vitamin C has become one of my daily supplements and its cost is reasonable.” 

        9. Pure Ascorbic Acid Powder

        Micro Ingredients Pure Ascorbic Acid Powder

        Micro Ingredients Pure Ascorbic Acid Powder/

        Oftentimes, supplements just don’t sit right for some of our digestive systems. Luckily, there are other options! This Micro Ingredients Pure Ascorbic Acid Powder offers a water-soluble, quick-absorption, powdered version of vitamin C that can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, or even baking recipes! This powder is rich in antioxidants and is formulated specifically to promote immune function, boost energy, and aid in overall health. This product is vegan-friendly and is free of gluten, GMOs, irradiation, additives, preservatives, and artificial colors. A 2.2-pound bag costs $25.95.

        A. Frazier says “I purchased this to start taking in hopes to help ward off colds this winter. I can’t really say how well it’s working for that for sure, but I’ve been taking it a month now and my kids have had a few colds (thanks to being back to school) and I haven’t caught them. So maybe it’s helping or maybe I’ve been lucky. BUT, holy moly a side effect I wasn’t anticipating was how strong my nails were going to get from taking this! I always keep my nails very short because they are so weak and brittle but they look so healthy and are so strong now. I know it’s from this because I literally haven’t changed anything else in my diet. As far as the taste goes, it tastes as expected. Sour like lemons. I just add it to a shot glass of water and chug it down and don’t mind the flavor at all. I think the price for the amount is great. I’d imagine this bag lasting quite a long time; as I’ve barely made a dent in it after daily use for a month.”

        10. X Gold Health Premium Vitamin C 1400mg Enhanced with Citrus Bioflavonoids & Rutin

        X Gold Health Premium Vitamin C 1400mg Enhanced with Citrus Bioflavonoids & Rutin


        X Gold Health Premium Vitamin C 1400mg Enhanced with Citrus Bioflavonoids & Rutin/

        This X Gold Health Premium Vitamin C 1400mg Enhanced with Citrus Bioflavonoids & Rutin offers something that the others don’t — bioflavonoids enhancement via rutin. Along with other citrus bioflavonoids, rutin works synergistically to support the immune system and protect cells. On top of that, X Gold Health offers one of the most potent forms of vitamin C in 1400 milligram capsules to support immune health, collagen production, and the healing process. This product is vegan and vegetarian-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, third-party tested, and is free of synthetic fillers! A 120-capsule bottle costs $17.50.

        lindaxyz says “I am very happy with this vitamin C not just because it is a good strong dosage but because it also has Bioflavonoids and Rutin added. This combination is wonderful to get the most out of the vitamin C. Just google the ingredients to see the health benefits! So glad I found this supplement during this pandemic. Boosting my immunity system is more important now than ever! Thankful for this great product! I’ve had no side effects but I do take it with food or a full glass of water.”

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        Immune Health Supplements Market to Reach USD 29.40 Billion by 2027; High Demand for Organic & Non-GMO Products to Boost Growth

        Immune Health Supplements Market to Reach USD 29.40 Billion by 2027; High Demand for Organic & Non-GMO Products to Boost Growth

        • July 27, 2020

        Pune, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The global immune health supplements market is likely to grow astonishingly backed by the increasing popularity of non-GMO and organic ingredients amongst the masses. The trend is further resulting in the rising purchase of organic immunity health supplements worldwide. This information is given by Fortune Business Insights™ in a report, titled, “Immune Health Supplements Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Ingredient Type (Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Botanical Extracts, Probiotics, Amino Acids, Omega 3-fatty acids, Others), By Form (Soft Gels/Capsules, Tablets, Powder, Liquids, and Others), By Source Type (Plant Based, Animal Based), By Distribution Channel (Pharmacies and Drug Stores, Hypermarket/Supermarket, Online Stores, Specialty Store, Others) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027.”

        The report further states that the immune health supplements market size was USD 16.32 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 29.40 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period.

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        • Which are the market drivers, hindrances, and dynamics?
        • Will the companies adopt new strategies to compete in the market?
        • Which segment is expected to dominate the market in terms of share?
        • How will COVID-19 help in generating more sales of immune health supplements?

