More people looking to vitamins and supplements to help boost immune system

More people looking to vitamins and supplements to help boost immune system

  • August 7, 2020

BOZEMAN — Every day there seems to be more information and new things to learn regarding the coronavirus and how to keep yourself safe.

Following local and national guidelines like a wearing a mask is one thing, and now many people are considering supplements and vitamins in addition to the safety policies already in place.

People are looking for ways to boost their immune system and do all they can to prepare in the unfortunate event they do get the virus.

MTN News spoke with a few supplement suppliers, who say it should be considered as an addition versus an alternative.

“Obviously, we don’t make any claims. but nutrition’s a really big part of your health and your immune and some of the keys to your immune system that you’re going to get are through foods or through vitamins. mostly, the foods that we’re eating, they don’t have the nutrients that we need,” explained Ben Ziccarelli, the CEO of Complete Nutrition.

Supplements and vitamins have not been discussed as a safety recommendation by the Gallatin County Health Department.

The Good Patch Adds Rise Effervescent Immunity Tablets to Lineup of Wellness Products

The Good Patch Adds Rise Effervescent Immunity Tablets to Lineup of Wellness Products

  • August 6, 2020

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Good Patch, a wellness brand that offers a variety of plant-infused patches, today announces their most recent wellness product – Rise. Rise, an effervescent tablet that quickly dissolves in water, infuses delicious flavors with vitamins and aims to help give a boost to your immune system.

Rise is available online in refreshing Berry and Citrus flavors – simply drop the tablet in water, watch it fizz, drink, and enjoy. Each Rise tablet provides a powerful burst of 1,000 mg of Vitamin C along with 13 other vitamins, minerals and herbs. Individuals seeking an immune boost can add Rise to their daily routine and seek the rich benefits of Vitamins A, C, and E. The tablets are high in antioxidants, have 350 mg of herbal blend including echinacea and ginger, and are an excellent source of zinc and selenium.

“The Good Patch is dedicated to improving overall wellbeing so we can feel as beautiful on the inside as we are on the outside,” said Betsy Scanlan, co-founder and CEO of The Good Patch. “Our team continues to develop innovative products keeping strong women in mind, and Rise is a prime example of this. We hope consumers can rise up physically and mentally with our new Rise tablets.” 

The Good Patch recognizes that in order to support overall wellbeing, support is needed in community, environment and education, which is why they have partnered with Ambition, a non-profit school-based entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth. With every purchase of Rise, a percentage of the sale will be directly donated to Ambition’s scholarship fund so that the youth can continue to rise up to their full potential. The Good Patch team will also be dedicating their time to weekly mentorship with the Ambition students.

“The Good Patch is excited to not only offer our new product, Rise, to consumers, but to also bring forth change and positivity in our community through our work with Ambition,” said Cedar Carter, president & COO of The Good Patch. “Our Rise customers can feel good that they are giving love to their bodies, while also brightening the future for all the youths that will directly benefit from these donations.”

The Rise tablets come after the recent announcement of The Good Patch’s newest product and first-ever bedtime patch for children, The Nite Owl – a line of owl-shaped nighttime patches for kids ages 3 and up, comprised of safe and natural ingredients sold at thegoodpatch.com/niteowl.

Rise is sold in tubes of 10 for $9 and can be bought in bulk to lower the price per tablet. The Good Patch recommends users enjoy one a day, or up to three per day for adults 14 and up. For more information or to purchase, visit: thegoodpatch.com/rise

(All statements included in the above media release have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a physician if you are pregnant, on medication, breastfeeding, have a medical condition or have questions.)

About The Good Patch
The Good Patch offers an array of safe, tested and pure products with plant-based ingredients. The Good Patch products are available to customers seeking results for everyday ailments, such as fatigue or minor aches and pains. The company was founded in 2017 with one simple idea in mind: when the people around you feel good, life is more beautiful. 

Media Contact
Brittany Zoet
Uproar PR for The Good Patch
Bzoet@uproarpr.com
310-598-8774

Odisha Television Ltd.

For A Strong Immune System Add Protein & Vitamins To Your Diet

  • July 31, 2020

New Delhi: As we face this global pandemic, it is important that we stay indoors. maintain physical distancing and focus on building a strong immune system which is a crucial shield against infections.

