Back-to-School Immune Defense for Parents

Video Transcript:

It’s back-to-school season. And I want to share with you some tips to help you fortify and bolster your immune system. Because when kids go back to school, we will often see an increase in doctor’s appointments, where folks are getting some colds or viral invasions that are just related to all the kids going back to school. And increasing our immune defense mechanism is going to be helpful in keeping you healthy and well with the start of school.

Fortify Your Immune System

So, I’m going to share with you some options for you to add to your catalog of resources that will both modulate and balance your immune response, as well as fortify your system, so that you are stronger immune-wise and can easily combat any type of viral invasion. This is also highly effective for any of my long COVID haulers or anybody who is dealing with post-COVID infection that might already have a weaker, a less modulated immune system. 

Vitamin C, Zinc, and Elderberry

So, my first recommendation here, I really, really love the Immunity 3. This is a fantastic supplement because it has both vitamin C, it has zinc, and then it has the immunity blend – this is the amazing blend of camu camu and elderberry. And the camu camu is very high in the vitamin C content. So, you are going to be getting a natural hit of vitamin C, and it actually is one of the best sources from a natural plant-derived source for vitamin C. So, Immunity 3 is a really good compliment to your everyday routine and just helping to balance your immune state.

And zinc is also another supplement that, actually it’s a mineral that we will add in to help at the beginning of that immune response. So, if you aren’t consuming any type of zinc or you’re not getting a lot of zinc in your dietary everyday requirements, maybe you’re not eating a lot of meat or are more vegetarian based, we have a really good zinc arginine and zinc glycinate. So, it’s a 50/50 blend, which is really good – assorted forms of zinc are always good to balance things out. So, I recommend Immunity 3. This is fantastic.

Fermented Functional Mushrooms

The other supplement that I recommend is the 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+]. This gives you the mushroom potency to help modulate and regulate your immune system. And one of the fantastic things that we see in this particular blend is its fermented mushroom extracts, which means the fermentation process actually heightens the bioavailability of the mushroom compounds. And mushrooms, categorically, are very good at helping regulate and modulate an either underactive or overactive immune system.

So, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite mushrooms you’re going to find in here. There’s turkey tail, you’re going to find chaga, we have maitake, we have lion’s mane, we have shiitake, reishi. We have the fruiting bodies as well. And this is just so powerful at helping support your immune response mechanism. 

Multiple Systems Support with Magnesium

And when it comes to fighting viruses and any type of ick that you might be exposed to, one of the most important nutrients that we all tend to have lacking in our body is magnesium. So, magnesium, adding a really good magnesium blend, like the Magnesium 7, that has assorted forms of magnesium to support the assorted muscle groups and organ and glandular soft tissue requirements… we actually require magnesium in over 600 body enzymatic reactions. So, when we’re deficient, there’s obviously a deficiency when it comes to our immune response.

Recommended Supplementation Even if Your Household Doesn’t Include Kids

So, these three are very powerful at supporting your immune system, especially with return of school. And even if you don’t have kids, kids are going to be around, they’re shopping, they’re in stores or in restaurants, they’re going to be everywhere, and so it’s always a good idea if you have children in your family or it’s back-to-school season for your household to just bolster your immune system.

So, those are my tips for you today, and I’m very excited that you should be starting the beginning of school season, bolstered and modulated to help support and get you over any type of viral or bacterial influences that come with the return-of-school season. 

Organixx Immunity 3 gives you natural immune system support against harmful viruses & bacteria, including the common cold, influenza, and sinusitis. This ultimate 3-in-1 immune support supplement provides 3 powerhouse nutrients in one convenient daily formula: organic camu camu (vitamin C), organic elderberry & 2 forms of zinc.

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Micro-Dosing with Immunity 3 to Help Shorten Symptom Duration

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One of the common questions that we get from many of you is, “How often should I take the Immunity 3 supplement?”

Immunity 3 is amazing for supporting your immune system, and it has deep beneficial properties to help support your stress response mechanism, balance your hormones, and ultimately just lift up how your body is responding to life every day. So, let me share with you my recommendations based on the ingredients that we find in here.

The Power of Immunity 3: What’s in it?

So, the most kind of forward ingredient that we have here in the Immunity 3 is camu camu. Camu camu is an amazing powerhouse power punch of vitamin C. It has 50 times the vitamin C you’re going to find in normal vitamin C supplementation that’s plant-based. Which, by the way, one of the benefits of reaching for Immunity 3 is that you’re getting whole organic berry powder. Which, that’s what camu camu, it’s an Amazonian berry, so you’re getting an unadulterated form of this berry. So, that means you’re getting the most bioavailable form of vitamin C.

The other thing that we have in here, in the ingredients, we have two extensively bioavailable zincs. This is really exciting, because a lot of times zinc needs to be bonded with something else. Basically, I consider it, if zinc comes over to see you for a little coffee hour or for a tea date, it needs to bring a friend along, otherwise, it can’t show up fully. So, what we see is zinc needs to be partnered up often with a helper.

