Staff Faves for Immune Health
Despite the fact that spring is finally here, good old-fashioned germs are still floating around at any season. Evergreen Nutrition staff members, working with the public as we do, are well-versed in supplements for immune support and health. In this newsletter, we would like to share some our favorite remedies with you.
Paula likes the grand triumvirate of a high-quality, whole-food multivitamin (with minerals), probiotics and fish/cod liver oil for a great start to maintaining over-all health. For immunity specifically, taking extra food-sourced Vitamin C, like HealthForce Truly Natural Vitamin C, is a smart option. I also take Stamets 7 by Host Defense every day and notice a big difference in my immune response. In addition, when Ive been exposed to sick people or feel like Im fighting something, extra zinc and Vitamin A are on the menu. And liquid elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a pleasant preventive against viral onslaughts plus its yummy on vanilla ice cream just for fun!
Tony likes Eclectic Institute’s Lomatium Osha Compound. He says that it contains herbs that are “immune-enhancers and help to heal any cold that settles in your chest.” This product is, incidentally, one of our perennial best-sellers in the immune section.
Kelley recommends Planetary Herbal’s Old Indian Wild Cherry Bark Cough Syrup for coughs and respiratory congestion. “It loosens things up and is soothing,” she says. “It has lots of good lung herbs.” She also is a fan of olive leaf extract, probiotics and Wellness Herbal Resistance Formula from Source Naturals.
Lauren is a big fan of oregano oil. She takes it on a regular basis, as well as making sure it is available when others around her are sick, and she enjoys the benefit of never becoming sick herself. She also likes Super Lysine Plus from Eugene’s Quantum Health. She appreciates the formula, with its garlic and anti-viral lysine.
Paul likes zinc for basic immune support. “The monomethionine form is one of the best as far as absorption,” he says. “It does not bind to phytates found in grains and legumes like other forms of the mineral. OptiZinc from Solaray is this form.” Also a big fan of the medicinal mushrooms, he is particularly fond of reishi (Ganoderma lucidum s.l.), since it supports so many different body organs in addition to bolstering the immune system. “It can be taken on a daily basis and will generally keep one from becoming sick,” he adds.
Craig says, “Moducare is all you need. For many years I have taken three capsules a day.” Moducare strengthens weak T-cell activity thereby helping your immune system to effectively fight off viral and microbial diseases and it is helpful for autoimmune conditions because it reduces inflammation.
Yaakov, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, relies on old stalwarts Vitamins A, D and C, and, as a nutritionist, he understands their immune-supportive properties well. Host Defense mushroom products are high on his list after the vitamins. He likes MyCommunity and Stamets 7 for daily and comprehensive immune support. Also agarikon (Fomitopsis officinalis), a medicinal mushroom which he says is particularly good for people with auto-immune conditions.
Terri, Evergreen’s Certified Clinical Nutritionist, has several recommendations. “Vibrant Health’s Gigartina Red Marine Algae (Gigartina skottsbergii) is an excellent source of sulfated polysaccharides which form a shield that inhibits a virus’s ability to adhere to cell membranes.” Terri also likes probiotics. She says, “The beneficial bacteria in your gut are a huge part of your defense system. It only makes sense to support and expand their populations.” Her secret weapon? Garlic! “I eat garlic every day. It was used effectively for infection before penicillin and other antibiotics and has been shown to be effective against colds, flu, stomach virus as well as more serious infections like tuberculosis, botulism, typhoid fever and cholera.”
From all of us at Evergreen Nutrition, we wish you the best of health!
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