While we are confined to the house, it is important we maintain a regular routine which includes daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, maintaining good gut health, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress levels.

Our immune system works as the frontline defence mechanism against disease-causing microorganisms and protects us from all viruses and microbes that our body is exposed to. A healthy lifestyle along with a well-balanced diet containing all the essential macro and micronutrients is vital for optimal functioning and maintenance of the immune system.

Protein is a versatile macronutrient that sustains life and has a particularly important role to play in boosting immune function. Though we all know about the importance of protein, Indians are deficient in our protein intake. On average an individual needs 0.8-1.0g of protein per kg ideal body weight. Recommendations may vary depending on several factors such as physical activity, age, co-morbid conditions like kidney disease etc. As per the General Consumer Survey (PRODIGY) conducted in 2015, 73 per cent of our population is deficient in protein intake with 93 per cent of our population being unaware of their daily protein requirements.

It is important to consume good quantity and quality of protein daily for the immune system to function at its best. A quarter of our plate at every meal must be protein.

A good quality first-class protein is one with high digestibility and has all the essential amino acids required by the body. Sources: all animal products like eggs, meat, fish, poultry, milk, milk products like curd, paneer, whey. Proteins that are partially lacking in one or more essential amino acids eg, cereals and pulses are called incomplete protein.

Combinations of foods such as cereal pulse combination like idli, dosa, pongal, khichdi, dal rice etc. in 4:1 proportion help improve the quality of protein in a vegetarian meal if you are unable to meet your protein requirements through diet alone, protein powders containing good quality protein can be included to bridge the gap. You can consult a qualified dietician to plan a diet tailor-made to meet your protein and nutrient requirements.

Vitamins which help boost immunity!
Vitamin A
  • Vitamin A is an anti-inflammatory vitamin and plays a critical role in enhancing immunity.
  • Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A which when ingested is converted in the wall of the small intestine to vitamin A.
  • Sources of beta carotene-carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, dark green leafy veg, pumpkins, asparagus, mangoes, drumstick leaves.
Vitamin B6
  • Vit B6 plays an important role in supporting biochemical reactions of the immune system.
  • Sources: fish, poultry, nuts, chickpeas, dark green leafy veg, bananas, papayas.
Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient in the formation of healthy red blood cells and DNA synthesis.
  • Vitamin B12 along with folic acid plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system.
  • Sources: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.
Vitamin C
  • Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant known to boost immunity. It also helps in the regeneration of Vitamin E.
  • Sources: Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, orange, sweet lime, lemon, bell peppers, berries, red amaranth leaves, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, broccoli, etc.
Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D is essential to immune function and helps regulate the body’s immune response. You can get your dose of Vit D by standing in sunlight either on your terrace or balcony without sunscreen during the day preferably between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If your levels of Vit D are low, consult your physician who may suggest a Vit D supplement.
  • Sources: Egg Yolk, cod liver oil, mushrooms, sardines, fatty fish
Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in regulating and supporting immune system function. It prevents oxidation of Beta Carotene and Vit A in the intestine.
  • Sources: nuts such as almonds, pistachios, seeds like sunflower seeds, flax seeds, garden cress seeds

In addition to protein and vitamins, certain minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium along with omega 3 fats play a key role in boosting immunity.

We can also give our immune system a boost by adding anti-viral foods easily available in our kitchen like garlic, fennel, ginger, cloves, tulsi, turmeric and coconut oil.

Making simple tweaks to your diet by including immune-boosting nutrients to help to fight infections. Lastly, do not forget to maintain hygiene by washing hands regularly, wear masks when out maintain physical distancing.

