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Here at Holland & Barrett, we stock a wide range of products to help support your immune system, including various vitamins and minerals.
Whilst there is not much we can do about our genes, the one thing we can do to support the immune system is to control our diets.
There are certain vitamins and minerals that help the immune system function normally, so making sure that we keep them topped up is key.
There is a reason your doctor tells you to make sure you are getting enough vitamin C during the winter months. This vitamin is essential for the normal functioning of your immune system.
If you are concerned that you might not be getting enough vitamin C naturally, through your daily diet, then you might want to think about taking an additional vitamin C supplement.
Holland & Barrett Vitamin C with Wild Rose Hips Caplets contains rose hips, for a natural source of vitamin C, to help support the normal function of the immune system.
The elusive vitamin D is key for normal immune function but it is hard to get in areas like the UK.
This is because the main source of vitamin D comes from the direct exposure of the skin to sunlight and we do not see that much of it year round in the UK!
You can get vit D from some foods, including red meat, egg yolks and oily fish but some diets do not include these. Do not worry though, a vitamin D supplement could sort you out and keep your levels topped up.
Holland & Barrett Vitamin D3 Tablets contribute to the maintenance of normal bones, muscles function and the normal functioning of the immune system.
The body needs essential mineral zinc for a variety of important tasks.
One of these is supporting particular functions of the immune system.
Keep your zinc levels up with a zinc supplement like Holland & Barrett Maximum Strength Zinc Tablets.
Manuka honey is a special high-quality honey made in the wild pastures of New Zealand. It contains naturally powerful antibacterial properties and Manuka honey can do wonders for a sore throat when you mix it with warm water!
For hundreds of years, people have been taking echinacea for colds to help relieve the symptoms and duration of cold and flu illnesses. Echinacea has been used traditionally to relieve the symptoms of common cold and influenza-type infections.
When your immune system has not quite managed to fight off little niggles such as colds, it might be time to take something to help with the symptoms you are experiencing.
For hundreds of years, people have been taking echinacea to help relieve the symptoms of cold and flu-like illnesses, based on traditional use only.
Holland & Barrett Echinacea Cold & Flu Capsules is a traditional herbal medicinal product for the common cold and influenza type infections.
Vitamins for the immune system at Holland & Barrett come in a variety of different forms from tablets to spray with many items suitable for vegans. A variety of our vitamins provide immunity support - especially during the winter months - and a range of other different benefits from the maintenance of healthy teeth and bones to the support of normal collagen formation.
Vitamin D3 is also known as the sunshine vitamin, as we get it from exposure to the sun.
It helps to support the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which in turn helps to keep bones strong. Vitamin D3 also helps to support the normal functioning of the immune system.
There are a few food sources of vitamin D3, including fish such as salmon and mackerel as well as egg yolks. But we often do not eat enough of these to get the amounts of Vitamin D3 we really need.
We also get vitamin D3 from exposure to the sun. But it can be difficult to get sufficient exposure during the winter months or if you spend a lot of time working inside.
Therefore it is recommended that you should take a daily vitamin D3 supplement.
You should take one Holland & Barrett Vitamin D3 Tablet daily, preferably with a meal.
Fruits and vegetables can help to support the normal functioning of the immune system, thanks to their vitamin content.
Citrus fruits such as grapefruits and oranges are high in vitamin C, and broccoli is packed full of vitamins and minerals, as well as containing vitamins A, C and E, fibre and antioxidants.
Vitamin C has a number of important functions in the body. It helps to maintain normal skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.
You can take a vitamin C dietary supplement to help top up your vitamin C levels.
You can take one to four Holland & Barrett Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips Tablets each day, preferably with meals.
These have a yummy orange flavour and you can opt to chew them, so they are perfect for anyone who does not like swallowing tablets whole.
Zinc is a nutrient which is found in cells throughout the body. It helps to support the normal functioning of the immune system, as well as supporting the production of proteins and DNA.
Holland & Barrett High Strength Zinc Tablets is a high strength, daily zinc supplement, which is a great way to boost the overall levels of zinc in your body.
Red meat and poultry are some of the best sources of zinc.
Vegan sources of zinc include beans, nuts, whole grains and fortified breakfast cereals.
If your diet is low in zinc, you can also take a dietary supplement.
Immunity is the ability of an organism to resist a toxin or infection.
In humans, this means the body’s ability to prevent pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, from invading and causing harm or illness.
The immune system is made up of a number of different organs, cells and proteins within the body, which all work together to protect the body from invasion from bacteria and viruses.
There are two different parts that make up the immune system. The innate immune system is the one which you are born with, and the adaptive immune system is the one which you develop as you are exposed to microbes.
These two parts work together to protect you from infections and viruses.
In humans, the immune system acts as the body’s defence against infections. It attacks germs and foreign substances, banishing them from the body.
Our immune system defends the body from infections and diseases. The functioning of our immune system is determined by multiple factors, including our genetic makeup, our lifestyle, our diet and the environments that we have been exposed to over the years.
You can support your immune system by ensuring that you are getting the right nutrients, through both your diet and by taking supplements.
You can take a vitamin-specific supplement if there is one you feel that you are deficient in, or else, an all-round immune support supplement.
Starpowa Triple Immune Support Vitamin Summer Fruits Flavoured Gummies contains a special formula featuring vitamin C, vitamin D3 and zinc which all help to support the normal functioning of the immune system.