        Drivers & Restraints-

        A Need to Reconsider Health Owing to COVID-19 will Skyrocket Demand

        The COVID-19 pandemic is surging the demand for immune health supplements across the globe. This growth is attributable to the rising reconsideration of health and well-being by the masses. They are persistently striving to dodge any type of infectious disease by consuming immunity boosters equipped with omega-3 fatty acids, mineral supplements, herbal extracts, and vitamins. One of the significant challenges that may occur is the disruptions in the supply chain network. The Nutrition Business Journal mentioned that in April 2020, the purchase of these health supplements increased at a fast pace.

        However, some of these supplements may cause adverse effects if blended with other medicines or consumed before surgery. Many of these products remain untested on pregnant ladies and children. This is a major factor that may hamper the immune health supplements market growth during the forthcoming years.

        The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the manufacturing and production processes of numerous companies. However, some of them have resumed operation by reducing their workforce and maintaining social distancing. With time and perseverance, we will be able to overcome this phase. Our reports provide accurate details about the effects of the pandemic on every market. You can select the business strategy of your choice to intensify competition.

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        Vitamins Segment to Dominate Fueled by Their High Consumption Rate

        Based on ingredient type, the market is grouped into omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, amino acids, herbal extracts, minerals, vitamins, and others. Out of these, the vitamins segment held 32.7% market share in 2019 and would dominate throughout the coming years. This growth is attributable to the rising consumption of vitamin supplements worldwide.

        Regional Analysis-

        North America to Lead Owing to Rising Prevalence of Obesity & Diabetes

        Geographically, North America procured USD 5.89 billion in 2019 in terms of revenue. This region is set to lead in the near future backed by the rising awareness among people about health and self-wellness. Besides, the increasing prevalence of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and obesity would contribute to the market growth in this region. The region will be followed by Asia Pacific because of the rapid urbanization that is further making people shift towards immunity health supplements. Coupled with this, the increasing changes in lifestyle and rising health consciousness would propel the market growth in this region. Owing to COVID-19, the region is experiencing high demand for products infused with elderberry, zinc, vitamin C, and D.

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        Competitive Landscape

        Key Players Aim to Gain Competitive Edge by Developing Novel Supplements

        The companies present in the market are mainly focusing on scientific research activities to develop innovative immune health supplements for generating more sales. Some of them are also adopting the strategy of mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their product portfolio. Below are two of the latest industry developments:

        • May 2020: Ancient Nutrition launched a new range of SBO Probiotics consisting of four innovative products, namely, Men’s and Women’s, Gut Restore, and Ultimate. These are created by combining superfoods and strain-diverse soil-based organisms (SBO) probiotics. These would help in supporting the immune system and gut health.
        • April 2020: Royal DSM successfully acquired Glycom A/S, a supplier of Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO). The deal required an investment of €765 million. It would aid Royal DSM in adding HMOs to its product offerings and in providing novel solutions to its consumers.

        Fortune Business Insights™ lists out the names of all the immune health supplements producers operating in the global market. They are as follows:

        • Herbalife Nutrition (California, United States)
        • Nutramax Laboratories (Maryland, United States)
        • BioGaia (Stockholm, Sweden)
        • Blackmores Limited (New South Wales, Australia)
        • Glanbia, Plc (Kilkenny, Ireland)
        • Royal DSM (Heerlen, Netherlands)
        • Alticor Inc. (Amway) (Michigan, United States)
        • USANA Health Sciences (Utah, United States)
        • Bayer AG (Leverkusen, Germany)
        • NOW Foods (Illinois, United States)
        • Pfizer (New York, United States)
        • Other key market players

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        Detailed Table of Content:

        • Introduction
          • Market Scope
          • Market Segmentation
          • Market Methodology
          • Definitions and Assumptions
        • Executive Summary
        • Market Dynamics
          • Market Drivers
          • Market Restraints
          • Market Opportunities
        • Key Insights
          • Snapshot of Parent/Related: Immune Health Supplements Market
          • Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Immune Health Supplements Market
          • Supply Chain Challenges
          • New Product Launch
          • Technological Advancements
          • Key Industry Developments – Mergers, Acquisitions, and Partnerships
        • Global Immune Health Supplements Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast, 2016-2027
          • Key Findings / Summary
          • Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast By Ingredient Type
            •  Vitamins
            •  Minerals
            • Herbal Botanical Extracts
            •  Probiotics
            •  Amino Acids
            •  Omega 3-fatty acids
            •  Others
          • Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast By Form
            •  Soft Gels/Capsules
            • Tablets
            • Powder
            • Liquids
            • Others
          • Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast By Source Type
            •  Plant-Based
            •  Animal-Based
          • Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast By Distribution Channel
            •  Pharmacies and Drug Stores
            •  Hypermarket/Supermarket
            •  Online Stores
            • Specialty Store
            • Others
          • Market Analysis, Insights and Forecast By Geography
            •  North America
            •  Europe
            •  Asia Pacific
            •  Latin America
            •  Middle East & Africa

        TOC Continued..!!!

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        What to Look for in Immune-Support Supplements

        • July 27, 2020

        Browsing hundreds of pages of supplement options online can feel like an overwhelming exercise in sensory overload, with bright packaging exclaiming puzzling phrases like “chelated!” or “bioavailable!” And if you’re shopping for immune-support supplements with the aim of staying healthy? Just pile on the confusion.

        With that head-scratching feeling in mind, we asked nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table, for some guidance in the supplement shopping department.

        “I always believe in food first, but there are times when we may need more of a certain nutrient than we can get from our diets,” Taub-Dix says. “Certain supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc can help support a healthy immune system.”

        Oh, and re: bioavailability, that’s the rate at which the supplement enters your system, Taub-Dix says. “This is important because some supplements could be digested and absorbed more slowly, and therefore are less readily available to be used by your body,” she says.

        Ready to learn what else to keep when in mind when you’re shopping for immune-support supplements? Keep reading for her tips, plus some supplement picks from The Vitamin Shoppe®.

        Keep scrolling for the 4 traits Taub-Dix focuses on when shopping for immune-support supplements.

        1. The nutrients

        When trying to boost her immune system, Taub-Dix focuses her efforts on vitamins C, D, and E, which are some of the key nutrients that welcome immune support, she says. According to Taub-Dix, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against damage from free radicals, plus it can help promote the production of white blood cells.

        If you’re in the market for a vitamin C supplement to have on hand, check out Aurora Nutrascience Mega-Liposomal Vitamin C, which has 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C per serving encapsulated into lipospheres to increase bioavailability (there’s that key buzzword again).

        2. Serving size

        Contrary to how you probably feel about eating an entire pint of ice cream (who isn’t tempted to dig into the whole container from time to time?), no one wants to have to consume half a bottle of supplements every time they’re looking for a boost.

        Taub-Dix agrees: “I want to be sure that the serving size doesn’t require that I take four supplements each day to be sure I get what I need.” The Mega-Liposomal Vitamin C has a small serving size going for it—just one spoonful (plain or mixed into yogurt, juice, or water).

        Ginger is another helpful immune-supporting ingredient with a small but mighty serving size. Just one Prince of Peace 100% Natural Ginger Chews is a full dose (though thanks to their delicious taste, you might want another). “Not only can ginger support the immune system, but it is also helpful in preventing nausea and can calm an upset stomach,” Taub-Dix says.

        3. Dosages

        And when it comes to serving sizes, Taub-Dix also recommends doing your research (read: label reading) to make sure those serving sizes make sense. “I check to see that I’m not getting an excessive or inadequate amount of the particular nutrients I’m taking,” she says.

        Nature’s Way Sambucus Gummies contain exactly 90 milligrams of vitamin C—the recommended daily value for adults, according to the FDA—in just two gummies, plus 50 milligrams of elderberry extract, which may help shorten colds according to research.

        4. Unwelcome ingredients

        A supplements no-no, according to Taub-Dix? “‘Other’ ingredients like dyes, sugar, fillers, and additives.” Look for supplements that feature the ingredients they promise (and no others), like Trace Minerals Liquid Silver Spray, which is made from colloidal silver and water—that’s it.