(IANS)

You May Also Read:

Plasma Therapy 101: Know In Details

Morning Walk Key To Good Night’s Sleep After Heart Bypass Surgery

Can Vitamin C Boost Immunity? – WCCO

Can Vitamin C Boost Immunity? – WCCO

  • July 29, 2020
Vitamin B complex benefits: Strong immune system, good digestion and more; food sources rich in B vitamins

Vitamin B complex benefits: Strong immune system, good digestion and more; food sources rich in B vitamins

  • July 29, 2020

Add vitamin B-rich foods to your diet to boost your immune system: Benefits, foods high in B complex vitamins


Vitamin B complex benefits: Strong immune system, good digestion and more; food sources rich in B vitamins&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

  • B vitamins have a crucial role in maintaining your overall health and well-being

  • They can also help keep your immune system strong, thereby preventing infections

  • Here’s how eating vitamin B-rich foods can benefit your health and help you stay healthy during the pandemic

New Delhi: One of the best ways to build resistance against the novel coronavirus infection and other viral attacks is to feed your body with nutrient-dense foods that can help strengthen your immune system, your body’s first line of defense against viruses and diseases. Research has shown that eating foods rich in certain vitamins – such as vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B and vitamin E – can help your immune system fight off infections.

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has now infected about 16,514,500 people and claimed at least 654,477 lives all over the world. With no cure available for the deadly virus that causes COVID-19, taking all possible measures and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet, to not get it in the first place is the safest for all of us. In fact, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently recommended to include vitamin B-rich plant-based foods in diet to boost your nervous system and immunity.

What are the health benefits of vitamin B complex?

Basically, vitamin B complex consists of eight different vitamins, which are essential for maintaining good health and well-being. The B vitamins are: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid or folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12).

Some of the benefits of vitamin B complex include:

  • It can help strengthen your immune system, thereby preventing or reducing your risk of infections
  • It helps support the growth of red blood cells
  • It promotes proper nerve and healthy brain function
  • It improves energy levels
  • It boosts cardiovascular health
  • It is good for digestion
  • It supports muscle tone
  • It supports the production of hormones and cholesterol

B vitamins are particularly important for pregnant and lactating women as they help in faetal brain development as well as lower the risk of birth defects. These vitamins may also help increase testosterone levels in men.

A deficiency of this vitamin can put you at a higher risk of certain conditions such as anaemia, infections, digestive issues, peripheral neuropathy, skin problems, etc.

Food sources of vitamin B complex

B vitamins can be found in a number of foods. Some of the foods that are high in B vitamins include:

  1. Leafy greens: Leafy green veggies like spinach, turnip greens, collards and romaine lettuce, are among the highest sources of folate. You can eat them raw or steam them briefly to retain the most nutrient.
  2. Eggs: Eggs are one of the best sources of biotin – just next to liver – that plays a vital role in your hair, skin, nail and hair health. One large egg can help you get 33 per cent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) for biotin distributed the yolk and white.
  3. Legumes: Apart from being high in folic acid, legumes also provide small amounts of other B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and pyridoxine. Folate reduces the risk of birth defects.
  4. Walnuts: Walnuts are high in several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as copper, phosphorus, folate, pyridoxine, manganese, vitamin E, etc.
  5. Salmon: Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and several B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, B6 and B12. Moreover, this nutritious fish is high in protein but low in mercury.

Try eating a healthy diet that includes a wide variety of food sources to ensure that you’re getting enough of each B vitamin to support your immune system, improve overall health and reduce your risk of infections, including COVID-19 disease.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

COVID 19: Best sources of protein, essential vitamins for immunity

COVID 19: Best sources of protein, essential vitamins for immunity

  • July 28, 2020
At a time when the world is struggling with the Coronavirus pandemic, and with no cure or vaccine in site, the best we can do is to increase our body’s defences against the disease. A regular exercise routine and a proper diet is very important to fight the disease.

However, the sedentary lifestyle and wrong eating habits have been the biggest hindrance in building a strong immunity and the only way to restore and revive your immune system is by going natural. One of the best ways to boosting immunity is by adding fruits and veggies to your diet that will give your body the right dose of proteins and vitamins.

FotoJet (35)

Why our body needs the right dose of proteins and vitamins?

While we are confined to the house, it is important we maintain a regular routine which includes daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, maintaining good gut health, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress levels.

Our immune system works as the frontline defence mechanism against disease-causing microorganisms and protects us from all viruses and microbes that our body is exposed to. A healthy lifestyle along with a well-balanced diet containing all the essential macro and micronutrients is vital for optimal functioning and maintenance of the immune system.

What makes protein so essential?

