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It’s the time of year that we need to take extra good care of our bodies and specifically the immune system. Join us in exploring herbs and nutrients available at Whole Foods Market that may offer support. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant, speaker, and mom of two young children.

The immune system is a powerful defense team nourished by specific nutrients found in food or supplement form:
  • Garlic and ginger both contain compounds that can help optimize the body’s immune system.
  • Vitamin C is integral for white blood cell production and healthy inflammation response in the body. Whole Foods™ brand Vitamin C 1000mg is a “sustained release” formula.
  • A high-quality medicinal mushroom complex that includes shiitake, reishi, maitake and cordyceps contain polysaccharide compounds that can stimulate the body’s immune system.
  • Probiotics, found in fermented foods and supplement form, can aid the body in maintaining healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut that are very important for immune system function.
Herbs and minerals provide additional benefit through their compounds or antioxidants:
  • Astragalus is an herb that when used preventively may enhance the immune system through white blood cell function.
  • Echinacea studies that have used the appropriate amount, species and part of the plant have shown that this herb is effective for supporting immune health.
  • Elderberry extract is found in wellness syrups like Gaia Black Elderberry Nighttime Syrup and is noted for its effectiveness, as well as its great taste.
  • 365 Flu Ease is a homeopathic remedy that when taken at the first sign of sickness can provide temporary relief of symptoms including fever, chills and body aches.
  • Research shows the mineral zinc is a key player in healthy immune function and is needed for white blood cell production and activity.
To help maintain a healthy immune system, nutritionist Malia Curran recommends:
  • Choose a combination immune support formula like Source Naturals Wellness Formula which contains garlic, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, zinc, selenium, elderberry, echinacea, ginger and astragalus.
  • Ricola drops and teas use herbs that are organically cultivated and do not contain artificial sweeteners or colors.
In addition to hand washing, there are other effective lifestyle tips that can be easily incorporated for prevention:
  • Don’t forget a multivitamin to cover your bases on basic amounts of vitamins and minerals.
  • Make sleep an absolute priority, along with daily exercise and other types of personal stress management.

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Susan Smith says …

Great information as I'm always looking for natural products.

Cori says …

Thanks for all the tips. They are going to be very helpful this winter.

julieh says …

I found some great ideas for my shopping list!

jenn says …

did not know that about mushroom complex, thanks for the info

quentin graham says …

Great advice! Thanks for this.

Sarah L says …

Plenty of sleep & drinking lots of water and swimming 3 times a week are what helps keep me well.

Sam A says …

These are great tips. I live in a small space with many other people. Hopefully these tips will help me prevent getting sick this winter.

Amanda says …

Thank you so much for all this! I workout atleast 2x a week to keep in shape and to keep my body healthy :)

Biki says …

What great advice

Janice Cooper says …

Great tips! I definitely get multi-vitamins. In fact I just picked some up. Didn't know about the ginger. Interesting!

cynthia says …

great advice

Tara says …

Great information. Hope to stay healthy this winter.

Jeremy says …

We always stock up on garlic, ginger, and vitamin C rich supplements and foods for the winter~

GC Lee says …

Along with garlic and ginger, I find ginseng to be an excellent source to keep healthy all year around.

julieh says …

I learned some great items to buy!

Susan Smith says …

It's good to hear garlic and ginger have such benefits!! I eat a lot of both.

Kerrie Mayans says …

Thanks for all this info! I had forgotten about garlic, ginger and zinc for keeping healthy.

melissa k says …

The first few co-workers have been out sick, so I am looking for ways to fight back. Thanks for the tips.

spirit_kim says …

This was a great podcast. I knew about garlic, ginger, vitamin C, and probiotics. The herbs and mushroom complexes are very interesting. I hope to incorporate some soon.

Lily Kwan says …

Thanks for the helpful tips!

Amity Johnson says …

I will be sure to take a multivitamin daily and use more fresh garlic!

Chrissy R. says …

Thank you for the tips! I recently discovered that low iron has been leaving me sleepy and cold so I also recommend not letting odd things with your body go unnoticed without trying to solve the problem. I could have had a lot more time on weekends if I had looked into my sleepiness earlier!

tracey johnson says …

thanks this will help my son

Jessica says …

These are some wonderful tips. My grandmother and mother have stressed the importance of many of these vitamins and foods.

Christina says …

Garlic and ginger. I get my ginger when I eat sushi. And I love to stir-fry with garlic. Vitamin C from oranges. Zinc from multi-vitamin supplements. Good sleep and daily exercises is something I definitely try to do. Hopefully I'm set for healthy winter.

Julie G says …

Lots of good information about staying healthy this winter... I know what I will be packing into our meals this winter to keep our immune systems strong!

Debbie Hopkins Chase says …

Interesting podcast. Our ancestors used herbs to cure, some not so successfully. But they knew the ones that worked. We shouldn't snub our noses at generations of knowledge.

CarOline Hart says …

I wanted to see what brands of probiotics you have in your store. I searched, but that information did not come up.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CAROLINE - We do not currently list all products we sell online. I would suggest checking with your local store for specific items they have in stock.

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