With winter on our doorstep, I have been flooded with questions regarding Immune Boosters and products to support winter illness symptoms.
So just for you, I have put together a list of my favourites that I personally use during the winter months. This article has suggestions for adults, teenagers and some older children. A follow up article will be released shortly detailing the options for children of all ages.
We all know Vitamin C would be the most important immune booster and support, and it is already suggested as your daily supplement in the VitaSoul 3 Basics. During illness, you would mega dose it along with the suggested products below. Many knowledgeable medical experts such as; Dr Humphries, Dr Klenner and Dr Levy, have explained why taking this vitamin in larger doses will impact general health and combat many illnesses and disease. Dr Klenner has a ratio that works out your maximum dose per day and Dr Humphries even goes as far as to suggest mega dosing till bowel intolerance. Vitamin C is water soluble; this means you will excrete what is not needed. When you have reached that intolerance level, you have had enough and its therapeutic dosage will work. The safest forms of Vitamin C to use when mega dosing, would be Liposomal Vitamin C, Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate as per the medical fraternity mentioned above.
Immune Boosters are great addition to your VitaSoul 3 Basics. They can be used during the winter months and those in-between seasonal changes to try and prevent illness. Here are a few of my favourites that can be used as daily immune boosters and also at onset of illness.
Products featured: AMOrganic E-mune, Good Health Viralex
AMOrganic E-mune is also an everyday immune booster that was developed for poor or compromised immune systems and is designed to reboot the immune system and promote rapid natural healing and new tissue growth as well as to protect the body against hormonal imbalance from plastics and chemicals. Its two main ingredients are Colostrum and Ganoderma.
The Colostrum in E-mune is derived from organically fed hormone-free and antibiotic-free cows. Its benefits include: Develops, activates, strengthens and modulates the immune system. Kills viruses, bacteria and fungi (candida), and restores healthy intestinal flora. Speeds up healing from injury or disease. Boosts HGH (human growth hormone). Retards or reverses premature ageing. Reduces allergies. Rejuvenates tissue, nerve, skin, muscle, cartilage and helps increase bone density. Improves muscle mass/fat ratio. Improves mood. Increases stamina and endurance.
The Ganoderma benefits are wide and varied and include: It works on the body at a cellular level to improve one’s health and general well-being. It has Cardiovascular benefits. Immune benefits. It regulates the Blood Sugar balance. It has Anti-inflammatory effects. It is a known Liver protector that aides Oxygenation throughout the cells. As you can see the combination of the two active ingredients lead to a super powerful immune booster.
Good Health Viralex is an everyday immune support booster from 6 years of age to adults. It supports the immune system against viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. Key ingredients are ProOlive Leaf Extract, which studies show has a direct effect on immune system function; Beta Glucan for rapid immune support, and Astragalus to restore immunity. Viralex is a comprehensive formula designed to strengthen the body’s defences and support the immune system. Guaranteed to have the most potent set of active ingredients for better results. Well known as an effective combination of herbs to build up a depleted immune system, stimulate & activate the immune system, boosts immunity and protect against ills & chills.
Products featured: Good Health Pro Olive, Viridian’s 100% Organic Echinacea Tincture
Good Health Pro Olive contains high strength Olive Leaf, sourced fresh, providing 140mg of the active compound Oleuropein. Olive Leaf is traditionally known for supporting a healthy immune system and is ideal to take every day to ensure optimal immune support. Olive Leaf extract has also been used to support a healthy cardiovascular system and provides strong antioxidant properties and may help reduce LDL cholesterol and prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Olive leaf extract has also shown to support healthy blood sugar levels due to its hypoglycaemic actions. It is well known for winter immune support and fights all viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections.
Viridian’s 100% Organic Echinacea Tincture is made with the whole fresh Echinacea purpurea plant. It is suggested for onset of and during illness. It is recommended for children over the age of 12 years to adults. Echinacea has been used traditionally in herbal medicine to fight off upper respiratory tract infections, relieve cold symptoms, and shorten the duration of colds and flu. The herb encourages the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses, infections, and conditions.