        Keep this checklist handy the next time you’re shopping for immune-support supplements (or any time you’re stocking your medicine cabinet, tbh) and all of a sudden, the supplement aisle won’t seem quite so overwhelming.

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        Why food and beverage firms need to innovate quickly to meet consumer needs amid COVID-19

        Why food and beverage firms need to innovate quickly to meet consumer needs amid COVID-19

        • July 27, 2020

        The discussion was held during the second FoodNavigator-Asia Unlocking Innovation Online Series webinar, on the topic of ‘New Product Development and the Evolving Consumer Landscape’. (Listen on demand here​)

        The five-person panel consisted of Lars Bredmose, senior director of dairy health at Chr. Hansen, Eric Weisser, senior director of growth platforms at Ingredion APAC, Dr Ana San Gabriel, associate general manager at Ajinomoto, Brad Burgess, consultant and former head of international corporate affairs at and Sarah Maddock, marketing transformation director at Heineken APAC.

        It was hosted by Gary Scattergood, editor-in-chief of FoodNavigator-Asia.

        The panel pointed out that the impact of the pandemic on the industry was unprecedented, both from a supply change and consumer trends perspective.

        Maddock pointed out that brands have to be agile and adapt quickly to handle these changes, citing the shift in shopper behaviour to e-commerce and new consumption patterns.

        For instance, in China, Burgess said e-commerce platforms such as had experienced a large pick-up in fresh foods such as vegetables, as well as supplements and health foods such as Manuka honey.

        In terms of consumption behaviour, Maddock observed that people still had a fundamental need for social interaction, and suggested brands needed to be creative in marketing their products.

        For alcohol companies like Heineken which counts bars and restaurants as major sales channels, there was a slump in sales during the various lockdown measures in countries around the world.

        ASA issues coronavirus guidance to stem advertising breaches

        ASA issues coronavirus guidance to stem advertising breaches

        • July 21, 2020

        In guidance​ issued last week, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) sets out what advertisers can say about their products, ingredients contained and links to health, especially in light of the ongoing pandemic.

        “Ads for such products cannot make any explicit or implicit references to COVID-19, coronavirus, viruses, flu (or any other adverse health condition), or any of the symptoms of such conditions,” ​says ASA.

        “Implicit references could include using phrases that suggest a product could be particularly useful to remaining healthy during the pandemic, such as “use our product in these difficult times” or “#lockdownhealth”.

        Similarly, ASA adds that while it was true that doctors and scientists were investigating vitamins or minerals’ role in treating COVID-19, referencing this fact in an ad for a food product implies that the product could help to prevent or treat the disease.

        The instructions come as ASA and other advertising authorities in Europe face an increase in advertisements and marketing communications that unlawfully highlights health benefits that substances in foods, drinks and food supplements allegedly can provide.

        Coronavirus claims

        In May this year, Manchester-based ‘PCK SKIN’ trading as ‘SkinSpaceUK’ found itself in hot water over a promotional email​ that had the subject line “40% off! In the fight against viruses!”

        Text in the body of the email stated, “Its [sic] time to boost your immunity! In the fight against viruses! Book in for your vitamin D & B12 shots! Supports your immune system, lung function and aids faster recovery from illness & viruses!”.

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        Best Immunity Boosters from iHerb

        • July 20, 2020
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        We all might like to think that we’re immune from the wide array of infections, viruses and diseases that can take their toll on the human body, but the fact remains that is simply not true. However, there are things we can do and supplements that we can take to boost our immunity and give our bodies their best shot at resisting illness and injury. 

        RELATED: 7 Expert-Approved Ways to Boost Your Immunity

        Though it’s not possible to ward off any or all ailments simply by popping a pill or scooping some extra powder into your daily shake, you can boost your body’s efficiency with certain supplements and give yourself a leg up on long-lasting health. While they won’t turn you into an indestructible superhuman — as awesome as that would be — some vitamins and supplements found at iHerb can help the body’s systems reach peak performance, resulting in a stronger, healthier you.

