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May 14, 2020

8 Supplements to Support Your Immune System During COVID-19

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Looking to boost your immune system as the world slowly reopens?

You should be!

Having recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that stemmed from an acute viral infection(s), I’ve learned how deficient we are in many micronutrients and amino acids. Unfortunately, we do not get what we need from the typical “American Diet.

With the pandemic continuing to affect our lives, and with cold and flu season just around the corner, I want to share with you some supplements to help support and optimize your immune system. My list is based on mounting research and evidence supporting their efficacy, which I highlight in my discounted certified online dispensary with Fullscript (20% off everything). 

Studies show that low levels of NAC and Glutathione (along with other pre-existing conditions) have resulted in severe COVID-19 infections. There is also heavily supported evidence on the efficacy of Vitamins C, D3, and Zinc as immune boosters.

Let’s explore the functions and benefits of these supplements one by one.

N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine (NAC)

N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine (NAC) provides cellular antioxidant support and promotes explicitly healthy lung tissue. N-Acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) is a free radical scavenger that is a byproduct and supports glutathione levels in tissues.

  • Supports cellular antioxidant defense system
  • Promotes healthy lung tissue
  • Used to treat conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Reduces inflammation 

Glutathione

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in cells. It’s mainly composed of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine. It’s used to treat conditions such as: 

  • Treats asthma 
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Reduces inflammation

The value of optimizing your glutathione levels to support your immune system and stave off respiratory infections is quite evident, as glutathione levels may be reduced by:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Environmental toxins
  • Stress
  • Levels decline with age
  • Poor sleep and insomnia 

Several studies indicate that higher levels of glutathione may improve an individual’s responsiveness to viral infections. Endogenous glutathione deficiency appears to be a crucial factor enhancing SARS-CoV-2-induced oxidative damage of the lung and, as a result, leads to severe manifestations, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiorgan failure, and death in COVID-19 patients.

Multiple published studies describe the absorption and functional properties of ReadiSorb Liposomal Glutathione.

Zinc

Zinc is designed to support the body’s natural defense system, enhances digestion and metabolism of essential vitamins (for example, it affects normal absorption and the actions of B vitamins), minerals, carbohydrates, and other essential nutrients. It is considered an “essential trace element” because minimal amounts are necessary for optimal health. 

  • Supports immune system function
  • Promotes reproductive health

Vitamins for the Immune System

Vitamin D

Vitamin D3 has long played a role in immune health; vitamin D receptors are found on several immune cells, supporting healthy immune cell activation.

  • Supports immune system function
  • Promotes cellular support 

Vitamin C

Liposomal Vitamin C delivers optimal absorption and bioavailability. It also provides the following protective factors: 

  • Antioxidant protection
  • Immune support
  • Supports the production of healthy connective tissue and collagen

Super Herbs with Anti-viral Properties

Immune Support by Vital Nutrients

  • Maintains a healthy immune system during times of stress
  • Supports macrophages
  • Promotes antibody production

“Immune Support” is a combination of adaptogenic and nutritive herbs traditionally used to support the immune system. 

Astragalus Root Extract … 400mg
Echinacea purpurea Root Extract … 200mg
Atractylodes Root Extract … 200mg
(bai-zhu atractylodes)
Siler Root Extract … 200mg
Isatis tinctoria Root Extract … 100mg
Ginger Root Extract … 100mg
Licorice Root Extract … 100mg

Pro-Flora™ Immune/Probiotic Pearls

Pro-Flora Immune/Probiotic Pearls by Integrative Therapeutics offers an immune-supporting formula containing protected probiotics and lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein that supports healthy modulation of gut microflora and beneficial bacteria’s attachment to the intestinal wall. The 1 billion CFU blend of probiotics includes Lactobacilli (L. Plantarum, L. acidophilus) and Bifidobacteria (B. lactis and B. longum).

  • True Delivery™ Technology for probiotic protection that guarantees that active cultures:
  • Survive stomach acid
  • Arrive in the intestines
  • Remain alive for exceptional support
  • Contains 1 billion CFU
  • Convenient once-daily dosage
  • Requires no refrigeration

Immune + Mushroom Superfood Packets by Om Organic Mushroom Nutrition

Naturally enhance your body’s defenses with beta-glucan power of organic Reishi, Turkey Tail, Maitake, and Agaricus blazei, plus 2 billion Probiotics and 100% daily value Vitamin C. 

I hope this information will assist you in making informed decisions about your health and how to best support your immune system. Visit Fullscript to order your immune-boosting supplements today with my special discount of 20% OFF. 

Fullscript is a trusted source for supplements and vitamins for less money than in a retail store.

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