Everyone you know is catching it. First the kids. Then the adults. But it’s hitting everyone - and it’s knocking a lot of people way off their game. You’re doing everything you can to avoid it. But you feel like it’s just a matter of time.
Here’s the thing – It doesn’t have to be.
You can prepare your immune system… get it in the best shape possible to help you combat the latest threat.
Eating right, exercise, and restorative sleep will move you in the right direction. But you’ll need an assist from nature for robust immune function in order to confidently meet each day head on.
Thankfully, nature provides a wealth of options for full-coverage immune support. (1) Powerful plants… essential nutrients (2)… healing herbs…
But with hundreds of things to choose from, it can be tricky to know which will work best for your immune system. As we at Just Thrive like to say: When in doubt, go with the science.
Here are 10 clinically proven herbs and nutrients you need for superior immune health.
People have relied on echinacea for centuries to stay vibrantly healthy, and it’s often considered the “go-to herb” for immune health. This familiar botanical contains potent polyphenols and dozens of other immune-friendly compounds. Those healthful plant chemicals give echinacea the ability to support immune health by:
- Mobilizing important immune cells, such as NK (natural killer) cells, when your body detects a threat (3)
- Supporting the growth of white blood cells that your immune system mobilizes to fight infections (4)
- Neutralizing seasonal bugs (5)
- Encouraging proper immune responses while guarding against potential immune overreactions (6)
This bright purple fruit from the Sambucus tree contains plentiful vitamins and antioxidants. These berries have been used for centuries to support immune health. Research shows that compounds in elderberries help modulate immune function. (7)
You may not have ever heard of Epicor, but this special fermented whole food supplement might become your new must-have for an immunity dream team. (8) It comes from a unique yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which goes through special fermentation and drying processes. And the compound that emerges - Epicor - contains dozens of beneficial constituents including antioxidants, proteins, and peptides that work together to keep you in peak health.
Epicor has been the subject of 15 scientific studies… including 8 human clinical trials. And all of these studies clearly demonstrate its ability to support healthy immune function. Epicor has been shown to promote a healthy inflammatory response, (9) because inflammation is an important tool your immune system uses to keep you well… as long as it is used the RIGHT way (and as you may know, it’s all too easy for inflammation to go sideways).
Epicor can also help minimize occasional GI discomfort (10) and support the activation of important immune system fighters such as NK (natural killer) cells and T-cells. (11)
Ginger has been a key staple of traditional Chinese medicine for generations. This warming spice supports immune health with strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. (12) It’s also known for easing occasional GI upset and supporting a healthy inflammatory response.
Ruby-red pomegranates are packed with powerful plant chemicals called polyphenols, a family of compounds well known for encouraging optimal immune function. Polyphenols support your immune system in many important ways such as:
- Activating crucial immune cells (13)
- Providing strong antioxidant defenses (14)
- Supporting healthy inflammatory responses (15)
Pomegranates in particular deliver the goods (16) thanks to a unique polyphenol called punicalagins… and you won’t find those anywhere else. Punicalagins provide ultra high-level antioxidant protection along with strong antimicrobial activity. (17)
Turmeric, the bright yellow spice, contains a powerful compound called curcumin. It supports immune health by encouraging a healthy inflammatory response and providing antioxidant protection. Turmeric also helps activate key immune cells and antibodies. (18)
Your immune system cannot effectively fight off infections without plenty of selenium on hand. But unfortunately, up to a billion people are selenium deficient. (19) Plus, infections drain your body’s selenium supplies, leaving you more vulnerable to everything going around. (20) So making sure you get enough of this essential mineral can help you stay well all season long. Selenium supports immune function by
- Delivering high-level free radical scavenging abilities (21)
- Activating your immune system’s first line of defense to stay ahead of threats while modulating a balanced immune response (22)
- Supporting a healthy immune system as it fights off threats (23)
Optimal immune function depends heavily on zinc. In fact, your immune system cannot work properly without it. But here’s the catch: zinc deficiency is surprisingly common around the world, and that can cause all sorts of health problems. (24)
Your body needs zinc to create key immune cells… and those cells can’t do their jobs without zinc. (25) In fact, your immune system counts on zinc to round up the fighters that can effectively handle threats. (26) Zinc supports antibody production, T-cell activation, and immune cell division. And – It’s especially useful for supporting health and wellness for older adults. (27)
And when zinc gets paired with selenium, your immune health gets an extra dose of support. These two minerals work together to protect your cellular DNA, which helps ensure your healthy cells grow and multiply. (28) The pair also plays a key role in supporting mental health and proper brain function. (29)
9. Vitamin A
Your body uses vitamin A to protect your vision, support a healthy inflammatory response, and help your body make sure your immune system doesn’t under- or over-react.. (30) This fat-soluble vitamin also has strong antioxidant properties. You can get your daily allowance of vitamin A by eating foods rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Beta-carotene rich foods include carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.
10. Vitamin D3
You need vitamin D3 for more than your teeth and bones. The “sunshine” vitamin is critical for proper immune function. (31) Unfortunately, it can be hard to get enough of this key nutrient, especially during the dark winter months. So look for vitamin D rich foods such as salmon, sardines, and enriched orange juice.
Just Thrive Immunity Plus Delivers Unmatched Immune Support
With the right support, your immune system can be like a suit of armor, helping you stay healthy against the many threats you face. But strong resilience doesn’t just happen by chance – You need to give your body the essential nutrients, powerful plant polyphenols, and helpful herbs it requires to thrive… And that’s exactly what you’ll find in Immunity Plus.
Just Thrive Immunity Plus contains the supportive nutrients and botanicals you need for abundant wellness all year round. Each capsule of Just Thrive Immunity Plus contains:
- Echinacea, the preferred immune-supporting herb for generations
- Pomanox® Pomegranate Extract, which supplies 300% more polyphenols than red wine or green tea
- Epicor®, shown in 8 human clinical trials to deliver significant support when you need it most
- Selenium, a powerful antioxidant mineral that keeps your immune system going strong
- Zinc, an essential mineral necessary for proper immune system function and response
Keep your immune system in fighting shape every day with Immunity Plus.
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