We’re in an ‘everyone’s getting it’ situation right now, so we thought it would be a good time to help make sure you’re nourishing with the essentials that support keeping you healthy and recover faster if you get sick.
Here are some of our top vitamin & mineral picks for immunity and recovery. Are you getting yours on the daily?
Four for Immune Support
Zinc has big immune-boosting properties and disease-fighting potential. It’s a micronutrient that helps your immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses, and helps the body heal wounds, supports sense of smell and taste, and can even boost your mood. Plant-based foods high in zinc include legumes, nuts, seeds (hemp, flax, chia), whole grains (quinoa and rice), vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, asparagus), cacao (in all our chocolatey smoothies).
Zinc is best absorbed when combined with protein: poultry, fish, tofu, sprouted proteins and legumes are great foods for supporting it.
The protein casein, which is found in dairy products, should be avoided while eating zinc rich foods as casein is an inhibitor for zinc absorption. Avoid blending your zinc-rich (chocolate) blends with cow milk.
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. Some of the foods rich in vitamin E include wheat germ oil, almonds, peanuts, leafy greens and avocado.
Natural ingredient sources containing vitamin E are the best choice. 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 B-6 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 B-6 deficiency is usually coupled with deficiency in other B vitamins, such as folate (vitamin B-9) and vitamin B-12. The recommended daily amount of vitamin B-6 for adults is 1.3 milligrams.
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. C-rich foods include citrus fruits (eg. lemons, oranges), berries, red 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.
Blends for Immune Strength
Here are a few of our top picks for immune system strength & support:
Bonus: our blends are also orchestrated with an ideal combination of ingredients to maximize absorption, which is an important part of truly getting your essential nutrients in.
Thanks to its spirulina, B12, dandelion, and mega vitamin-packing, this blend is a superstar for immunity strength, recovery and mental function. Its nutrition panel is next level impressive with high Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, K, iron & calcium.
This blend was designed to keep your immunity-game strong, give a mega-antioxidant boost (thanks camu camu), and support stress and anxiety management (hooray ashwagandha). Nutrition panel RDI highlights: 300% Vitamin-C, 50% magnesium, 25% iron, 30% folate, 20% vitamin K, 10% vitamin E, 20% zinc.
Always an immunity-boosting fave one-a-day habit 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 its brag sheet (aka nutrition panel) and meet your new daily supplement routine.
Don’t let the delicious chocolate-rich taste fool you, this blend is mega-healthy and packs over 100% of your Zinc RDI, adaptogens lion’s mane & cordyceps support your immune system and mental health, while the maca gives you a natural energy boost. Also high in magnesium, iron, vitamins C & B6.
For the days that you want to boost with a warm soup. It’s a go-to for cold & flu prevention, recovery support, immunity-boosting and inflammation-fighting. It has a whopping ten servings of veggies per pack and antioxidant-packed to keep your body and mind healthy. RDI brag sheet includes 100% to 200+ % of Vitamins A, C, K, and 47% B6, 20% iron, folate 45%.
Check out our full Immunity-Boosting collection: BLENDS FOR IMMUNITY