Protein is a versatile macronutrient that sustains life and has a particularly important role to play in boosting immune function. Though we all know about the importance of protein, Indians are deficient in our protein intake. On an average an individual needs 0.8-1.0g of protein per kg Ideal body weight. Recommendations may vary depending on several factors such as physical activity, age, co morbid conditions like kidney disease etc. As per the General Consumer Survey (PRODIGY) conducted in 2015, 73 percent of our population is deficient in protein intake with 93 percent of our population being unaware about their daily protein requirements.

It is important to consume good quantity and quality of protein daily for the immune system to function at its best. A quarter of our plate at every meal must be protein.

eggs

A good quality first class protein is one with high digestibility and has all the essential amino acids required by the body. Sources: all animal products like eggs, meat, fish, poultry, milk, milk products like curd, paneer, whey. Proteins that are partially lacking in one or more essential amino acids eg, cereals and pulses are called incomplete protein.

Combinations of foods such as cereal pulse combination like idli, dosa, pongal, khichdi, dal rice etc. in 4:1 proportion helps improve the quality of protein in a vegetarian meal if you are unable to meet your protein requirements through diet alone, protein powders containing good quality protein can be included to bridge the gap. You can consult a qualified dietician to plan a diet tailor made to meet your protein and nutrient requirements.


Vitamins that help in boosting immunity

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an anti-inflammatory vitamin and plays a critical role in enhancing immunity. Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A which when ingested is converted in the wall of the small intestine to vitamin A.

Sources of beta carotene-carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, dark green leafy veg, pumpkins, asparagus, mangoes, drumstick leaves.

carrot juice

Vitamin B6

Vit B6 plays an important role in supporting biochemical reactions of the immune system.

Sources: fish, poultry, nuts, chickpeas, dark green leafy veg, bananas, papayas.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient in the formation of healthy red blood cells and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 along with folic acid plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system.

Sources: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.

FotoJet (34)

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant known to boost immunity. It also helps in the regeneration of Vitamin E.

Sources: Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, orange, sweet lime, lemon, bell peppers, berries, red amaranth leaves, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, broccoli, etc.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential to immune function and helps regulate the body’s immune response. You can get your dose of Vit D by standing in sunlight either on your terrace or balcony without sunscreen during the day preferably between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If your levels of Vit D are low, consult your physician who may suggest a Vit D supplement.

Sources: Egg Yolk, cod liver oil, mushrooms, sardines, fatty fish.

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in regulating and supporting immune system function. It prevents oxidation of Beta Carotene and Vit A in the intestine.

Sources: nuts such as almonds, pistachios, seeds like sunflower seeds, flax seeds, garden cress seeds In addition to protein and vitamins, certain minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium along with omega 3 fats play a key role in boosting immunity.

Other spices and herbs for a strong immunity

We can also give our immune system a boost by adding anti-viral foods easily available in our kitchen like garlic, fennel, ginger, cloves, tulsi, turmeric and coconut oil.

ginger

Making simple tweaks to your diet by including immune boosting nutrients to help to fight infections. Lastly, do not forget to maintain hygiene by washing hands regularly, wear masks when out maintain physical distancing.

(Sheryl Salis (RD, CDE, CPT, CISSN, ND, MDHA) is a Registered Dietician, Certified Diabetes Educator and Founder of Nurture Health Solutions)

Coronavirus: Best sources of protein, essential vitamins for immunity

Coronavirus: Best sources of protein, essential vitamins for immunity

  • July 27, 2020
At a time when the world is struggling with the Coronavirus pandemic, and with no cure or vaccine in site, the best we can do is to increase our body’s defences against the disease. A regular exercise routine and a proper diet is very important to fight the disease.

However, the sedentary lifestyle and wrong eating habits have been the biggest hindrance in building a strong immunity and the only way to restore and revive your immune system is by going natural. One of the best ways to boosting immunity is by adding fruits and veggies to your diet that will give your body the right dose of proteins and vitamins.

Why our body needs the right dose of proteins and vitamins?

While we are confined to the house, it is important we maintain a regular routine which includes daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, maintaining good gut health, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress levels.

Our immune system works as the frontline defence mechanism against disease-causing microorganisms and protects us from all viruses and microbes that our body is exposed to. A healthy lifestyle along with a well-balanced diet containing all the essential macro and micronutrients is vital for optimal functioning and maintenance of the immune system.