We find that we have two amino acids that are helpers. We have the zinc arginate, which is L-arginine. That’s the amino acid that brings that particular form into the body, and then we have zinc glycinate, and that has glycine, a very common amino acid. So you’re getting very bioavailable forms, which is great, because now we can look at specifically the bioavailability and its potency – that factors into the frequency of taking it. Also, the other ingredient in here is elderberry and elderberry is a wonderful immune booster.

Start Micro-Dosing at the Start of Onset Symptoms

So, what I recommend for folks, if you are noticing that you have a little tickling of your throat, or your ears start to get kind of plugged up, or you start to feel that sinus headache or just the malaise, just starting to get that muscle ache, kind of beginning of what feels like the cold or the flu, especially now it could be the flu or COVID. So, what I recommend is the magic of the Immunity 3 is, one, make sure you have it on hand. So, you don’t want to be without zinc when you have these onsets, we call them “onset symptoms.”

When you experience an onset of symptoms, that’s when you want to act fast, and we want to do what we call micro-dosing. So at the onset, you want to start taking your Immunity 3. What I recommend is taking it in a microdose – two capsules, two to three times throughout the day and spaced out usually two or three hours. So you just do microdose, microdose, microdose, and you’re really power-punching it with the vitamin C, with the two super bioavailable forms with the right amino acid helpers that are going to integrate the 15 milligrams of zinc right on into your immune system. Then you’ve got the elderberry, which is great for a lot of the symptoms and just also supporting your immune system.

So, that is what I recommend. That frequency would really be for the first four to five days, but generally, when people start to take zinc and vitamin C at the onset of symptoms, we notice, and there’s a lot of research on this, that we see the symptom duration shorten. So, it depends on what you’re dealing with that would be essentially the symptom duration, but make sure you have this on hand, grab extra so that if one or more people in your family, you’ve got everybody targeted with the onset of micro-dosing. So, that’s what I recommend.

Trace Minerals for Balancing Zinc

I do have another caveat. Because zinc, especially in these forms is so potent and is going to be integrated very successfully into your body, you want to make sure you pair the Immunity 3 up with a very beneficial trace mineral complex. I say that, because one of the things when we are taking zinc, and this is a shorter period of time what I’m recommending, but I still like to balance it. It’s all about balance, and minerals have their own kind of balance within the body. Zinc needs to be in equal balance with copper. When we have extra dosing of zinc, we need to bring up our dosing of copper.

Why I don’t recommend just taking copper, I like to have the full trace mineral complex, because that’s also pro-supportive of your immune state, but also it will help balance out the zinc and copper. I talk a little bit more if you follow us here for future videos and emails, I will be sharing a little bit more about zinc types, how much, what’s the kind of max dosing, all those good details, but make sure you balance your zinc with a good trace mineral. So, those are my tips today for you to enjoy the powerful benefits of Immunity 3.

Organixx Immunity 3 gives you natural immune system support against harmful viruses & bacteria, including the common cold, influenza, and sinusitis. This ultimate 3-in-1 immune support supplement provides 3 powerhouse nutrients in one convenient daily formula: organic camu camu (vitamin C), organic elderberry & 2 forms of zinc.

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Boost Your Immune System with Fermented Supplements

How Mushroom Supplements Can Help with Immunity

During this global health crisis, many people are looking for ways to boost their immune systems. You can aid your immune system significantly by eating fruits and vegetables (preferably ones high in fiber and low in sugar), eating fermented foods, exercising regularly, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest.

If you feel like your immune system still needs an extra kick, start upping your fermented foods game by adding a daily mushroom supplement.

How Does Fermentation Work?

When something is fermented, its sugars are broken down by microorganisms. Among these microorganisms are the bacteria your body needs to digest food and absorb nutrients properly.

The three main types of fermentation are:

Why Fermented Supplements Are Good for You

Consuming fermented products (beer, wine, and alcohol in moderation, of course) helps restore and maintain your gut bacteria. Those bacteria make it easier for your digestive system to absorb nutrients.

The same concept applies to fermented supplements. By using fermented ingredients, like a mushroom immune supplement, your body will more readily absorb the healing properties in your food.

The Benefits of a Mushroom Supplement

Mushrooms can be a great source of vitamin D, zinc, and potassium, in a powerful low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber food. In addition to bolstering your immune system, a supplement containing a fermented antioxidant blend of mushrooms may help to:

Nurture with Nature

You care about your health, and adding fermented foods to your diet is vital for boosting your immune system. Using a mushroom supplement is a simple, effective way to accomplish your health goals.

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Does Zinc Help Your Immune System? Here’s What You Need to Know

Zinc is the second-most abundant metal in your body, with a total of 2-4 grams distributed throughout your body’s tissues [1]. Present in every cell, it was first identified as an essential mineral back in 1963 [2]. Zinc appears to be required for nearly every fundamental cellular activity, including cell proliferation and differentiation, RNA and DNA synthesis, as well as stabilization of various cell structures including cell membranes [3].

But does zinc help your immune system? During cold & flu season, and especially in this era of Covid, we’re all extra concerned about immune function. You may even have heard about the importance of certain nutrients such as vitamin C and zinc for immunity. In this article, we’re delving into the connection between zinc deficiency and immune function, who’s most at risk for zinc deficiency, and 6 key ways that zinc influences immune system response.  

What Function Does Zinc Have in the Body?

