We decided against the flu shot and good for us, we did not succumb to advertising aimed to get one, even for free.
Vitamins A, C and D are indispensable in keeping the immune system strong. The immune system protects against most infectious diseases. However, some germs are formidable foes because by constantly mutating they can break defenses easily. To protect ourselves, we are looking towards vitamin supplements for help and each year it seems to become more urgent to find stronger ones.
Having been a staunch supporter of vitamin supplements in the past, I now believe that encapsulated vitamins are not the only solution and should not be solely relied on. Organically grown fruits and vegetables, from well-maintained soil with light energy from the sun are much better choices to build a solid immune system. They are imparting their life force on us whereas vitamins with binders and fillers in a capsule do not.
Vitamins are thought of as nutrients, but only indirectly. They are coenzymes active in metabolizing food and must be taken with or after a meal to be effective. Vitamins can be useful if taken together with a high quality diet.
The vitamin supplements I prefer are concentrated foods from different sources either in powder or liquid form. Their bioavailability is assured because the body does not have to attend to dissolving capsules or decomposing tablets. These are super foods.
What Are Super Foods?
Super foods are products with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Large quantities of vegetables and fruits are carefully condensed into powders or liquids to retain all nutrients. Super foods can also be unprocessed oils with high vitamin and fatty acid content. Super foods are manufactured from native and foreign plants, often newly discovered or used in other cultures as medicine for centuries and studied here for their special healing properties.
These contain many varieties of greens, berries, herbs and algae, such as Wheatgrass, Spirulina, Chlorella, Goji berries, Acai, Noni, Bee Pollen, Maca, Cacao and Guayaki Yerba Mate, Moringa Leaf and more. Green foods have phytochemicals, chlorophyll, amino acids, enzymes and fibers besides vitamins A, as beta-carotenes, B and C as well as minerals. The many nutrients in Green Foods work synergistically with each other. Supplements do not have this property.
Always look for organic products. The price is higher, but this denotes the quality.
Fulvic Acid or Shilajit
Both are constituents of rich organic humus formed from ancient vegetation over many years. Fulvic acid has been studied for decades, but now has reached full recognition as super food of the 21st century. It is used in cancer treatments and as an immune booster. Shilajit is the same, but comes from a region in the Himalayas and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Both come in powder form. The dose is only 1/8 of a teaspoon per day.
Vitamin C powder
In powdered form, vitamin C is made from whole acerola cherries, camu camu pomegranates, Goji and other fruits and vegetables. It is perfect for shakes.
Brewer’s Yeast or Nutritional Yeast
Both these yeasts provide a day’s worth of vitamins, all B vitamins with the exception of B12, which is added. They can be added to soups and sauces, as a seasoning for popcorn, which children love, and in a drink. The yeasts are high in protein and fiber.
This is the product left after all sugar is extracted from sugar cane. It contains minerals, especially easily absorbed and non-constipating iron, an exceptional blood-builder during pregnancy.
Lecithin is not so much an immune system supporter as it is a precursor to acetylcholine, instrumental in transmitting nerve impulses. It is considered a brain food. However, as a phospholipid it is important for all cell functions and this includes immune functions as well.
This vitamin, which is also a hormone since it is synthesized by the sun on the skin and not supplied through soil, has been found critical for immune health in recent years. Although taken in high dosages as a supplement, it is still better to take a walk in the sun. People are afraid of cancer from the sun. The sun is avoided and the body covered with sunscreen, so detrimental in the attempt to achieve good health. A strong immune system will protect, even from the sun should the sun be harmful, but the sun is healing. There is heliotherapy, healing by the sun.
Dr. Mercola says that vitamin D can cut flu risk in half and in other places studies show that low vitamin D levels report more cases of cold and flu. Vitamin D is very important in bone health together with calcium.
Vitamin D is available in foods such as fatty fish, cod liver oil, and mushrooms. Although cereals and milk are fortified with this vitamin, they are not recommendable since cereals and milk are processed foods from inferior sources.
There is no reason to resort to vitamins from a bottle only. Super foods, which can easily be made into shakes or added to cooked food, are benevolent and strong supporters of an immune system together with a high quality daily diet consisting of red and green vegetables and fruits, good fats and grass-fed meats.
Super foods made into drinks or accommodated into recipes make a real difference that can be felt in better energy, quicker recovery if you should get sick or, above all, in not “coming down” with anything.