With the global pandemic still raging, and cold and flu season upon us, succumbing to sickness may seem inevitable. That’s why stocking up on some key supplements can be extremely advantageous to maintaining a healthy immune system should you find yourself under the weather.
B vitamins are known for their immunity boosting properties. They help us cope with stress, and increase energy, which becomes especially crucial when the body is under attack from sickness. Vitamin B6 is responsible for over 100 different reactions including protein synthesis. It contributes to brain and nervous system function as well as the immune system to prevent further spread of infection. When the body’s supply of vitamin B6 is weakened, the ability to fight off sickness is drastically impaired. For that reason, supplementation is very helpful and sometimes vital for maintaining optimal health.
According to experts, magnesium impact at least 300 enzyme systems in the body. It contributes to the body’s main source of energy and has been shown to help treat flu and cold symptoms. It does this by regulating body temperature, helping you get a good night’s sleep, and relaxing tired and overworked muscles. As a result, magnesium has been nicknamed the “anti-stress” mineral. While it is possible to acquire magnesium through food, the amount we consume in our diet has drastically declined in the last century. Magnesium levels found in the soil used to grow crops has been depleted and is no longer a component in most fertilizers today. Magnesium deficiency can lead to a plethora of health issues, including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and inflammation.
Elderberry has long since been touted as a holistic remedy to a variety of ailments ranging from insect bites to pain and fever. While further research is needed, some preliminary studies show that elderberry appears to ease cold and flu symptoms. One randomized study in 2016 concluded that those who took elderberry to help with their cold and flu symptoms, appeared to have shorter and less severe symptoms than those who did not.
A more recent study in 2018 reported elderberry supplements did help to relieve symptoms such as runny nose nasal congestion and cough. However, more studies are still being done.
While research specifically linking branched chain amino acids, L-leucine, L – isoleucine, and l-valine is scarce, BCAAs can be especially beneficial during sickness due to their high bioavailability and easily digestible properties. If a cold and flu is preventing adequate intake and hydration, BCAAs can help to relieve symptoms by providing the body with at least some fuel, hydration, and energy to continue to fight off the illness.
Protea Nutrition’s Vegan Aminos packs all four of the above vitamins into one, delicious and easy to drink supplement. Originally formulated to enhance lean muscle and healthy fat loss by preserving lean muscle during calorie-controlled diets and cardiovascular training, vegan aminos contains clean, naturally occurring amino acids and elderberry extract. All of which work to increase the body’s internal collagen production for optimal skin, hair, joint and immune support.
You don’t need to wait until you become sick to snag these supplements either. Keeping these in your daily routine can help keep your immune system healthy and strong so you’re more likely to fend off an impending illness before it even has a chance to bring you down.