By: Carrie Johanningmeier, Wellness Buyer
As summer gasps its last breath, fall comes rolling in on its heels bringing us beautiful bright colors and cooler temperatures. Kids head back to the classroom and we all spend more time indoors. Here are some of our top selling back-to-school supplements to help boost brain power and improve immunity to ensure you and your kids get a healthy start this school year.
Emergen-C – A vitamin drink mix that has essential nutrients, including 1,000 mg of Vitamin C and other immune supporting antioxidants like zinc and manganese. Also B vitamins to enhance energy naturally and help you replenish your electrolytes.
River Hills Harvest Elderberry Juice – Protects the mucous membranes from infection and congestion. It’s high in flavonoid compounds which make it a great antiviral to fight off colds and flu quickly, boost the immune system, and keep you healthy during the winter months. I use it during any time of stress, the back-to-school phase and any time my immune system is compromised.
Megafood Megaflora – Probiotic blend containing 14 beneficial probiotics, including strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These friendly bacteria help reestablish intestinal flora which not only help digestion but boost immunity. Probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in children and adults.
Nordic Naturals Complete Omega Junior – Offers a full spectrum of essential omega fatty acids to support learning and language, brain function, and nervous and immune system health for ages 5-teens.
Natural Vitality Calm – A relaxing magnesium supplement that provides calm energy and supports good sleep for occasions when you have a hard time turning your mind off and going to sleep.
Vitamin D – My top immune supplement of choice. It’s crucial for activating the body’s immune defenses since without sufficient intake the T cells will not be able to react and fight off infections.
Cold Snap – An herbal supplement containing twenty different herbs to restore righteous chi. Instead of stimulating the system or eliminating toxins they nourish and build your chi, which in turn helps fight off “unwanted guests” such as stress, contagious sickness, chills and heat.
Bach Rescue Remedy – A natural stress and emotional relief remedy. Deals with everyday fears, daydreaming, self-esteem, worries, depression, self-acceptance, etc. Eases your nerves and keeps you calm during those stressful moments.
Echinacea – Stimulates immune activity and strengthens cells against invading microorganisms. For best results, take immediately after being exposed or at the first sign of symptoms. If symptoms are full blown, Echinacea usually shortens the duration. This herb is most beneficial if not taken on a daily basis. Discontinue use after 10-14 days.
Astragalus – An immune system booster that strengthens general vitality, improves digestion and builds up the body’s defense against viruses. A great tonic to keep in your routine, but alternate with another immune boosting herb such as Echinacea so as not to build up a tolerance.