Immune Boosting Supplements
Boost your immune system with our range of immune support supplements including our Vitamin D Oral Spray and Vitamin Patches.
The Benefits of Immune Boosting Supplements
Your immune system is a fighting force! A tireless protector that protects your body from dangers like infections, viruses and injuries. And like any army, it needs to be well-fed and well-trained to provide optimal protection. The good news is that there are lots of foods out there that can help you to boost your immune system naturally. The bad news is that it’s not always practical (or affordable) to get enough of these foods into your diet.
Fortunately, supplementation can help you to bridge the gaps that can be left in even the most balanced diets. At My Health Shield, we supply a range of immune boosting supplements to help ensure that your immune system is a force to be reckoned with. These can help to enhance the effects of a healthy diet and bolster your body’s natural defences. With the virulent COVID-19 pandemic still a huge concern for many, even the fully vaccinated could benefit from a helping hand.
Here we’ll look at some of the best supplements and products to boost your immune system.
What is immunity?
Your immune system is a complicated system of organs, tissues, cells and proteins that protects your body from potentially harmful invaders. It identifies dangers like viruses, bacteria and fungi. These are known as antigens. When the immune system comes into contact with these, it triggers a range of processes to contain and fight the invading antigen. Sometimes the body mistakenly thinks that its own cells are antigens. This is known as an autoimmune response.
How you can support your immune system
Diet and lifestyle are key to supporting your immune system. As is getting plenty of good quality sleep. While we’re asleep, our bodies produce special proteins called cytokines. This targets infections and inflammation and triggers an immune response. It’s essentially your body’s night watchman.
As well as ensuring that your immune system has all the energy it needs, a good diet contains the essential micronutrients to support immune function. What’s more, exercise can help to flush bacteria out of your lungs and airways, while the increase in body temperature helps your body fight off antigens. Exercise also helps antibodies and white blood cells to circulate more rapidly, potentially helping them to identify and fight infections faster.
What are immune supplements?
Even those of us with healthy lifestyles can struggle to get the right amount of each essential micronutrient to support immune function. That’s why many choose to use immune supplements to fill in the gaps in their diet and lifestyle. An immune supplement is an easy way to ensure that you’re getting all the micronutrients you need to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders.
How do immune supplements work?
Immune supplements work by providing combinations of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) known to support immune function. Therefore, it covers all the right nutritional bases, including nutrients that may be lacking in your diet.
What's the best supplement for your immune system?
There are a number of vitamins and minerals that are known to support the immune system in different ways. Supplements can be taken in pill form, absorbed into the skin through a patch, or taken as an oral spray.
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the most successful vitamins, minerals and products for supplementing your immune system.
Vitamins for boosting your immune system
Let’s take a look at some of the essential vitamins you need to include in your diet to give your immune system a boost. We’ll explain how they work, and why they’re essential in supporting your immune system.
Vitamin C for immunity
Vitamin C helps to support and fortify immune cells. It helps to clear away old immune cells from infection sites and replace them with stronger new cells. It’s also a powerful antioxidant.
It can help combat damage caused by unstable molecules called ‘free radicals’. These are found in everything from fast food to airborne pollution. Free radicals cause oxidative stress which can impede immune health. Vitamin C helps to combat this oxidative stress.
Vitamin D for immunity
Low levels of vitamin D are linked to reduced immune response. This vitamin helps to ensure that there are adequate levels of calcium and phosphorous in your blood.
These minerals help to control the function of immune cells. It’s also known to help fight off respiratory infections, and enhance the function of white blood cells.
As many of us are self-isolating, we’re not getting as much vitamin D from sunlight. Supplementation can help to bridge this gap!
Zinc for immunity
Zinc is absolutely essential for the immune system. It aids the body in producing new immune cells. It also helps immune cells to communicate with one another, and helps to control the body’s inflammation response.
It even activates enzymes to help break down the proteins in viruses and bacteria. This makes it useful in both preventing and treating illness.
Echinacea for immunity
A member of the daisy family, this flower has natural antiviral effects. Echinacea extract can also increase the number of white blood cells in the body. It has been linked to improved immunity to respiratory viruses and rhinoviruses (the common cold).
Types of immune boosting products
There are lots of vitamin and mineral supplements out there. Most take the form of pills. But not everyone likes the idea of having to take multiple pills a day to boost your immune system. Some struggle to swallow pills, while others find it hard to keep track of them.
Fortunately, we have some alternative solutions.
Immune boosting patches
Our 24-hour Immune Boost skin patches contain a unique blend of immune boosting ingredients. These are released gradually into the skin, throughout the day. They’re quick and easy to apply, aiding your body’s natural defences and promoting faster recovery from illnesses all day long.
Perfect for those who are on the go.
Immune boosting oral vitamin sprays
Immune Boost spray is an oral vitamin spray that can be used instead of pills. It is a carefully formulated blend of vitamins and minerals that are known to help support immune function. These include:
- Vitamins C, B6, B12 & D3
A faster, easier, and more convenient alternative to pills, this is another great product for those with busy lifestyles.