Zinc is intimately involved in many critical biochemical functions. For instance, it is estimated that over 300 enzymes and nearly 2000 transcription factors in our body require zinc to function properly.

Transcription factors are proteins that control the rate of conversion of stored genetic information in DNA to so-called “messenger RNA” (mRNA). Every protein in our body is made using a specific mRNA as a blueprint. Proteins encoded by up to 10% of our DNA may potentially interact with zinc.

Zinc Deficiency Is a Global Problem


Unfortunately, zinc deficiency affects up to 2 billion people worldwide, especially in the developing world [4,5]. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), zinc deficiency is the fifth leading cause of death and illness in developing countries.

In the U.S., roughly 12% of the population – and perhaps as many as 40% of the elderly – appear to be at risk for zinc deficiency, likely because of a poor diet and/or poor zinc absorption in the gut. Studies confirm that zinc levels decline with age.

Indeed, there are striking similarities between zinc deficiency and aging, especially with regards to immune status [6]. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of their zinc status, either because they have never been tested, or because existing tests are not very reliable.

Signs of Zinc Deficiency

Some of the typical symptoms of zinc deficiency include:


Low levels of zinc consumption have also been linked to greater DNA damage, both in laboratory animals and in healthy men [7,8,9]. This is not surprising, since zinc seems to play a critical role in maintaining DNA integrity and is known to be an essential component of multiple proteins involved in protection against oxidative stress and in carrying out DNA damage repair.

Who Is Most at Risk for Zinc Deficiency?

Certain groups of people are more likely than others to be deficient in zinc [10]. This includes:

How Much Zinc Does Your Body Need?

Since zinc cannot be made or stored in your body, you need to consume it regularly via your diet or supplements. Recommended daily intake depends on your:

In the U.S., the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for zinc is 11 mg for adult men and 8 mg for adult women, with slightly higher doses recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women [12].

Keep in mind, however, that for the most part, the Recommended Daily Allowance represents the minimum quantity of a substance that a person needs to prevent diseases directly related to that deficiency. The Upper Intake limit (UI) of zinc for both men and women is 34 mg, and 40 mg for pregnant and nursing mothers.

The Best Food Sources of Zinc

In general, you can get enough zinc for your body’s needs by eating foods such as:

foods naturally high in zinc

If you follow a plant-based diet, it’s important to be aware that zinc from plant sources is not as easily absorbed by the body as zinc from animal sources. Beans, nuts, seeds, and grains are also high in phytates which can impede zinc absorption.

How Does Zinc Help the Immune System?

Now that we’ve reviewed the key roles zinc plays in the body, some common zinc deficiency causes, and some of the best food sources of zinc, let’s dig into the specifics of zinc and its role in immunity and inflammation.

Zinc plays a critical role in your immune system’s readiness to fight infections and disease. This micronutrient is important for the development, maintenance, and function of immune cells of both the innate and adaptive immune systems [13].

Additionally, zinc acts as a signaling molecule between immune cells [14]. Not surprisingly, zinc deficiency compromises immune function and results in increased susceptibility to infections, along with higher levels of inflammation [15].


Zinc deficiency has been shown to alter the development, number, and function of certain immune system cells: neutrophils, dendritic cells, mast cells, macrophages, T-, and B-cells [16,17].

On the other hand, zinc supplementation restores most aspects of immunity and suppresses inflammation. For instance, zinc supplements have been shown to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections, including the common cold [18,19]. Zinc is also an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

6 Key Ways That Zinc Impacts Immune System Response

There are six important ways zinc can interact with and influence specific components of your immune system.

#1 – Zinc Helps to Maintain Membrane Barrier Structure and Function

Zinc contributes to our innate defense (i.e., your immunity) by maintaining membrane barrier structure and function – especially in vulnerable areas like the lung and intestine. In laboratory experiments, zinc supplementation has been shown to preserve and restore membrane function and structure [20].

Zinc is also an integral component of the skin, where it stabilizes cell membranes and acts as an essential component for transcription factors and enzymes that help to maintain skin integrity and heal wounds. Additionally, zinc confers resistance against cellular damage caused by reactive oxygen species and bacterial toxins [21].


This is why zinc deficiency may result in delayed wound healing, particularly in elderly people who have a poor nutritional status. Topical, local zinc therapy appears to be better than oral therapy for wound healing by enhancing local defense systems and promoting wound epithelialization (skin growth) [22].

#2 – Zinc is Essential for Neutrophil Function

White blood cells known as neutrophils – which have powerful antimicrobial actions – protect your body against foreign invaders [23]. They migrate to wound sites or sites of infection, a process known as chemotaxis. There, they literally attack and swallow invading microorganisms (a process known as phagocytosis) before subjecting them to various reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antimicrobial proteins to kill them.

Zinc deficiency reduces both chemotaxis and phagocytosis, whereas zinc supplementation restores them. Bacterial killing by ROS after phagocytosis and other antibacterial actions of neutrophils have also been shown to be inhibited by zinc deficiency [24].

#3 – Zinc Regulates Macrophage Functions

Macrophages are a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in the innate immune system. Their job is to literally engulf and digest cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, cancer cells, and anything else that cannot be identified as healthy host cells – a process known as phagocytosis.

