Year-round our immune health needs to be maintained, but this is even more important come the winter months as various illnesses travel around. Many of the vitamins we take are applicable for all ages (such as vitamin C, and microbacteria, both of which are reliable immune health supplements), albeit in differing strengths, however there are some nutrients and tips which are more beneficial for certain ages than others.
One of the most common complaints in children is that of discomfort in the ear, and pressure around the sinus (likely due to sniffing instead of nose blowing). A. Vogel’s Plantago is a wonderful herb to provide relief; it contains tannins, silicic acid and mucilage which soothe and protect the membrane of the ears, nose and throat. If congestion persists, a break from dairy and bananas, as well as a hydration increase, can be helpful in shifting the build-up.
Zinc lozenges are ideal for sore throats — preferable over a tablet form, as the lozenges contact with the throat can have more benefit in healing the tissue. The option from Nature’s Plus Animal Parade is perfect as it combines the zinc with a herbal powerhouse of immune support.
Although a multivitamin should ideally be taken by all ages, kids in particular make good use of one, especially those who have a more limited palate and aren’t as keen to eat those healthy greens! Terranova have their Sneaky Greens product which really ticks all the boxes when it comes to dietary support.
Immune defences can be lowered and reduced by chronic stress, and in our busy world this is a reality for many people. The B-complex with added vitamin C from Terranova is an excellent support; it could be combined with Wild Nutrition’s KSM-66 Ashwagandha which performs as an adaptogenic, thought to improve the body’s resilience.
For an all-round, potent, and easily absorbed multivitamin that offers immune support as well as an energy boost, Source of Life Gold is one of our top of the range supplements. It contains more than 120 wholefoods, an array of vitamins, minerals, herbs and antioxidants to give you the best footing in your nutritional profile.
It has been shown in various studies that a lack of sleep can have an effect on your immune health; we have seen that those who have poor quality sleep or simply not enough sleep are more likely contract bugs and viruses. Our top sleep tips can be found here!
Due to likely decrease in the skin’s long term exposure to the sun (which is our main source of this nutrient), one of the most important immune health vitamins for older people (and the majority of other ages) is vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels can have an ill effect on our immune function, as well as several other of the bodies processes.
Garlic has a long history of traditional use, and is often included in complexes aimed towards heart health — making it suitable for those who desire cardiac support. It is also used for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, and can boost the immune system as well.
Plantago, which was previously mentioned for children, can be helpful for the elderly as a common complaint is a feeling of blockage in the ear canal; another helpful tip for this is to chew sugar-free chewing gum, as the chewing motion helps to breakdown wax etc. within the ear so that it moves through more efficiently.