Natural Immune Support for Kids

Posted on October 6, 2014 by admin in Children’s Health, Herbal Remedies, Supplements

Natural Immune Support for Kids

As we come into cold and flu season, it becomes more and more important to help our children fight off all of those illnesses they are going to be exposed to. We can do this by supporting their immune systems with herbal supplements that activate and boost their immune responses. Here are our top 3 supplements that provide natural immune support for kids:

The body uses zinc in 4 ways: 1) to make proteins and DNA in each cell, 2) to help children grow and develop properly, 3) to help the body heal, and 4) to help the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. If taken within 24 hours of contracting a cold, zinc has been shown to induce a faster recovery. Whenever you are taking zinc supplements, it is important to also take a copper supplement since higher doses of zinc can deplete the body’s copper levels.

Zinc, or ascorbic acid, is best known as being an antioxidant that protects the body’s cells from free radical damage, but it is also a highly effective immune enhancer. It has been shown to shorten the length of the common cold when taken on a regular basis.

Echinacea is known for stimulating the immune system to fight off infections and reduce cold symptoms. It seems to work by helping the body reduce inflammation that leads to the cold and flu. Taking Echinacea at the onset of cold or flu symptoms has been shown to greatly reduce the symptoms, severity and length of the illness.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

*  This information is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

Sources:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/echinacea/ataglance.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.html

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-Consumer/

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