Zinc has been shown to regulate the many immune functions of macrophages in a number of ways. For example, the levels of zinc inside macrophages has been shown to influence their ability to carry out phagocytosis, for example in response to invading bacteria [25,26].


Alcohol abuse is associated with significant zinc deficiency in macrophages in lung alveoli. Alveoli are tiny air sacs in the lungs in which gaseous exchange takes place between the air we breathe and our blood.

This deficiency has been shown to result in impaired immune function, at least partly because of reduced antibacterial phagocytosis by macrophages [27]. Treating these alveolar macrophages with zinc was seen to significantly improve their phagocytic capacity and restore immunity.

Zinc also plays an essential role in other macrophage functions, including oxidative burst and inflammatory signaling [28].

#4 – Zinc Boosts Langerhans Cell Numbers and Function

Dendritic cells are an essential component of the immune system, acting as messengers between the innate and adaptive immune systems. Dendritic cells can be found in tissues in your body that are in contact with the outside world, such as the skin (which contain specialized dendritic cells known as Langerhans cells) and the inner lining of your nose, lungs, stomach and intestines. Zinc is essential for dendritic cell function [29].


Dendritic cells patrol the bloodstream as immature cells, differentiating into mature cells when activated by exposure to an antigen – which is any substance that causes the immune system to make antibodies against it.

Mature dendritic cells break down antigens into small proteins known as peptides, then migrate to lymph nodes where they “present” these peptides to other immune cells known as helper T cells, initiating the adaptive immune response. They also interact with B cells, helping to trigger antibody formation [30].

Langerhans cells are dendritic cells in your skin that coordinate similar immune responses against foreign antigens, including those carried by disease-causing organisms [31].

Zinc in our diet is absorbed in the intestine by a so-called “transporter” protein known as Zip4. Not surprisingly, people with hereditary mutations in Zip4 show severe symptoms of zinc deficiency, including poor immune function and recurring infections [32].

The numbers of Langerhans cells have been shown to be reduced in the skin of people with Zip4 mutations. These people develop a disorder known as acrodermatitis enteropathica, whose symptoms include alopecia (a condition that causes hair to fall out in small patches), diarrhea, and skin lesions. Promisingly, oral zinc supplementation has been shown to restore the numbers of Langerhans cells and improve clinical symptoms in these patients.

#5 – Zinc Is Important for T Cell Maturation and Function

T cells, also known as T lymphocytes, are a type of white blood cell that is an essential component of your immune system. Along with B cells, T cells help to determine the specificity of your body’s immune responses to various antigens.

There are two types of T cells:

During the adaptive immune response, helper and cytotoxic T cells combine to create an immunological memory that is able to respond rapidly and effectively to any pathogen that our body has previously encountered [33].


T cells mature in the thymus, a specialized lymphoid organ of the immune system. In humans and other mammals, zinc deficiency has been shown to cause atrophy or wasting away of the thymus, along with a reduction in the numbers of mature T-cells. Additionally, zinc status has been shown to be important for T cell activation and function [34].

Laboratory studies show that zinc supplementation in deficient animals restores normal T cell function [35]. Even a modest zinc deficiency was seen to change the expression of up to 1,200 genes related to the survival, activation, and proliferation of T cells [36].

T cell numbers and function are known to decline with age. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of elderly men and women, zinc supplementation was shown to significantly increase the numbers of both naïve and proliferating T cells [37].

#6 – Zinc Is Important for B Cell Development and Antibody Production

B cells are immune cells that make antibodies in response to antigens, which bind to proteins on their surface known as antigen receptors. B cells also convert antigens into peptides that activate helper T cells.

Signals from a bound antigen and from a helper T cell cause an individual B cell to proliferate and turn into a so-called plasma cell, which then generates a specific antibody against the bound antigen.

In laboratory experiments, zinc deficiency was shown to slow down B cell development. Zinc also significantly reduced antibody production, while zinc supplementation was seen to at least partially restore antibody levels and function [38,39,40].

In a recent study, the DNA of patients from five unrelated families – with symptoms that included B cell loss, low antibody levels, and skin disease – were examined and compared. Interestingly, in the study researchers found that all patients had mutations in the gene encoding the protein Zip7, which controls the levels of zinc inside the body’s cells [41]. They concluded that these Zip7 mutations, which led to reductions in zinc levels, likely interfered with proper B cell development in these patients.

Low Zinc Levels Increase Risk of Death in COVID-19 Patients

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accounted for nearly 94 million cases across 188 countries and territories, resulting in over 2 million deaths as of January 2020 [42]. Given zinc’s central role in immune system function, is there a connection between zinc status and COVID outcomes?


Indeed, many COVID-19 patients have been shown to be zinc deficient [43]. Perhaps not surprisingly, these patients tend to:

In a recent study, fasting plasma zinc levels were measured in 249 COVID-19 patients who had been admitted to a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, between March and April 2020 [44].

Patients who had low zinc levels upon admission were found to have higher levels of inflammation and were also more likely to die from complications related to COVID-19.