Winter Vitamins & Minerals
Products featured: Better You D-Lux1000, Viridian Balanced Zinc
With the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the ‘Winter Blues’… you need Vitamin D to give you the boost you need. 90% of our essential Vitamin D must come from our skin’s unprotected exposure to the sun, however during the winter months the sun’s ultraviolet rays are not strong enough for the body to synthesise into Vitamin D. So that’s when we need the extra support. Better You D-Lux1000 is a convenient daily oral Vitamin D spray. Specially formulated to deliver Vitamin D directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system. The plume of tiny droplets absorbs quickly in the mouth providing exceptional Vitamin D absorption. Each spray delivers 1000IU (25μg) of bioavailable Vitamin D3. Supports bones, teeth and a healthy immune system. 100% natural peppermint flavouring. 100 daily doses per bottle. Vitamin D helps in the maintenance of bones and teeth, supports a normal, healthy immune system and contributes to a normal muscle function.
Taking Zinc during Winter can decrease the length of a cold. Zinc also prevents viruses from attaching to cells in the nasal passage and therefore stops them from entering the body. What’s more, it plays an important role in antibody production too. Viridian Balanced Zinc is a highly absorbable, synergistic balance of Zinc and other key nutrients involved in immune maintenance and beauty. Includes vitamin A and Copper for optimum absorption and utilisation. Zinc aids in the maintenance of bones, vision, skin, nails and hair. Copper contributes to normal hair and skin pigmentation. This combination makes for an awesome Vitamin & Mineral Immune Booster.
The Good Health Trio
Yes I purposefully left the best for last! The most frequent question I get…
“Lucy, what do you use during illness?”
I have my tried and tested Trio and I use that along with Lipolife Vitamin C. I find this combination hits the sweet spot each time for an illness and either keeps it at bay or gets us through it easily. Not all the products can be used for all ages, but you can use them all effectively from 6 years and up. It’s really quite simple and here they are…
Products featured: Good Health Vitamin C Plus, Good Health Viralex Attack, Good Health CongestX
Good Health Vitamin C Plus is more than just a Vitamin C. Vitamin C Plus Echinacea, Elderberry and Zinc is an immune protecting complex that contains key natural immune-boosting ingredients to help protect against ills and chills. The delicious chewable tablets provide year-round immune support with no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives and are suitable for the whole family. From 3 years to adults.
Good Health Viralex Attack supports a rapid immune response to challenges towards the body’s immune system. The unique ingredient EpiCor® starts working in 2 hours and along with other key ingredients; Olive Leaf, Pelargonium Root and Zinc, supports the body’s natural immune defences for optimal health and well-being. EpiCor® is clinically researched to strengthen the body’s defences by increasing antioxidant protection and supporting the immune response. EpiCor® helps to maintain a healthy immune system by supporting the body’s ability to initiate the proper immune response at the appropriate time and it starts working in only 2 hours. EpiCor® is a registered trademark of Embria Health Sciences, LLC. Recommended for Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI). Provides rapid immune defence against a broad range of ills and chills. Unique, exclusive ingredient that starts working in just two hours to support the body’s defences by increasing antioxidant protection and supporting the immune response. Contains effective, well-known ingredients that help fight ills and chills and support the immune system. Supportive use for Herpes virus – Cold Sores, Shingles, Genital Herpes, Glandular Fever, Epstein Barr Virus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parasites, Candida, (Thrush), Athletes Foot, Nail Infections, Jock Itch and Gastritis – from Helicobacter Pylori. For children 6 years to adults.
Good Health CongestX contains a blend of key herbs and nutrients, including Horseradish and Fenugreek to soothe and clear respiratory passages. Echinacea, Garlic and Vitamin C provide optimal support for immune system function for winter wellness. With Horseradish, Fenugreek, and Garlic to target mucous congestion. Echinacea for broad spectrum immune support. It treats seasonal and non-seasonal allergies/sinus and is support for colds and flu. For children 4 years to adults.
So now what…
You can apply the above with immune boosting, but with illnesses please always get a diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you are not dealing with a dangerous bacterial infection. The herbal options above are suggested as support for easy to handle viral colds or flus that can be managed at home. You can also contact me via Ask Lucy so I can hear your concerns and assist you in finding the right product or medical professional. I am not a medical professional but offer a wealth of knowledge, understanding and empathy to all situations. I also have a vast network of professionals I deal with on a day to day basis to ensure that you receive only the best information.
Yours in health & love,
Lucy Kues (VitaSoul Founder)