What makes protein so essential?
Protein is a versatile macronutrient that sustains life and has a particularly important role to play in boosting immune function. Though we all know about the importance of protein, Indians are deficient in our protein intake. On an average an individual needs 0.8-1.0g of protein per kg Ideal body weight. Recommendations may vary depending on several factors such as physical activity, age, co morbid conditions like kidney disease etc. As per the General Consumer Survey (PRODIGY) conducted in 2015, 73 percent of our population is deficient in protein intake with 93 percent of our population being unaware about their daily protein requirements.

It is important to consume good quantity and quality of protein daily for the immune system to function at its best. A quarter of our plate at every meal must be protein.

A good quality first class protein is one with high digestibility and has all the essential amino acids required by the body. Sources: all animal products like eggs, meat, fish, poultry, milk, milk products like curd, paneer, whey. Proteins that are partially lacking in one or more essential amino acids eg, cereals and pulses are called incomplete protein.

Combinations of foods such as cereal pulse combination like idli, dosa, pongal, khichdi, dal rice etc. in 4:1 proportion helps improve the quality of protein in a vegetarian meal if you are unable to meet your protein requirements through diet alone, protein powders containing good quality protein can be included to bridge the gap. You can consult a qualified dietician to plan a diet tailor made to meet your protein and nutrient requirements.

Vitamins that help in boosting immunity


Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an anti-inflammatory vitamin and plays a critical role in enhancing immunity. Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A which when ingested is converted in the wall of the small intestine to vitamin A.

Sources of beta carotene-carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, dark green leafy veg, pumpkins, asparagus, mangoes, drumstick leaves.

Vitamin B6
Vit B6 plays an important role in supporting biochemical reactions of the immune system.

Sources: fish, poultry, nuts, chickpeas, dark green leafy veg, bananas, papayas.

Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient in the formation of healthy red blood cells and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 along with folic acid plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system.

Sources: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant known to boost immunity. It also helps in the regeneration of Vitamin E.

Sources: Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, orange, sweet lime, lemon, bell peppers, berries, red amaranth leaves, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, broccoli, etc.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential to immune function and helps regulate the body’s immune response. You can get your dose of Vit D by standing in sunlight either on your terrace or balcony without sunscreen during the day preferably between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If your levels of Vit D are low, consult your physician who may suggest a Vit D supplement.

Sources: Egg Yolk, cod liver oil, mushrooms, sardines, fatty fish.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in regulating and supporting immune system function. It prevents oxidation of Beta Carotene and Vit A in the intestine.

Sources: nuts such as almonds, pistachios, seeds like sunflower seeds, flax seeds, garden cress seeds In addition to protein and vitamins, certain minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium along with omega 3 fats play a key role in boosting immunity.

Other spices and herbs for a strong immunity

We can also give our immune system a boost by adding anti-viral foods easily available in our kitchen like garlic, fennel, ginger, cloves, tulsi, turmeric and coconut oil.

Making simple tweaks to your diet by including immune boosting nutrients to help to fight infections. Lastly, do not forget to maintain hygiene by washing hands regularly, wear masks when out maintain physical distancing.

5 lifestyle changes towards building immunity

Pump up the protein and vitamins in your diet

  • July 26, 2020

By Sheryl Salis

New Delhi, Jul 26 (IANSlife): As we face this global pandemic, it is important that we stay indoors. maintain physical distancing and focus on building a strong immune system which is a crucial shield against infections.

While we are confined to the house, it is important we maintain a regular routine which includes daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, maintaining good gut health, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress levels.

Our immune system works as the frontline defence mechanism against disease-causing microorganisms and protects us from all viruses and microbes that our body is exposed to. A healthy lifestyle along with a well-balanced diet containing all the essential macro and micronutrients is vital for optimal functioning and maintenance of the immune system.

Protein is a versatile macronutrient that sustains life and has a particularly important role to play in boosting immune function. Though we all know about the importance of protein, Indians are deficient in our protein intake. On average an individual needs 0.8-1.0g of protein per kg ideal body weight. Recommendations may vary depending on several factors such as physical activity, age, comorbid conditions like kidney disease etc. As per the General Consumer Survey (PRODIGY) conducted in 2015, 73 per cent of our population is deficient in protein intake with 93 per cent of our population being unaware of their daily protein requirements.