The study authors concluded that [45]:

“Our study demonstrates a correlation between serum zinc levels and COVID-19 outcome. Serum zinc levels lower than 50 µg/dl at admission correlated with worse clinical presentation, longer time to reach stability and higher mortality. Our in vitro results indicate that low zinc levels favor viral expansion in SARS-CoV2 infected cells.”

Specifically, zinc levels lower than 50mcg/dl at admission were associated with a 2.3-fold greater increased risk of in-hospital death compared with patients whose zinc levels were 50mcg/dl or higher.

Health Risks of Excessive Zinc

While getting adequate zinc through diet and supplementation is beneficial, zinc toxicity can be both acute and chronic.

Symptoms of acute toxicity associated with high zinc consumption include:

Results from the AREDS study indicate that chronically high zinc consumption may adversely affect urinary physiology [46].

Zinc supplements also have the potential to interact with several types of medications, including certain antibiotics; penicillamine, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis; and certain diuretics. As always, we recommend consulting with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have any existing health conditions.

Support a Strong Immune System With Organixx Immunity 3

Immunity 3 from Organixx provides you with 15 mg of zinc from two forms (zinc glucinate and zinc arginate) for better absorption and higher tolerability. Organic camu camu (vitamin C) and elderberry extract round out the trio of natural immune-supporting nutrients in Immunity 3.

Organixx Immunity 3 gives you natural immune system support against harmful viruses & bacteria, including the common cold, influenza, and sinusitis. This ultimate 3-in-1 immune support supplement provides 3 powerhouse nutrients in one convenient daily formula: organic camu camu (vitamin C), organic elderberry & 2 forms of zinc.

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What Are the Best Vitamins to Boost Your Immune System?

Simply put, the first line of human defense against any type of infection is the immune system. It’s how our bodies keep the enemy out of the gates, so to speak, and it’s why maintaining strong immunity at all times is critically important for health and vitality. But are you confident that your own immune system is really where it needs to be?

Many people think they’re healthy until disease strikes and their immune systems are put to the test. They suddenly find that every cold, cough, flu, and stomach bug that goes around ends up taking root, no matter what they seem to do. And the only thing left is to try to manage their symptoms with whatever the local drug store has to offer. Is this really what true health and wellness looks like?


If you’re someone who finds yourself getting sick at the drop of a hat, or who constantly battles with some degree of feeling under the weather, then chances are you have a vitamin deficiency. You may be thinking to yourself, but I take vitamin supplements every day. To which you then need to ask yourself the question: are the vitamins I take really vitamins?

As strange as it might sound, many so-called vitamins sold at retail stores and online aren’t even close to being the same as the vitamins naturally found in food. They’re synthetic impostors that, at best, provide minimal wellness support. At worst, your body recognizes them as toxins, meaning they can actually make your health worse [1].

Synthetic vs. Natural: Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal

Vitamins are a multi-billion-dollar industry that is largely dominated by the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies have figured out all kinds of ways to synthesize the compounds found in nature and peddle these artificial knockoffs to health-conscious people as dietary supplements.

Ascorbic Acid Is Not the Same As Real Vitamin C

Take vitamin C, for instance, which is one of the first vitamins people think of in relation to the immune system. Most of the vitamin C on store shelves today is actually ascorbic acid, a fractionated portion of real vitamin C that one expert in the field describes as the “antioxidant wrapper” portion of true whole food vitamin C [2].

Doctor Hands Supplement Bottle to Customer

Besides the fact that a bulk of it is manufactured in China from questionable ingredients (along with most other vitamins, it turns out [3]), this synthetic form of vitamin C is functionally incomplete. Ascorbic acid lacks the full-spectrum benefits of real vitamin C because it’s created in a laboratory with “dead” chemicals that the body has a hard time recognizing, let alone processing.

Is Your Vitamin A and E Fake?

The same is true of most vitamin A and E supplements, which are isolated molecular compounds that lack the complexes and cofactors necessary for activation within the body. These inferior vitamin isolates simply can’t perform like their natural counterparts because they’re fake, to put it in basic terms.

Unfortunately, most vitamin supplements on the market today fall into this inferior category. Unless they’re derived from real, whole foods (which most of them aren’t), they will always pale in comparison to what you would otherwise naturally find in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as in pasture-raised meat and dairy products.

Read the Vitamin Ingredients Label


If the ingredients list on a vitamin bottle lists the vitamin’s common name alongside its scientific name in parenthesis, it’s almost guaranteed to be synthetic.

This is true whether you’re looking at a bottle of vitamin C or a multivitamin containing vitamin C along with many other vitamins. If it doesn’t specifically say that it was derived from real food, in other words, then it almost certainly wasn’t.

Why Whole Food Vitamins Are Superior to Synthetics

While fake vitamins can, in some cases, provide some benefits, they’re altogether inferior no matter how you look at it. Because they lack certain biological “partners in crime,” synthetic vitamins actually function more like pharmaceutical drugs than actual, real-life vitamins.

In order to qualify as a vitamin, a vitamin compound or biochemical complex has to possess the ability to exert vitamin activity. Actual biological and cellular changes have to occur, in other words, otherwise that vitamin is a fraud.


Using a car as an analogy, many people think of vitamins as simply the fuel that goes into it. But in reality, real vitamins are the gas, the carburetor, the ignition, the spark plugs, and everything else that’s necessary to actually make it start and go.