        The Power of Fatty Fishes

        One supplement, in particular, packs a powerful punch of immune-boosting nutrition in one relatively small capsule. Fish oil supplements (such as these easy-to-swallow Omega 800 softgels from California Gold Nutrition, found at iHerb) provide our bodies with long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that we can’t make on our own, so we instead have to actively obtain them through our diet. If you’re not a big fan of fatty fishes — such as salmon, sardines and mackerel — or plant-based powerhouses — including flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts — you may not be getting enough of the fatty acids known as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to support optimal heart and brain function. If that’s the case, then taking a daily fish oil supplement can help supply your body with enough of the necessary fatty acids to reduce your risk of chronic disease and encourage a stronger cardiovascular system. 

        The omega-3s found in fish oil can also promote a healthy inflammatory response so that when your body does encounter toxins or trauma, it can better fend itself off and protect you from further harm. It does this by maintaining the health of cell membranes, regulating white blood cells, reducing inflammatory compounds and improving the way that immune cells communicate with each other, all of which lead to an immune system functioning at its peak.

        Peak Immune Health Doesn’t End With Omega-3s

        If you find that you already obtain enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet or you’re looking to boost your immune health even further, there are plenty of other supplements that you can add to your daily regimen to keep your systems working in tip-top shape. For example, the number one go-to for immune system support has long been the gold standard Vitamin C. It’s often believed to be the first defense in warding off the common cold thanks to its encouragement of white blood cell production and effective function, but it can also have a healthy influence on blood pressure and cardiovascular performance.

        Healthy digestion also plays a huge role in immune support, so taking a daily probiotic can promote optimal gut health and overall wellness by keeping everything moving through your system at a regular pace. However, if you’re looking for some wellness with deeper roots, Eastern medicine has turned to ginseng for centuries to maintain optimal health, believing the adaptogen to assist with immune system homeostasis and increasing resistance to microbial attacks.

        East meets West, however, in reishi mushrooms, fungi that are often found thriving on tree stumps throughout parts of Asia and North America. Packed with prebiotics and digestive enzymes to boost gut health, they also boast beta glucans, amino acids, proteins, peptides and a whole array of antioxidants to help cells fight off damaging free radicals throughout the body.

        Whichever route you choose to take to give your immune system a little boost, you can rest assured that iHerb has got your back. Check out our favorite picks for enhancing the health and harmony of our bodily systems below, all available at iHerb.

        California Gold Nutrition, Omega 800 by Madre Labs, Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil, 80% EPA/DHA, Triglyceride Form, 1,000 mg, 30 Fish Gelatin Softgels

        Bottle of California Gold Nutrition, Omega 800 by Madre Labs, Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil

        This superior, ultra-concentrated supplement delivers 800 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids in every softgel, and you only need to take one per day with a meal. It’s comprised of KD-Pür® IFOS™ fish oil in cholesterol-free triglyceride form which allows the fatty acids to be metabolized and absorbed more naturally and efficiently within the body. The high-quality oil has been tested and certified by a third party, and it packs all of its benefits into capsule form without any gluten, soy or GMOs.

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        California Gold Nutrition, Gold C, Vitamin C, 1,000 mg, 240 Veggie Capsules

        Bottle of California Gold Nutrition, Gold C, Vitamin C

        The gold standard when it comes to immunity boosters, these vegetarian-friendly capsules are formulated without gluten, soy or GMOs. They’re water-soluble so you can’t really overdo it, but just one a day with or without food is enough to promote immune health.

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        HealthyBiom, High Potency Probiotics, 50 Billion CFUs, 30 Veggie Capsules

        Bottle of HealthyBiom, High Potency Probiotics

        These high-potency once-a-day capsules boast a 12-strain blend with 50 billion colony-forming units and prebiotics, tapping into a wide variety of microscopic helpers that can enhance gut health from start to finish. 

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        California Gold Nutrition, Panax Ginseng Extract, EuroHerbs, 250 mg, 60 Veggie Capsules

        Bottle of California Gold Nutrition, Panax Ginseng Extract

        These vegan-approved capsules contain 250 milligrams of Panax Ginseng to support immune,  cardiovascular and brain health, stabilize blood sugar levels and fight fatigue to get you over that afternoon slump. All it takes is one capsule twice a day, with or without food.

