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Supplement Recommendations for Boosting Immunity in Winter

 

Research has shown that people are 80% more likely to get an infection in winter. Colds and influenza are common optimal multiinfections that are caused by viruses transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and spreads contaminated droplets through the air. Living in a city like Hong Kong, where we come into contact with many people each day, we are constantly exposed to all these viruses constantly.

The strength of your immune system is an important factor in your vulnerability, so boosting your immunity is the key in staying healthy.

IMI's naturopathic practitioners recommend these effective supplements to people who want to give their immunity a boost and avoid getting sick in the winter:

 


Seeking Health Optimal Multivitamin Powder / Chewables - Natural Cherry Flavour

The product has a balanced blend of minerals and trace elements essential for boosting immunity, in forms that are typically well tolerated and easily absorbed. It is a genuine quality nutritional supplement that is free of sugar. It is physician formulated to provide extra amounts of important antioxidants C and E, plus high potency, active B vitamins, magnesium and zinc. This formula provides good levels of both these minerals and at levels that are safe for long-term use.

Product available in IMI Dispensary, or you may buy online.

 


Bioceuticals D3 1000IU Forte Drops 20ml)

Studies revealed that up to 60% of the population in Hong Kong is vitamin D deficient. Those who are deficient in vitamin D have nearly twice the frequency of colds over the winter months. This is a convenient drop that add Vitamin D3 easily to your diet and beverage. Each drop contains about 1000IU of vitamin D3. It strengthens immunity and reduces symptoms of lungs allergies and infections.

Product available in MI Dispensary, or you may buy online.

 


Bioceuticals First Probiotic Powder (60g powder)
A dairy free probiotic supplement specifically designed to nurture healthy digestive health in neonates, infants and children. Combines probiotic bifidobacteria and lactobacilli strains along with the prebiotic fibre inulin.  Inulin, derived from chicory, has been shown to encourage the growth of healthy gastrointestinal flora and immune maturation in babies and young children. The selected probiotic species have demonstrated safety and efficacy to help maintain healthy digestive function, better growth rates, and immunity that may assist in the management of allergies in infants, both pre-term and full-term.

Product available in IMI Dispensary, or you may buy online.

 


Klaire Labs® Ther-Biotic® Complete Probiotics

It is important to take probiotic supplement daily to replenish the good bacteria in order to keep up your immunity. This high potency blend of 12 strains of probiotics, a combination of colonizing and transient helpful bacteria is carefully chosen and formulated to provide broad coverage to support a healthy balance of microflora across the whole gastrointestinal tract.

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Innate Response C Complete Powder 

A unique and gentle powdered wholefood vitamin C formula with high levels of food state citrus flavonoids and phenolics. FoodState® Nutrients  have been extracted from real vegetables and fruit hence they absorb and work better without upsetting our digestive system. This C Complete Powder is paired with mineral ascorbates for optimal absorption. Great tasting formula that is gentle on the stomach with non-acidic vitamin C. Phenolic rich food blend high in antioxidants and bioflavonoids along with the vitamin C make this the perfect supplement to detox the daily high chemical load we intake here in polluted Hong Kong. 

Product available in IMI Dispensary, or you may buy online.

 

If unfortunately you have succumbed to an infection, these remedies should be able to help you to a speedier recovery:


Gaia Herbs Echinacea Supreme Drops

Echinacea is a wildflower that has been shown in scientific studies to improve immune cell activity. This drop helps to maintains a healthy inflammatory response to seasonal stressors, and normal secretions form the nose and eyes.

Product available in IMI Dispensary, or you may buy online.

 


Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup

Black Elderberries have been recognized for centuries for their immune supportive properties. Further research showed them to have a blocking influence on influenza viruses. The brand Gaia Herbs uses Certified Organic European Black Elderberries to create a juice concentrate that provides the equivalent of 14,500 mg of fresh elderberries per serving. This delicious syrup also includes natural Vitamin C from Acerola cherries, provides support to combat seasonal immune challenges.

Product available in IMI Dispensary, or you may buy online.