It’s that time of year again where anywhere you go, the sounds of coughing and sneezing follow.
Our immune system is actually very complicated, made up of hundreds of different types of cells working in tandem to keep us healthy.
Dr Dick Middleton, pharmacist and director of the British Herbal Medicine Association stresses the importance in “eating a balanced diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables.” He continues, “not getting enough sleep, stress, smoking and alcohol consumption will lead to a less active and efficient immune response.”
Certain vitamins and minerals such turmeric, oregano, cayenne, shiitake mushroom, garlic, cinnamon, and broccoli (to name but a few) have beneficial properties but you can also take daily infection-fighting supplements to counteract deficiencies and fight illnesses before they begin.
Mike Wakeman, a clinical pharmacistâ, explains, “Of particular interest are Vitamins A and C, and especially vitamin D-levels of which are particularly low at this time of year as well as minerals such as selenium and zinc”. Dr Middleton confirms, “Studies have shown that zinc, taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, can shorten the duration of colds.” He also adds, “Echinacea is a useful herb for adults, as it helps to boost the immune system, thereby reducing the likelihood of colds and other respiratory infections.”
Defend against seasonal disease-causing microorganisms with our selection of supplements designed to improve antibody response and keep your immune system healthy and balanced.
Always consult your doctor to ensure it is safe to take these supplements alongside any other medication.
Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared Max Strength 20 Capsules
The Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared supplement is nutritionist recommended to help you replenish vitamins that might be missing from your diet. Immunity boosting properties include bee propolis to fight infection, black elderberry to help treat cold and flu symptoms, olive leaf, beta glucans, astaxanthin (a powerful antioxidant) and reishi mushroom. When you are feeling rundown or sense an illness coming on, take one capsule daily and up to four a day to speed up your recovery.
Purearth Immunity Pack
Packed with ginger, probiotics, oil of oregano (which help target the sinuses) a high dose of vitamin C, B2 and B12 — the Immunity Pack from Purearth is deliciously designed to help strengthen your immune system. You can purchase single cold pressed juices or opt for a variety of one-off bundles and subscriptions.
Holland & Barrett Vitamin D3 250 Tablets 25ug
When you live in Britain and sunshine is in short supply, we could all likely do with an extra dose of vitamin D. But if you don’t have the funds to head to warmer climates, the next best thing is a supplement containing the much-needed vitamin. The benefits of vitamin D can help support your immune system and maintain the natural function of your bone and muscle health. While it can be found in plants like mushrooms as well as foods like fish, eggs and juices, if you are deficient, a vitamin D supplement is a good choice.
Sambucol Immuno Forte 30 capsules
These capsules are designed to support your immune system and prevent sniffles from becoming the full on flu. Made from a blend of vitamin C and zinc, they also contain black elderberries which are prepped in Sambucol to maximise their health benefits. The Immuno Forte capsules are vegan and have a surprisingly tasty flavour, adults can take two capsules daily (one for children) and should be consumed with food.
Vitabiotics Immunace Extra Protection - 30 Tablets
Take one of the Vitabiotics Immunace a day to make the most of the added antioxidants and essential nutrients. Designed to take daily, the tablets contain vitamins A, C, D and E a well as botanical extracts and amino acids. If you are always getting ill or feel constantly rundown, it will help safeguard you, protect cells from oxidative stress and help with the normal function of the immune system.
Holland & Barrett High Strength Zinc 100 Tablets 15mg
As suggested by the professionals, zinc is a great immune system booster. If your cold keeps coming back, it could be due to a zinc deficiency. Take one a day at the first signs of a cold to assist your system and prevent your illness from progressing.
KIKI Health Organic Spirulina Powder
Spirulina was used by the Aztecs to boost strength and stamina but it can benefit both the body and mind. This KIKI Health powder is loaded with valuable nutrients and antioxidants like iron, vitamin A,B and K that help counteract fatigue and strengthen your body’s immunity. Add two teaspoons of the powder to your smoothie, juice or sprinkle on your breakfast to make the most of the protein-packed product. It is made up of 65 per cent plant-based protein and is certified organic.
1000 MGO 250g
The benefits of Manuka Honey include treating wounds, sore throats, digestive issues and a whole host of other soothing and healing properties. It has antibacterial properties, while also being anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Manuka Doctor’s 1000 MGO option is made from 100 per cent New Zealand MÄnuka Honey from 60,000 hives across the North and South of the islands. Eat a tasty spoonful directly or add into a smoothie or tea to fight against nasty viruses.
The MGO or methylglyoxal refers to potency of the product and the naturally occurring antibacterial effect that is used as a type a grading for the honey. This is one of the highest and thus is reflected in the price. For a cheaper alternative try this MGO70 variation.
Holland & Barrett Echinacea Cold & Flu 60 Capsules 140mg
When you are feeling ropey with a never ending cold or one that seems to be keep coming back, taking an Echinacea supplement may be a good place to start. The traditional herbal medicinal product has been used for centuries to strengthen the body’s defence against germs. It is a natural solution that helps relives symptoms and duration of colds and influenza infections. Take one capsule twice daily at the first sign of a cold.
Daily Essentials + Immune Support
Anatome create this daily supplement specifically targeted for men that provides vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body may be lacking. It is made up of Complex B vitamins, a blend of Bioflavonoids, Bromelain and amino acids Glutamic Acid (Glutamine) and Lysine to give support both physically and mentally. Take once daily to make the most of the extensive benefits that include muscle recovery and strengthened immune defence.
Bear Protect Supplement
Austalian-born label Bear is the supplement brand you need on your radar. The Protect capsules in particular are ideal for immune support. Containing the infection-fighting combination of vitamin A and echinacea to defend against flu; vegan, gluten-free and sourced from small-scale farms, co-operatives and leading laboratories.