You already know that in order to have a strong and effective immune system, you have to eat right (lots of fruit and colorful vegetables), exercise regularly, wash your hands and air out your home and office. That’s all good and well. Usually, though this is not enough for your immune system, the part of your body that fights bacteria and viruses daily, to operate at its full potential.

What else can you do? Support your body’s defenses by adding the following boosters to your diet. They will energize you, give you stamina and keep viruses at bay.

Vitamin C

Time and again, research proves that vitamin C is required for your immune system to function at its best. Vitamin C becomes even more effective when combined with ginseng, zinc, and echinacea, an herb commonly called coneflower.

Probiotics (like this supplement)

Probiotics are the good bacteria in our peptic system. They play one of the main roles in the health of the immune system by supporting the reproduction of cells that fight off invading viruses and bacteria.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the bedrock of your immune system. In fact, a study published in Nature Immunology found that vitamin D is involved in the activation of the t-lymphocytes in your immune system.

What are t-lymphocytes?

Known as T-cells, t-lymphocytes are a subtype of white blood cell, the essence of your body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria.

Royal jelly, Pollen, and Propolis

Research demonstrates the immune-regulating and anti-aging properties of propolis. Royal jelly is another strong weapon (rich in protein, sugars, basic lipids, hormones, amino acids, antimicrobial elements, vitamins A, D, E, K and especially b-complex) against disease. And experts confirm that pollen is the most complete nutritional supplement available and an important source of antioxidants, vitamins (C, E, b-complex), flavonoid prebiotics and probiotics.

Fish Oil (We recommend Nordic Naturals)

Rich in valuable omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil is your ally in developing a healthy immune system. TheEPA, DHA and omega-3’s it contains are anti-inflammatory and increase white blood cell activity, thereby keeping autoimmune disorders in check.

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