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Pharmacist, Sherry Torkos, discusses ways you can boost your child's immune system and compares vitamin supplements to the vitamins in the food.
We often think of these foods as good for the gut and digestion yet they also play a role in supporting immune health and warding off cold and flu. Over 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Beneficial bacteria play a valuable role in warding off pathogens (viruses and bacteria).
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation and protect the lungs from respiratory infections. Omega-3 fatty acids also increase activity of phagocytes (cells that eat up bacteria). And recent research in children has shown benefits for boosting learning and concentration.
strengthen your immune system in a few ways. They are rich in nutrients essential for immune health such as vitamin C, calcium and other minerals and they also contain compounds called beta glucans, which have immune enhancing properties. The beta glucans in Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake mushrooms are particularly effective in activating and modulating the immune system.
This natural ingredient (a beta glucan) helps strengthen the body’s immune response and increase the body’s resistance to stress. Examples: Praeventia cookies and bars, Oasis Health Break Immuniforce Juice and Canton Ready to serve soups
Has antibacterial and antiviral properties and boosts immunity by increasing production of white blood cells. It is also an effective cough suppressant.
Contains compounds with antiviral properties. Some research shows reduced infection when 5+ cups are consumed daily.