Immune Support Products – Prevention

Its that time of year again when coughs and sneezes are everywhere! So we thought we would let you know about some of our favourite products to keep the sniffles away, or get you back to feeling your best! Today, we will look at 3 of our favourite products to keep the bugs at bay!

BetterYou DLux 3000 (£7.95 for 15ml)

Vitamin D has had  a lot of press over the last few years. In fact, almost 95% of the Scottish population is deficient in the so-called “Sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D is produced by the body when we expose our skin to sunlight – easier said than done on the average Winter’s day in Scotland! There are very few dietary sources of Vitamin D, with mushrooms being the best source. As a result, supplementation is considered an ideal solution. Vitamin D is fat soluble, so your body will store what it doesn’t need. Vitamin D helps the immune system by helping to activate your body’s T-cells and can be used for both prevention and helping with infections. BetterYou’s vitamin D supplements are of the D3 form – the form our body utilises best – and are in a handy oral spray. One spray a day is all you need and it has a great peppermint taste. Sprays deliver a higher rate of absorption when compared to tablets or capsules. Suitable for vegetarians, but not suitable for vegans (we do have vegan-friendly alternatives though).

Viridian Organic Astragalus 400mg (£14.55 for 60caps)

Astragalus is one of a group of herbs known as adaptogens. Adaptogens help the body adapt to (or protect against) certain stresses that your body is subjected to. Normally this benefits stress-related conditions however Astragalus is unique for having potent immune-modulating properties. It is a well regarded herb in Chinese TCM and has developed an excellent reputation in Europe & the USA.  Astragalus works by stimulating the immune system and has an anti-viral effect. As a result, Astragalus works best as a preventative and for colds and upper respiratory infections. Can be safely used long term if required. Viridian’s Astragalus is certified organic by the Soil Association and is a high strength one-a-day capsule, suitable for vegans.

A.Vogel Echinaforce (£9.75 for 50ml)

Where do we start with Echinacea? It is one of the most well-known and intensively studied herbs on the planet. There are 2 species of Echinacea that are used medicinally – Echinacea angustifolia and E. purpurea. A. Vogel’s Echinaforce uses the E. purpurea species and use the aerial parts of the plant. Echinacea has been the subject of numerous clinical studies and many of these have demonstrated that the plant has an immune stimulating effect. it is both anti-viral and anti-bacterial as well as being anti-fungal and is a good lymphatic herb as well. As a result, Echinacea has been used to help with everything from colds and flus to fungal infections and candida. Echinacea can be used as a preventative for colds and if taken early enough, it can help reduce the severity of colds and their duration by up to 4 days!