CORONAVIRUS has been all over the news. But rather than panicking and worrying about it, boosting your body’s natural defence mechanism – your immune system – is the best way to fight off and beat this and all other cold viruses. Here are some top tips on supplements and foods from industry experts…
From Tom Greenfield, member of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths, on behalf of the British Naturopathic Association:
1) Try Elderberry liquid
These berries taste delicious and kill bacteria and viruses on contact.
Top Santé suggests: If you can’t get the fresh berries, try Lifeplan Berry Well Elderberry 3000mg with Vitamin C and Zinc
2) Larch Arabinogalactan
This is a powdered extract from the larch tree, which is proven to boost the immune system and protect against cold infections as well as being protective against some forms of cancer.
Clinical trials found that Larch Arabinogalactan is capable of enhancing natural killer cells and macrophages (white blood cells) as well as the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines (cell-signalling molecules) to protect against infections.
3) Reduce sugar and mucus-forming foods
Cut back red meat, dairy products, bread, eggs, corn and soya at the first sign of illness and concentrate on vegetable soups – these support the body’s immune system and allows for improved health of the microbiome by promoting healthy gut bacteria.
4) Bee propolis
Bee propolis is essential, but make sure you don’t have a bee allergy before using this. Propolis is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and helps relieve the pain and discomfort of a sore throat.
Leading health and wellness company Abundance and Health has the following advice for warding off viruses this winter…
Research has shown that vitamin C is an important defence nutrient, which helps to support a healthy immune system – a priority when it comes to warding off unwanted infections!
Altrient (£39.99, box of 30 Sachets) is the world’s first premium liposomal vitamin C, developed for maximised absorption. Made by livOn Labs, pioneers of liposome encapsulation technology (LET), using a patented process, Altrient’s innovative delivery mechanism wraps up nutrients in a layer of phospholipids, creating microscopic liposomes which protect nutrients from degradation in the digestive tract, giving them a speedy boarding pass into the bloodstream and cells.
ACS 200 colloidal silver spray (£33.33, 60ml) contains 200ppm of silver in ultra-purified water. Multiple studies demonstrate that ACS 200 is many thousands of times more effective at killing pathogens than any other silver.
NEW, Neutrient™ TOTAL C™ (£33.99, 150g/4 months supply) is a vitamin c powder to add to your daily smoothie is a unique blend of mixed ascorbates and antioxidants to support the body’s natural immune defence process, including, L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, which is the fat-soluble form of vitamin C. Neutrient’s Total C vitamin C powder also contains a mineral-based magnesium ascorbate, a low-acid form of vitamin C.