It is important to consume good quantity and quality of protein daily for the immune system to function at its best. A quarter of our plate at every meal must be protein.

A good quality first-class protein is one with high digestibility and has all the essential amino acids required by the body. Sources: all animal products like eggs, meat, fish, poultry, milk, milk products like curd, paneer, whey. Proteins that are partially lacking in one or more essential amino acids eg, cereals and pulses are called incomplete protein.

Combinations of foods such as cereal pulse combination like idli, dosa, Pongal, khichdi, dal rice etc. in 4:1 proportion helps improve the quality of protein in a vegetarian meal if you are unable to meet your protein requirements through diet alone, protein powders containing good quality protein can be included to bridge the gap. You can consult a qualified dietician to plan a diet tailor-made to meet your protein and nutrient requirements.

vitamins which help boost immunity

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an anti-inflammatory vitamin and plays a critical role in enhancing immunity. Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A which when ingested is converted in the wall of the small intestine to vitamin A.

Sources of beta carotene-carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, dark green leafy veg, pumpkins, asparagus, mangoes, drumstick leaves.

Vitamin B6

Vit B6 plays an important role in supporting biochemical reactions of the immune system.

Sources: fish, poultry, nuts, chickpeas, dark green leafy veg, bananas, papayas.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient in the formation of healthy red blood cells and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B12 along with folic acid plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy immune system.

Sources: fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant known to boost immunity. It also helps in the regeneration of Vitamin E.

Sources: Indian gooseberry (amla), guava, orange, sweet lime, lemon, bell peppers, berries, red amaranth leaves, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, broccoli, etc.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential to immune function and helps regulate the body’s immune response. You can get your dose of Vit D by standing in sunlight either on your terrace or balcony without sunscreen during the day preferably between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If your levels of Vit D are low, consult your physician who may suggest a Vit D supplement.

Sources: Egg Yolk, cod liver oil, mushrooms, sardines, fatty fish

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in regulating and supporting immune system function. It prevents oxidation of Beta Carotene and Vit A in the intestine.

Sources: nuts such as almonds, pistachios, seeds like sunflower seeds, flax seeds, garden cress seeds In addition to protein and vitamins, certain minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium along with omega 3 fats play a key role in boosting immunity.

We can also give our immune system a boost by adding anti-viral foods easily available in our kitchen like garlic, fennel, ginger, cloves, tulsi, turmeric and coconut oil.

Making simple tweaks to your diet by including immune-boosting nutrients to help to fight infections. Lastly, do not forget to maintain hygiene by washing hands regularly, wear masks when out maintain physical distancing.

 

 

Bottle of California Gold Nutrition Omega 800 Fish Oil alongside two loose softgel capsules.

Best Immunity Boosters from iHerb

  • July 20, 2020
This article is sponsored by iHerb.
Sponsor Logo


Give Your Immune System a Healthy Boost With iHerb

The AskMen editorial team thoroughly researches & reviews the best gear, services and staples for life. AskMen may get paid if you click a link in this article and buy a product or service.


Product photos from retailer site.


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.

$8 at iHerb.com

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.

$15 at iHerb.com

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. 

$14 at iHerb.com

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.

$11 at iHerb.com

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.

$18 at iHerb.com

See more at iHerb.com.

More Ways to Boost Your Immunity:


AskMen may get paid if you click a link in this article and buy a product or service. To find out more, please read our complete
terms of use.

New Supplements Designed to Improve Gut Health Through Digestive Enzyme Blends

New Supplements Designed to Improve Gut Health Through Digestive Enzyme Blends

  • July 14, 2020
FRISKA, a new health and wellness brand will launch 10 innovative dietary supplements available nationwide focused on improving gut health, a key component to overall health and well-being.  Based on the insight that 70-80% of your body’s immune cells reside in your gut, FRISKA’s proprietary blend of digestive enzymes and a clinically-proven probiotic anchor each of the unique formulations. While the benefits of probiotics are widely known, the power of enzymes is often overlooked.

