When the season changes into swinging weather patterns and colder, rainier days, it's time to start giving ourselves some extra immunity-boosting love. Here are three of our top vitamin picks—and foods packing them—for staying healthy and getting proactive about prevention during cold and flu season. We're also highlighting a few of our smoothies that are great go-to blends to help you get your vitamins easily.
This vitamin is one of the biggest immune system boosters that can help fight off illness. Daily intake of vitamin C is essential because our bodies don't produce or store it. Foods rich in C include citrus fruits (e.g., lemons, oranges), berries, peppers, spinach, kale & broccoli.
Another reason to love vitamin C is that it helps with the absorption of plant-based iron, which is boosted when paired with a source of vitamin C. Check out the blends below that are high in vitamin C and Iron.
This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection. It also supports vision, reproduction, and health of your blood, muscles, brain and skin.
Natural ingredient sources containing vitamin E are the best choice. Some of the foods rich in vitamin E include wheat germ oil, almonds, peanuts, leafy greens and avocado. If you take a supplement, it may not offer the same benefits and, in some cases, can be dangerous to your health.
This vitamin is important for keeping your nervous and immune systems healthy. Deficiency in vitamin B6 can cause anemia, dermatitis, depression, and a weakened immune system. Some of the food sources of vitamin B-6 include spinach, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, avocado, salmon, tuna, poultry, some nuts, and bananas.
A vitamin B6 deficiency is usually coupled with deficiencies in other B vitamins, such as folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12. The recommended daily amount of vitamin B6 for adults is 1.3 milligrams. Our fave Vitamin B containing blends are highlighted below.
Our Fave Blends that are high in Vitamins C, B, & E
Thanks to its spirulina, B12, dandelion, and mega-high vitamin packing, this is your superstar for immunity-boosting, recovery, and mental function powerhouse. Its nutrition panel is beyond impressive with high levels of vitamins A, B-6, B-12, C, K, iron and calcium. If you need a health-boost, The Remedy is your smoothie every time.
For low-carb followers and fans of not-sweet smoothies, the Greens D-tox is your immunity-boosting power blend. High in Vitamins C, B and E, your prevention game is strong. Want to go super low carb? The Daily Greens Keto is another good bet with only 6 grams net carbs. These two are also very high in plant-based iron, vitamins A, K, and calcium.
This smoothie is always a one-a-day habit, immunity-boosting fave that makes getting your greens & a whole bunch of essential vitamins including B-6, B-12 & C. It's also high in plant-based iron. Check out Green Daily Dose's brag sheet (aka nutrition panel) and meet your new daily supplement routine.