So, in a sense, synthetic vitamins really are just the gas without the rest of the car. What good can they do all by themselves? Not much. And that’s the gist of what differentiates real vitamins from fake vitamins: real vitamins get the job done, while fake vitamins do a whole lot of nothing, in many cases.

Vitamins Require Enzymes & Minerals to Synergistically Support Healthy Immunity

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself: “can’t I just eat food and skip taking vitamins altogether?” If only it was that simple. The truth is that many foods today don’t contain the vitamin content they once did. This is due to a variety of factors, the most notable being chemical-based agriculture, poor soil quality, and heavy processing.


In essence, most food today has been stripped of its nutritional content, meaning it’s a mere shell of what our ancestors ate. As a result, most people, it’s safe to say, are now severely nutrient deficient, which means they’re not getting nearly enough of the bioactive vitamin complexes they need to stay healthy.

What’s worse, the synthetic vitamins that many people take to try to fill that nutritional void aren’t helping, and in some cases are actually hurting. Simply put, synthetic vitamins are an incomplete package, not just because they’re functionally “dead” but also because they’re missing the enzymes and trace minerals necessary to synergistically support a healthy and robust immune system.

How Fake Vitamins Can Actually Be Harmful

Whenever you take a synthetic vitamin in its isolated form, your body tries to compensate for these missing cofactors by pulling whatever it can from your body’s own backup reserves. Over time, this process depletes your body of its vital nutrient stores, creating an even worse deficiency. In other words, synthetic vitamins can cause more harm than good over time.


Your body has been programmed to expect these vital cofactors, and when it encounters synthetic vitamins that don’t have them, it simply doesn’t know what to do. Some of them end up building up in the liver, while others are expelled undigested. In short, synthetic vitamins simply aren’t bioavailable, meaning your body can’t assimilate and use them for any beneficial purpose.

According to the “experts,” synthetic vitamins are no different than real vitamins [4], but independent science is clear that they couldn’t be more different from one another. In order to derive any real benefit from vitamins, they have to come as a package deal, and this is something that only nature can provide.

Want Vitamins for Immune System Support? Whole Food Vitamins Are the Only Way to Go

So, if the modern food supply is lacking in vitamins and synthetic vitamin supplements are no good, is there some other alternative? We’re glad you asked because there is.

As it turns out, not all vitamin supplements are created equal, and there are real varieties made from whole foods that contain all the goodies you want, and none of the junk you don’t.

Since vitamins require enzymes in addition to trace minerals for effectiveness, a high-quality whole food vitamin supplement will be enzyme activated. Fermentation is also beneficial in that it makes food-based vitamin compounds easier for the body to digest, thus maximizing bioavailability – meaning more bang for your buck.


You’ll also want to look for whole food vitamins that come from organically-grown food, and preferably in “living,” nutrient-dense soils. This will ensure that the vitamin content is as close to optimal as possible, just as nature intended.

As for what you’ll want to look for in a high-quality whole food multivitamin, vitamins A, B, C, D, and E are a given, along with K. You’ll also want to make sure that trace minerals are included in the forms of things like calcium, iodine, zinc, magnesium, and selenium.

Let’s take a look at each one of these vitamins to see how they help in supporting a strong and healthy immune system.

What Vitamins Boost Your Immune System?

Vitamin A.

Carotenoids like beta carotene, which function as precursors to vitamin A, possess powerful antioxidant properties that have been scientifically shown to help boost immunity and causatively ward off cancer [5].

Vitamin B.

Technically a family of vitamins, B vitamins (and specifically B6 and B12) support immunity by managing cell division and growth and boosting the production of disease-fighting white blood cells. B vitamins as a whole also help to support a healthy gut microbiota [6].

Vitamin C.


Often the first vitamin people opt for when sick, vitamin C is a type of fuel for the immune system to perform vital functions such as the production of phagocytes and T-cells. It’s been shown to be beneficial against respiratory tract infections, and may also help against pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, and other conditions.

Vitamin D.

Also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D acts as a buffer against autoimmunity, which is when the body attacks itself, as well as a defense against infection. Research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased illness and immune dysregulation.

Vitamin E.

A potent antioxidant, vitamin E is another fat-soluble family of vitamins that helps to support strong cellular immunity and the proper differentiation of immature T-cells [7]. Research shows that vitamin E can help to not only protect immune cells from oxidative stress, but also aid damaged ones in getting repaired [8].

Vitamin K.


A necessary cofactor for some plasma proteins, vitamin K has been shown to support healthy immune and inflammatory responses throughout the body, particularly those mediated by T-cells. Vitamin K is also linked to supporting a balanced inflammatory response, which is associated with decreased disease risk [9]. (Tip: leafy greens are among the best food sources of vitamin K.)

Trace Minerals.

In order for all of these vitamins to accomplish these tasks, the presence of trace minerals is essential. Without them, vitamins aren’t able to perform their biological functions as intended, rendering them useless or even toxic. But with whole food vitamins, you don’t have to worry about uselessness or toxicity because they’re the complete package.

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The title of this article is actually a bit of a trick question. It isn’t a matter of whether vitamin C is better than vitamin D or A is better than E because all vitamins are necessary for strong immunity.