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        Exploding Buds, Reishi, Certified Organic Mushroom Powder, 4.2 oz (120 g)

        Container of Exploding Buds, Reishi, Certified Organic Mushroom Powder

        These certified organic California-grown mushrooms have been dried and milled into a fine powder packed with natural, nutritious compounds that encourage overall wellness and healthy levels of energy. Just stir a teaspoon into your morning coffee or add it into your daily shake to reap the benefits.

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        The Best Collagen Powders and Supplements to Transform Your Skin—And Boost Your Immune System

        The Best Collagen Powders and Supplements to Transform Your Skin—And Boost Your Immune System

        • July 15, 2020

        Nearly six years ago, when chef Marco Canora opened Brodo, the bone-broth takeout window in Manhattan’s East Village that sparked a wellness movement, I was slow to fall in line. Something about sipping a clear, meaty elixir didn’t resonate with me the way that my daily green juice did. And yet everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Brady was soon raving about the collagen-rich panacea.

        “Collagen is really critical to our health because it makes up 30 percent of all of the protein in our bodies,” explains Josh Axe, D.N.M., a clinical nutritionist and author of 2019’s The Collagen Diet, who notes that production of the multitasking amino-acid chains starts to decline around age 25. “By the time you’re in your mid-50s, your body is producing 50 percent less collagen,” Axe continues. The way to help replenish those reserves, he says, is to consume it—whether by simmering bones into a savory stock or reaching for the new collagen powders now flooding the supplement market. Promising everything from thicker hair and stronger nails to plumper skin, the collagen category is on track to reach $7.5 billion by 2027, led by brands such as the Chicago-based Vital Proteins, which became Instagram famous last year when it partnered with Kourtney Kardashian on an organic blueberry-and-lemon flavored collagen powder sourced from pasture-raised cows in Brazil.

        “Do you ingest collagen and look in the mirror and give yourself a thumbs-up? No, it doesn’t work like that,” admits Bobbi Brown, the beauty mogul and founder of the wellness brand Evolution_18, whose four collagen-based offerings are carried at Walmart. But real, perceptible benefits can often be achieved in a few months, Brown is quick to add. “Inside-out beauty is more important than ever,” agrees One Ocean Beauty’s Marcella Cacci, who launched her marine-based skin-care line in 2018 with a five-piece lineup that includes complexion-boosting collagen supplements that deploy skin-healthy vitamins found in tomatoes and pomegranate extract.

        It’s certainly an appealing premise—if not entirely in line with our increasingly plant-oriented diets. “It’s almost impossible to find the quality of the collagen you are using or exactly where it came from,” Brooke Russell, Ph.D., a V.P. of operations at ECM Biosurgery, says of the powders, which are sourced from the bones, skin, or connective tissue of animals like cows or fish. “Most of the time you don’t really know what is in there.” New York City-based dermatologist Pat Wexler, M.D., isn’t entirely sold either. “There’s no negative side effects—but there is a lot more research to be done,” says Wexler, cautioning that many of the studies have been paid for by the companies producing the supplements.

        Linda Ellison, Ph.D., a former public-health-systems managing director at the United Nations, spent three years working with scientists to optimize a healing bone-broth recipe that she inherited from her grandmother. Ellison had planned to launch her first product, a beauty supplement, from her California-based biotech company, Kaü, this fall. But when the coronavirus hit, she decided to fast-track Immunity Build, a more potent formula initially developed for intensive-care units. “At this level of concentration, it triggers the rapid production of immune-system cells”—cells that might resemble those you have in your early 20s, Ellison says. “It’s like the difference between getting a bag at Forever 21 and buying a Chanel purse,” she adds with a laugh. Since the flavorless powder can strengthen your immune system, it has a number of happy side effects, she says: “You’re sleeping better, you’re less anxious, you have better mental focus, and your metabolism spikes”; that a brighter complexion comes with the territory is an added bonus.

        Below, the 9 best collagen powders and supplements to stock up on now.

        One Ocean Beauty Marine Collagen

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        Goop GoopGenes Marine Collagen Superpowder

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        Shore Magic Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen Protein

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        Hum Nutrition Collagen Love Skin Firming Supplement

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