It’s autumn! Leaves are changing and we’re starting the annual negotiation over who is hosting Thanksgiving. Is that smell of pumpkin spice or allergens?

With the changing of seasons comes the onslaught of allergies, sinus problems, and seasonal illnesses.

There’s a lot more to staying healthy than wearing a mask and getting a shot or three! If you’ve been reading here for long at all, you’ll know we think diet, exercise, and supplementation are absolutely critical! If you aren’t proactive, you could find yourself suffering unnecessarily.

We all have some idea of one or two lifestyle changes we could make to improve our health this fall, but supplementation is a whole different animal! If you want to avoid getting sick but aren’t familiar with supplementation, where should you start?

We have a perfect answer: Immune Boost Essentials. It has pretty much everything you need to stay healthy, active, and vibrant through the cold and dreary months. Originally marketed as an eye support supplement, it is now used as a fundamental source of immunity. 

Here’s a rundown of the list of ingredients:

Vitamin A – a group of antioxidant compounds that play an essential role in vision, bone growth, and the immune system’s health. Vitamin A also helps the surface of the eye, mucous membranes, and skin be effective barriers to bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of eye infections, respiratory problems, and other infectious diseases.

Vitamin C – Research shows that a high dietary intake of vitamins C and E are associated with a significantly reduced risk of cataracts or cataract surgery.

Vitamin E – Research shows that Vitamin E intake either through diet or supplements and high serum tocopherol (vitamin E) leveals in the blood were associated with reduced risk of age-related cataracts. For example, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) involving nearly 5,000 people found a 25 percent lower risk of developing advanced stages of AMD when a nutritional formula including vitamin E was taken. The AREDS supplement included 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin E and high levels of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin C, and zinc.

Zinc (TRACCS™) – has been used along with other nutrients and antioxidants to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Selenium (TRACCS™) – helps support Zinc absorption

N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) – a precursor to glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. N-acetyl-cysteine has many medicinal applications, such as in bronchitis and other lung diseases. It also plays a role in reducing oxidative stress in the cornea. NAC helps corneal cell survival and increases antioxidant markers in the eye.

Bilberry Extract – used for both medicine and food. Bilberry fruit contains anthocyanosides which help strengthen blood vessels, improve circulation, prevent platelet aggregation, and enhance rhodopsin production, improving night vision. The antioxidants in bilberries can help reduce inflammation in your body. This helps lower your risk of inflammatory diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. In addition, Bilberry contains phenolic acids, and research suggests phenolic acids may help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Grape Seed Extract (Activin®) – contains a significant amount of proanthocyanidins. In one animal study, grape seed extract combined with zinc (also present in 20/20) prevented the formation and progression of cataracts. In addition to eye health, grape seed extracts have been proven to reduce blood pressure, improve collagen levels and bone strength, and reduce cancer risk. 

Quercetin – a member of the flavonoid family and is a major dietary antioxidant. Quercetin is used in age-related macular degeneration to improve cell membrane integrity and mitochondrial function and reduce inflammatory mediators. Quercetin plays a role in reducing allergies as well.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin (Lutemax 2020™) – which are antioxidants in the carotenoid family. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are macular pigments found within the eye’s retina, which protect the retina from damage caused by sunlight. In addition, increased levels of macular pigment are correlated with decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration. 

ALA (Alpha-lipoic acid) -a powerful antioxidant. ALA scavenges free radicals and promotes the regeneration of vitamin C and glutathione, which can recycle vitamin E. ALA’s antioxidant properties are especially suited for preventing diabetic complications. For example, ALA may protect the eye’s lens through antioxidant activity and delay the development and progression of diabetes-related cataracts. Alpha-lipoic acid also reduces inflammation, promotes healthy nerve function, and lowers the risk of heart disease, among other benefits. 

Natural Lycopene (Lycomato® Brand) – has been shown to support endothelial function, healthy circulation, overall cardiovascular and skin wellness, and prostate health and comfort.

Astaxanthin – Not only does it aid in managing oxidative stress and supporting a healthy inflammatory response, but astaxanthin supports the immune system for overall wellness as well.

Now is an excellent time to stock up on Immune Boost Essentials, especially since it’s on sale. You may want to take a look at our other supplements too. With winter quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to start boosting your immune system now!

There are, of course, other immune boosters that we offer, but this is an excellent place to start. Want to go deeper? Check into our Zinc Immune Complex and our full Immune Support Package!

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002400.htm
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/vitamin-c-may-reduce-risk-of-cataracts
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3997530/
https://www.nei.nih.gov/about/news-and-events/news/antioxidant-vitamins-and-zinc-reduce-risk-vision-loss-age-related-macular-degeneration
https://www.nei.nih.gov/research/clinical-trials/age-related-eye-disease-studies-aredsareds2
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/bilberry-benefits
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2789642/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/grape-seed-extract-benefits
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5465813/
https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-quercetin-89071
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6539799/

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