The kids go back to school, the temperature starts to drop and, almost overnight, you go from energetic and active to sick and fatigued. But the end of summer doesn't have to mean the start of your cold and flu season. There are natural ways to arm your body to fight off infections before they can make you sick.
Here are five of our best-selling supplements to give your immune system a hard kick into high gear:
1. Solaray Two-Stage, Timed-Release Vitamin C 1,000 mg -- 100 VCaps for $6.68
Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients our bodies need on a daily basis to remain healthy. Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant, protecting the body from the potential oxidative stress and damage of free radicals. This supplement from Solaray is designed to release half of its vitamin C content shortly after ingesting it and the other half over a period of up to 12 hours. Vitamin C also supports healthy bones, cartilage and the central nervous system. This supplement is available in larger quantities and in tablet form.
2. Now L-OptiZinc 30 mg -- 100 Caps for $4.39
Zinc is an essential mineral that supports a strong immune system response to combat infection and illness. Once ingested, zinc helps fight off pathogens and is particularly useful when it comes to the common cold or flu. Methionine has been added to this supplement to help the body properly absorb and utilize the 30 mg of zinc, along with copper, which supports zinc's immunity-boosting actions. You only need one capsule daily to help you fight off viral and bacterial infections and keep the immune system heightened.
3. Bio Nutrition Black Raspberry Fruit Extract 500 mg -- 60 Caps for $9.95
These amazing berries are packed with antioxidants like anthocyanins and phenols that protect the cells, tissues and organs of the body against free radical damage and limit oxidative stress. Black raspberries are only grown in Oregon for a short amount of time each year, which makes a supplement especially useful to get their amazing antioxidant benefits. These berries also contain vitamins A, C and E as well as calcium and folic acid. Black raspberry, as a medicinal ingredient, was also featured on "The Dr. Oz Show" as a natural way to prevent cancer.
4. Olympian Labs Self Heal Formula -- 120 VCaps for $35.96
This supplement from Olympian Labs contains vitamin C, zinc and a proprietary blend of herbs including bitter melon, olive leaf and acerola. All of these ingredients provide antioxidant protection and valuable support for the body's immune system response. These nutrients also fill in any gaps in the diet that can lead to an impaired immune system. This formula has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help the body fight off infection and prevent cold sores, which can be common around this time of year.
5. Larrea Biosciences LarreaRx -- 60 Caps for $43.40
The active extract of the larrea plant is virastatin, which has strong antiviral properties. When combined with 250 mg of vitamin C, this supplement provides additional antioxidant support for the entire body. Larrea also has known anti-inflammatory properties that support healthy joints and skin (making it useful for individuals with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis) as well as minor aches and pains. Taken on a daily basis, this supplement can help you feel better all around and keep the cold and flu at bay.
Don't let the changing seasons mean you stay sick and stuck indoors until next summer. Shop for these and other immune system supplements at eVitamins.
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