LIFESTYLE – Keep your immune system strong all winter long 

When my whole family came down with Covid recently I wanted to fight it off as quickly as possible, so I went in search of vitamins and supplements to help improve my immune system. With the flu season at our door, it is worth investing in some of these immune busters to help keep us healthy.

Supporting your gut health with Probio7’s AB21

AB21 is designed to support and care for your immune system by acting to strengthen the gut barrier. AB21 contains an innovative combination of four specific gut friendly, healthy bacterial strains, as well 10µg of vitamin D – clinically proven to support a healthy immune system. Our gut plays a surprisingly important role in our health. In fact, it’s home to 70% of our immune cells! Keeping your gut microbiome happy and healthy is vital to our health and wellbeing.

The friendly bacteria contained within AB21, are four patented probiotic strains; L. plantarum KABP™ 033, P. acidilactici KABP™ 021, L. plantarum KABP™ 022, L. plantarum KABP™ 023. These are each derived from natural sources including dairy and can be taken long term even if you have been prescribed antibiotics.

Available from Priobo7 for £22.99 for a month’s supply of 30 or £18.39 on a monthly subscription

Atomy Vitamin C Powder

Atomy Vitamin C Powder contacts 550mg of Vitamin C, as well as 5 types of healthy food colours in one daily dose. Protect the skin from free radicals, increases the body’s collagen leave and slows down the ageing process. What is not to love!

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. This powder easily mixes into water and tastes divine.

Available from Atomy for £17.00 

Nutri-Genetix (NGX) is the world’s first genetically personalised nutrition shake

This innovative product is tailer to an individual’s own DNA to achieve enhanced performance. They send a swab test to your house, which is really easy to use you just lightly scrape the inside of your cheek, then the the NGX team are then able to build a personalised blend of NGX Bodyfuel based on your genetic make-up. They test for 28 traits in your DNA to assess how you metabolise and process different nutrients, your sensitivities to different foods and your body’s detoxification process. You’re then given a detailed report of your results and how this may affect you, for example if you have a slightly reduced ability to metabolise folate, this can have an impact on your energy levels and muscle performance.

The DNA test is available from NGX for £99.00

Cytoplan Women’s Health Bundle

Their Women’s Health Bundle has been put together by our Nutritional Therapists to contain the essential everyday supplements a woman needs. Designed to support the start of your Cytoplan journey, Women’s Wholefood Multi, Acidophilus Plus and Omega Balance create a combination of key nutrients at a reduced price. The Trio includes Women’s Wholefood Multi, Omega Balance and Acidophilus Plus.

  • Women’s Wholefood Multi – a Wholefood multivitamin and mineral supplement providing 5mg of iron, alongside other trace minerals and vitamins B-complex, C, D and K. The vegetable and fruit powder blend contains carrot, spirulina, alfalfa, artichoke leaf, beetroot, acai berry and acerola providing extra phytonutrients.
  • Acidophilus Plus – containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and a further eight live native bacterial strains, plus a small amount of prebiotic.
  • Omega Balance – formulated to provide an appropriate ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids EPA, DHA and GLA.

Available for £62.00 from Cytoplan

Potter’s Herbals – Echinacea Tincture with Elderberry Juice Flavour

What is Echinacea? A traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type symptoms exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy. ​

Potters Echinacea Tincture with Elderberry Juice Flavour is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type symptoms exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.

Today, people use echinacea to shorten the duration of the common cold and flu, and reduce symptoms, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever. Many herbalists also recommend echinacea to help boost the immune system and help the body fight infections.

Available from Potters Herbals and Boots for £7.00

Lloyds Pharmacy Multivitamins and Minerals

Lloyds Pharmacy have an excellent range of vitamins to help boost your immune system from Vitamin D, to Zinc and Vitamin C. On this occasion we tried the Multivitamins and minerals, I have to say they are excellent value for money at only £13.49 for a whopping 365 tablets – that is a whole year’s supply for only £13.49!

All-in-one formula for those who want all the benefits in one tablet. Designed to provide a general dose of vitamins and minerals for those who may not be getting the nutrients they need from their diet. This well-balanced formula comes in a great value year’s supply.In each tablet you will find vitamin A, D, E, K, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Calcium, and Phosphorus. 

Available from Lloyds Pharmacy for £13.49

Inessa’s Immunity Complex Including Botanicals 

Inessa Immunity Complex contains a unique blend of 8 powerful, evidence-based nutrients, four of which have EFSA approved immunity claims. A combination of vitamins and minerals – vitamin D3, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, along with powerful botanicals, black elderberry, reishi and chaga mushrooms and potent immune-supportive beta glucans. 

Inessa Immunity Complex replaces separate vitamin D3, C, zinc and selenium, a medicinal mushroom and beta glucan product and black elderberry extract. Each ingredient has been carefully selected for its powerful natural health benefits to specifically target and optimise the immune systems performance. 

Available from Inessa Wellness for £22.99 for a 30-day supply

Higher Nature Immune Effervescent

Immune Effervescent is a natural, elderberry flavoured drink, to boost immune health. Containing immune essentials vitamin c, zinc and a high-strength active form of vitamin D3, the Immune Effervescent delivers comprehensive support to keep the immune system in its prime. Ideal for seasonal support, all year round, the Immune Effervescent can be taken every day or during times of challenge. Naturally flavoured with black elderberry, the effervescent tablets are free from artificial colours, flavourings, or preservatives and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The Immune Effervescent is for adults and children over 11 years and is ideal for those who do not like swallowing tablets.

Available from Higher Nature for £4.40

Formulate Health’s Immunium

A strong immune system is vital to keep your body protected from pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. Keep your immune system protected all year round with this carefully formulated blend of Andrographis, Selenium, Vitamin D3 and BioPerine.

Immunium has been specially formulated to contribute to a strong immune system. It contains 100% natural ingredients such as Vitamin D which helps the body to absorb calcium, phosphorus and Selenium, protecting cells from oxidative stress.

Vitamin D contributes to: the absorption / utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, normal blood calcium levels, the maintenance of normal bones, muscles and teeth and the normal function of the immune system. SELENIUM contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress and normal thyroid function.

Available at Formulate Health for £22.99

Dream Magic Superfood Powders

Dream Magic Superfood Powders are a range of different blends of powdered superfood ingredients. The creator Marie Claire has always been a massive fan of superfoods and have received many benefits of taking them for her health and wellness. By taking one teaspoon of powdered superfoods every day, she has managed to keep bug and cold free for 9 years. That was enough for me to want to try these and I am sure they helped me kick Covid! 

The Dream Magic Green Superfood Powder (containing Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Chlorella and Moringa) contains a significant amount of vitamins A, E, C, K, B1, B3, B6, B12 as well as Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and Riboflavin which our bodies need to function at their optimum level.

Foods that are  high in these nutrients contribute to normal immune function, hormone health as well as maintenance of normal skin and protection of cells from oxidative stress. Additionally, this blend contains a significant amount of fibre which is essential for normal gut function.

Available from Dream Magic Superfood Powder for £15.99