Digestive enzymes are biologically active proteins that perform vital functions, like breaking down food, eliminating toxins, and even building muscle. They also facilitate important chemical reactions in our bodies— like converting carbs to energy. Many digestive enzymes are produced naturally in our bodies with the help of a number of important organs, including the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and liver. However, some healthy people, as well as those with certain medical conditions, may become deficient in these enzymes over time.

“FRISKA was inspired by my personal desire to help others improve their health,” said FRISKA founder John Peine. “After experiencing my own health scare I began researching enzymes and probiotic spores as a way to improve gut health. I spent over a decade in the retail industry so I knew that the solution had to be easy and the product must work.” 

Prior to founding FRISKA, Peine spent 15 years at Target as an executive in their merchandising ranks. “FRISKA was born out of my own belief that good health is for everyone. Whether you are just starting your wellness journey or you are an accomplished wellness warrior, these innovative products will help you along the way.”

FRISKA also enlisted the help of Dr. Gregory Bernstein, an accomplished Gastroenterologist known as the ‘Seattle Gut Doctor.’ 

According to Dr. Bernstein, “Now, more than ever, we are increasingly aware of the essential role of a healthy gut. This includes proper nutrition, a balance of good gut bacteria and optimal digestive enzyme function. Digestive health is key not only in feeling good but also to help prevent the development of various infections by boosting your body’s natural immunity. Additionally, a healthy gut helps prevent and manage a variety of medical conditions, ranging from diabetes to depression and so much more.”

The FRISKA portfolio consists of 10 proprietary enzyme blends combined with potent probiotics that are condition-specific including:
 

  • Immunity Boost to help break down food and support the body’s immune system
  • Mood Boost to break down nature’s three major energy sources—carbohydrates, proteins, and fats—while boosting mood and sapping stress
  • Energy Boost to help break down and digest nature’s three major energy sources – carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Organic caffeine, extracted from organic green coffee beans, is also included to rev up your energy
  • Nightly Reboot to facilitate food breakdown and promote healthy digestion. Melatonin and chamomile—both known for their ability to improve sleep—are also included to encourage nighttime rest and relaxation.
  • Dairy Ease to help break down hard-to-digest sugars and proteins found in dairy
  • Carb Ease to help break down complex carbohydrates
  • Keto Boost to help break down and process food while boosting the body’s natural immune function. Aloe vera and amla extract—both known for their anti-inflammatory properties—are also included to help soothe symptoms associated with a ketogenic diet, like heartburn and constipation.
  • Gluten Ease to help break down hard-to-digest proteins and carbs in gluten-containing foods. Marshmallow root, ginger root, and fennel seed powder are also included to help treat symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity.
  • Women’s Daily to promote healthy digestion while improving immune function and overall mood. Cranberry extract, biotin, and vitamin D are also included to address ailments and deficiencies prevalent in adult women.
  • Men’s Daily to aid in the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats while boosting your immune system. The addition of lactase, which is commonly deficient in adult men, helps to break down the sugar found in dairy products. Vitamin B6 and B12 are also included to promote overall well-being.

FRISKA’s premium quality doesn’t stop with the product. The finished product is a month’s supply packaged in a cobalt blue glass bottle within a modern paperboard tube that is recyclable and biodegradable.

FRISKA launched in May at CVS Pharmacy, CVS.com, Whole Foods stores nationwide  as well as Amazon, retailing at $29.99. For more information on FRISKA, visit www.getfriska.com or follow the brand on social @get_friska.

ABOUT THE FRISKA BRAND
The idea for FRISKA started with founder John Peine’s search for answers to his own health issues and the belief that a healthy gut is key to your health and well-being. What he found was that while the benefits of probiotics are widely known, the power of enzymes is often overlooked. Digestive enzymes are biologically active proteins that perform vital functions, like breaking down food, eliminating toxins, and even building muscle.

They also facilitate important chemical reactions in our bodies—think converting carbs to energy. Many digestive enzymes are produced naturally in our bodies with the help of a number of important organs, including the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and liver. However, some healthy people, as well as those with certain medical conditions, may become deficient in these enzymes over time. Some symptoms of this deficiency include diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. FRISKA’S proprietary enzyme blends help ensure you’re maintaining healthy enzyme levels for optimum gut health. So meet your belly’s new BFF and create healthier habits.

SOURCE: FRISKA

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!