submitted by GNC Newtown
Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place. They are looking for supplements that actually boost immune function, resulting in greater all around health throughout the year. Here are some of the most effective remedies on the market.
ACAI BERRY – Native to the Amazon rainforest, the acai berry is one of the most nutritious berries on the planet. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries for its healing, immune-stimulating and energy boosting properties. Studies have also shown it to promote heart health, digestion and mental focus.
BEE POLLEN – Bees collect pollen from plants, mix it with secretions from their salivary gland and give us an extraordinarily healthy food. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids and bioflavanoids. This gives it high antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Bee pollen also has a powerful ant-inflammatory effect which further adds to immune-boosting character.
MUSHROOM COMPLEX – Many immune boosting supplements now include reishi, maitake and shitake mushrooms. Reishi mushrooms are one of the most beneficial types of fungi on the planet. They have been found to boost energy, lower blood pressure, slow the aging process and reduce inflammation. Maitake mushrooms contain specific polysaccharides known as beta-D-glucans, that stimulate immune function. Other benefits of Maitake mushrooms include controlling blood sugar, lowering cholesterol and stabilizing blood pressure. Shitake mushrooms
ELDERBERRY EXTRACT – In numerous clinical studies, elderberry extract demonstrated potent ant-viral properties. It is particularly effective against the flu virus because of its ability to prevent it from reproducing in our bodies.