One of the best strategies to support your immune system is to take care of yourself with healthy habits like getting enough sleep, managing your stress and eating a well-balanced diet, including as many colorful fruits and vegetables as you can.
All those things add up to maintaining your body’s own natural defenses. But when we get busy, run down or don’t eat right, we’re likely to have some nutrient shortfalls which can affect our immune system.
Today’s lifestyles make it difficult to take care of yourself and your family. Sleep becomes a low priority when deadlines are looming. And the same goes for healthy meals. In fact, research shows that most adults fall short of consuming the 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, as recommended by the World Health Organization.
Supplements can help fill those nutrient gaps. They can also help maintain a healthy immune system, support your body’s natural resistance and help promote positive lifestyle behaviors that are key for a healthy immune system.
Ready to learn more? Here are eight immune-supporting superstars to help your body help itself, so you can be your best every day.
1. Vitamin C
One of the most well-researched vitamins for supporting a strong immune system is vitamin C. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the healthy function of your immune system.
Try Nutrilite™ Vitamin C Extended Release, which has 500 mg of vitamin C for all-day immune support.† It’s made with acerola cherries grown on one of the Nutrilite certified organic farms.
Acerola cherries are one of nature’s most concentrated forms of vitamin C. Just one serving of the Nutrilite product provides more vitamin C than seven oranges, 16 lemons, or six grapefruits! Looking for something for kids? Try Nutrilite™ Kids Chewable Vitamin C.
You could also try Nutrilite™ Twist Tubes 2GO™ – Immunity Health†, which is loaded with vitamin C.
Zinc is an essential nutrient important for the daily maintenance of your body’s natural defenses. Our bodies don’t store zinc, which means we need a daily dose.
One of the foods that is rich in zinc is dark chocolate, but we can’t live on chocolate alone. So consider a daily supplement like Nutrilite™ Immunity Defense Zinc + Holy Basil, which offers 20 mg of zinc and 400 mg of holy basil. The combination supports your respiratory health and provides daily support to your body’s natural defenses†.
Holy basil is considered a sacred plant in Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine that supports respiratory health as well as healthy immune function†. (If you get some fresh, its peppery leaves are great for spicing up your recipes, too.)
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is necessary for optimal immune function. Our body produces vitamin D when we’re exposed to the sun, but not many of us can bask in the rays all day.
Try Nutrilite™ Vitamin D with both D3 and D2 for a powerful combination. Bonus: Nutrilite Vitamin D includes mushrooms – one of nature’s most concentrated botanical sources of the nutrient – grown on a Nutricert™ certified farm.
4. Daily multi-vitamin
Essential vitamins and minerals are critical for maintaining basic immune system health.
Add a daily supplement for you (and your little ones), like Nutrilite™ Daily and Nutrilite™ Kids Chewable Daily, to help fill nutritional gaps and give your body the extra antioxidant vitamin and mineral support needed to fight off oxidative stress†.
5. A phytonutrient supplement
Phytonutrient support is also a key part of maintaining your immune system. Phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, are what give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. They also act as a defense mechanism to protect plants from their environment and are thought to provide similar antioxidant benefits for people.
Nutrilite™ Double X™ Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient Supplement is a power-packed supplement to help support a healthy heart, brain, eyes, skin, bones – and yes, the immune system.†
Nutrilite Double X provides phytonutrients from every color on the spectrum and 22 essential vitamins and minerals, including 222 percent of the recommended daily serving of vitamin C, 100 percent of vitamin D and 360 percent of vitamin E. Those phytonutrients offer broad and targeted antioxidant protection, helping your body proactively defend against the excess free radicals that cause oxidative stress†.
6. Vitamin E
Another powerful antioxidant is vitamin E, which provides antioxidant protection from free radicals and supports cellular health in your body†.
Looking for a recommendation? Try Nutrilite™ Chewable Vitamin E with lecithin, which makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrient.
Many people reach for echinacea to help support the body’s defense system —and for good reason. Echinacea is widely used by people around the world to support the body’s natural resistance†.
Nutrilite™ Immunity Echinacea is guaranteed for purity and potency and uses echinacea derived from plants grown on Nutrilite organic farms. It has a unique triple blend of extracts clinically tested to support immune function.†
It’s great when you want to give your body’s natural resistance some added support.
Supporting a healthy digestion system supports a healthy immune system. Why? About 70 percent of your body’s immunity happens in the cells in your gut.
It’s also the place where you absorb all the nutrients we just recommended, so it’s important to keep your gut running smoothly. Try adding Nutrilite™ Balance Within Probiotic on-the-go stick packets to your food or drink for immunity and digestion support†. (It has as many probiotics as a full seven bottles of kombucha!)
For kids, we recommend Nutrilite™ Kids Chewable Probiotic. You can also pair your probiotic with Nutrilite™ Fiber Powder to support gastrointestinal health and good gut balance†.
Your body is a complex system and keeping it in balance is key. Give your healthy diet some assistance with these supplements to support your immune system and overall health and wellness. Check out the products at Amway.com or Amway.ca and find more healthy living tips at Amway Connections.
† This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.