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4 Telltale Signs You Might Be Suffering From "Inflammaging"

Growing older. It’s one of the few things that all human beings have in common – regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or education level. There’s not a person on the planet who (while living), can escape its inevitable, youth-robbing clutches… or is there?

While it’s impossible for any individual to stay young forever, growing old doesn’t have to look the same for everyone. Some people seem to have been blessed with the joy of a more “graceful” transition into old age, while others tend to wear the physical evidence of a life long-lived far more prominently.

So, what’s to account for this apparent dichotomy in what it means to grow old? Is it all just a matter of random chance? Or are there identifiable factors at play that impact whether an aging person ends up looking eternally youthful for their age, or more like a character from The Walking Dead?

Inflammation Gone Awry: The Sworn Enemy of Healthy Aging

At a fundamental level, the human body is made up of trillions of tiny cells that are genetically programmed to keep a person as healthy and functional as possible. They’re able to do this by undergoing routine maintenance, meaning some cells reproduce to replace old, defunct ones, while others undergo varying degrees and cycles of restoration and overhaul on an as-needed basis.

The human body also has an innate immune system that oversees the maintenance of this system of cellular health. One of your immune system’s core responsibilities is to send out repair crews to take care of any problems that might arise.

This critical immune response is better known as inflammation – and without it, you wouldn’t live very long.

Whenever you injure yourself or contract an infection, for instance, inflammation rises to the occasion and takes care of it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Its effects might manifest as swelling or redness at the site of a wound, or perhaps a fever if the damage is internal and systemic.

Acute Inflammation: The “Good” Kind of Inflammation

This short-term, or acute, response by the immune system to an invading threat is completely normal and necessary to maintain life.

It’s a natural biological response by the body to any harmful stimuli that it encounters. It often involves repairing or removing old and damaged cells, clearing out disease-causing pathogens, or simply restoring balance to the immune system itself [1].

In other words, the purpose of inflammation is to heal the body, not to harm it.

This type of acute, or transient, inflammation is often called “good” inflammation because it’s merely a temporary response to an invading threat. Because it only sticks around for a short time, healthy tissue is protected, and the body remains in an optimally functional state.

But what happens when inflammation goes rogue and doesn’t stop inflaming?

The “Bad” Kind of Inflammation (aka Chronic Inflammation)

This persistent type of inflammation is generally referred to as chronic inflammation, and it encompasses any type of inflammation that lingers around indefinitely.

Chronic inflammation is a dire situation regarding human health and longevity that quite literally adds insult to injury – turning what the body originally intended as constructive and health-promoting into something that’s profoundly destructive.

Chronic inflammation not only makes an already bad situation worse, but it can also cause even more health problems for the body – including by rapidly aging it!

How “Inflammaging” Causes Premature Aging

Dr. Claudio Franceschi, MD, from the University of Bologna in Italy, is credited with coining a term to describe this type of out-of-control, chronic inflammation that leads to premature aging: inflammaging.

In a paper published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences journal back in 2000, Dr. Franceschi explained how inflammaging results from a systemic breakdown in the body’s ability to adequately cope with, and respond to, some type of pro-inflammatory onslaught [2].

In many cases, it’s a situation in which the immune system bombards a given threat with leukocytes, plasma proteins, antibodies, and various other inflammatory “soldiers,” only to have that threat persist. Sometimes this chronic inflammatory blitz continues even after a particular threat or trigger has subsided, representing another facet of inflammatory malfunction.

Symptoms Are Often Not Noticeable At First

Regardless of the scenario, runaway inflammation in all of its forms is harmful just the same. It will always result in the same prolific damage to the body that is a primary cause of inflammaging in our world today. Perhaps the worst part about it is that it often goes unnoticed until serious health problems suddenly checking heart rate of male patient in hospital bed

The reason for this is that inflammaging, like other forms of chronic inflammation, is typically low-impact when it first starts… wreaking havoc slowly and quietly over an extended period. By the time noticeable symptoms start to appear, in other words, it’s often already too late.

In a best-case scenario, the damaging effects of inflammaging will manifest in somewhat “minor” ways like random mood swings and cognitive decline. The reason these conditions can be described as minor is that, in a worst-case scenario, inflammaging can rear its ugly head in the form of life-threatening illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Inflammation Is Connected to Almost All Major Disease

Believe it or not, the type of chronic inflammation that’s characteristic of inflammaging is widely believed by many in the scientific community to be the cause of pretty much all major diseases – the direct consequence of persistent, low-level inflammatory activity that never fully “shuts off” like it was designed to do.

So instead of repairing and rejuvenating cell tissue for the benefit of human health, inflammaging systematically destroys it. It’s part of the reason why the blanket term “inflammation” generally has a bad name in the modern medical lexicon – even though it’s chronic inflammation that’s technically the bad guy.

Molecular and epidemiological research alike is congruent in linking chronic inflammation to “a broad range of non-infectious diseases, perhaps even all of them [3].” One of these diseases, broadly categorized, is premature aging.

As explained in another study published in The Journals of Gerontology, inflammaging represents: “…a highly significant risk factor for both morbidity and mortality in … elderly people, as most if not all age-related diseases, share inflammatory pathogenesis [4].”

