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Vitamins, Minerals & Herbals for Immune Support

Vitamins, Minerals & Herbals for Immune Support

At this time, it’s more important than ever to give yourself and your immune system extra support.

A Healthy Diet is Key to Support Your Immune System

 

We know, it’s hard! Here are some tips:

 

  • Try to stick to your normal eating routine
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Consume adequate protein every day
  • Choose clean, quality protein such as organic chicken, turkey, and fresh fish such as salmon
  • Include plenty of fresh organic fruits and veggies for vitamins, minerals and fibre
  • Have a quality, organic protein shake using Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, Raw Organic Fit or Raw Organic Meal Powder

 

Microbiome Supplements for a Healthy Immune System

 

With about 70-80% of our immune system cells located in our gastrointestinal tract, a strong immune system starts with a healthy gut.

 

Many people aren’t aware of the importance of adding good bacteria to support a healthy digestive and immune system. Give your body the support it needs with a clean, high-quality microbiome supplement.

 

Here’s what to look for:

 

  • Look for a high-potency probiotic with a high CFU count and multiple microbiome strains
  • Look for ingredients such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 and Lactobacillus fermentum

 

 

Key Vitamins & Minerals for Immune Support

 

Be sure to include a wide variety of colourful organic vegetables and fruits in your diet to get the antioxidants you need to help fight free radicals and boost that immune system.

 

All vitamins and minerals are important, but we are going to focus on three that you want to be sure you are getting enough of, especially during this time:

Vitamin C

 

No surprise here! Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient and is a potent antioxidant to support our body’s immune defence system.

 

  • Look for foods such as organic bell peppers, kiwi, citrus fruits and broccoli
  • Try to steer clear of orange juice as it is full of sugar
  • Supplement with our delicious mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray – great for the entire family!

 

Vitamin D

 

Although vitamin D is important to support a healthy immune system, it’s highly unlikely that you have optimal levels of it in your blood unless you are supplementing.

 

 

Zinc

 

Zinc is an essential mineral that can play a key role in immune function and protein synthesis. It’s primarily found in meat so for vegans and vegetarians, zinc supplementation is recommended.

 

  • Look for grass-fed meat which is high in bioavailable zinc
  • Vegans and vegetarians may have a higher need for supplementation
  • Supplement with our Vitamin Code Raw Vegan Zinc Capsules for those needing an extra boost

 

 

Herbals that Support a Healthy Immune System

 

Herbals have been used for medicinal purposes since the days of ancient Egyptians, when people became aware of their benefits. We’re going to focus on two herbals you want in your medicine cabinet to help support a healthy immune system.

Elderberry

 

Elderberries are rich in polyphenols, which can help to support the immune system.

 

Include berries of all kinds – especially organic elderberries – in your diet.

 

 

Oil of Oregano

 

Oregano oil is high in phenols (thymol and carvacrol), which are believed to have beneficial antioxidant effects.

 

  • Has been used as a traditional medicine for over 2,000 years
  • Get into the habit of carrying oregano oil with you at all times, but only use at the very first sign of sniffles or a cold
  • Try mykind Organics Oil of Oregano Drops (only 6 drops per day taken in a glass of water between meals)

 

 

Discover how the right nutrition can also help to support a healthy immune system:

 

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2020-04-06 14:35:15By Garden of Life



Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc

Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc

Writer and expert

Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, MSc, is a Registered and Accredited Sports Dietitian with over 30 years’ experience as a nutritionist. She is Chief Dietitian to the Lawn Tennis Association, Lecturer for the Sports Nutrition Foundation, and Senior Director of Nutritional Science at Garden of Life.