In other words, inflammaging is a certifiable death sentence if it isn’t properly addressed. Persistent, low-level inflammation that never stops inflaming can, and typically will, spiral into one or more of a host of very serious diseases later on in a person’s life. Not to mention its direct impact on aging in terms of how it makes a person suffering from it look and feel.

The Negative Impacts of Inflammaging on DNA and the Body’s Cellular “Blueprint”

Getting back to the trillions of cells in the body that we talked about earlier, every individual is equipped with a unique genetic blueprint that contains instructions about how to keep every bodily system in tip-top shape. This includes cellular “guidelines” about the proper upkeep of the immune system, which is where inflammation (both healthy and unhealthy) begins.

But like with everything in life, this blueprint can get frayed throughout a person’s life. As individual cells undergo their normal process of routine maintenance, disposal, or regeneration, depending on their unique type and purpose, they don’t always live up to their predecessors in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.
This degenerative process, also known as entropic decline, is described in one study as the body’s “slow, inexorable slide into non-functionality caused by stochastic degradation of its parts.”

This is basically just a fancy way of saying that, with each new cycle of repair or replacement that occurs within a person’s cellular matrix, that person’s body as a whole loses some of its functionality.

Again, how this manifests will vary from person to person. For some, it might look like a slow deterioration in physical ability, or the swapping out of firm, glowing skin with wrinkles and sagging skin. For others in more dire straits, it might look like the development of a debilitating autoimmune disease, or worse: a terminal illness leading to early death.

Inflammaging Speeds Up the Aging Process

While this progressive breakdown is a natural part of the human condition, it’s important to note that inflammaging only accelerates this damaging process. It actively chips away at the structural and functional integrity of cells and other molecular components that the body relies on to prolong youthfulness for as long as it possibly can.

Researchers from the United Kingdom who took a closer look at this biological phenomenon found that not only does inflammaging have a profoundly damaging effect on otherwise healthy cells, but it also fights against the very systems that are intended to protect them, including vital DNA strands that are programmed to keep the body biologically young [5].

How Aging Actually Impairs Healthy Inflammation

What we can conclude from all of this thus far is that one of the major hallmarks of aging is an increase in “bad” inflammation. But why is this the case? On the one hand, growing old naturally leads to more health problems, which necessitate the immune system reacting with an inflammatory response for corrective measure.

But the other side of the coin is that the aging process itself actually inhibits the body’s natural ability to use inflammation for good rather than bad. With age comes a natural decline in immune function, which means it’s less able to utilize the inflammatory mechanism as a way to heal rather than cause more harm.

An immune system that’s beleaguered due to being old and worn out simply has a harder time fighting off invading threats than aman sick with cold or flu healthy, younger immune system.

This, combined with ever-decreasing cellular function as a result of old age, is a surefire recipe for out-of-control inflammation, which basically goes haywire trying to bring everything back into balance.

When cells become rickety and diseased as result, their mitochondrial “engines” rapidly lose their ability to properly utilize oxygen for energy production purposes.

This can lead to systemic mitochondrial dysfunction, which we now know is yet another cause of impaired inflammatory function [6].

The Destructive Inflammation/Aging Cycle

In many ways, it’s an exponentially compounding situation of immune and inflammatory breakdown that leads to even more bad inflammation, which contributes to more aging, which in turn causes more bad inflammation, and so on. And unless something is done to throw a wrench into this destructive spiral, it will only continue to worsen at an ever-accelerating rate.

4 Telltale Signs That Inflammaging May Be Taking a Toll On Your Body

Given its often undetectable nature early on, inflammaging tends to be a ticking time bomb, of sorts, with no audible tick until it finally explodes – often unexpectedly.

Even so, there are some early warnings signs that could suggest it might be lingering in the wings, just waiting for an opportunity to make its move.

Here are four signs your body may be giving you:

  1. Chronic pain with no apparent cause is one prominent indicator that something isn’t quite right in the inflammation department. If you’re one of the more than 100 million Americans who suffer from persistent body aches that have no apparent cause – and that never really seem to go away – inflammaging could be the culprit.
  2. Frequent illness, even of the minor variety, might be another potential indicator. If you’re the guy or gal who has always got the sniffles or who always succumbs to the debilitating sway of flu season, chances are your immune system is struggling due to an underlying inflammatory overload.
  3. If you’re easily agitated or have a hard time keeping your cool, or suffer from persistent brain “fog,” these could be additional signs of a chronic inflammatory threat – especially if such temperament symptoms would seem to have popped up out of nowhere.
  4. Though a slightly tougher one to pinpoint, yet another potential sign of inflammaging is a noticeable disparity between your chronological age and your internal biological age (in other words, you look older than you are). If the number assigned to you based on your birth year seems to be far lower than the number you would associate with how you think you should look and feel for your age, your body could be under attack by chronic inflammation.

The good news is there are countless ways to prevent inflammaging from gaining a foothold, and even helping to reverse some of the damaging effects, through lifestyle and supporting the body with supplementation.

We have many articles in our INSPIRED Living Library that address issues of inflammation, immune support, and an overall healthy lifestyle to help you counter the effects of inflammaging.

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