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  • Learn what gives the coronavirus its name and what science, not media, has to say about it.
  • What the best immune-boosting supplements on the market are and where you can find them.
  • Quick tips of the trade to keep you prepared during this season of illness.

The global panic over the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has reached an alarming level. Unfortunately, many individuals get their education from the media, which induces panic, is often unreliable, and not based on scientifically-sound information. Innovative Medicine’s focus is your health and well-being and we want you to know the facts to protect you and your family. From efficient hand washing to immune-boosting supplementation IM wants to help end the need to panic. 

Learning from Biology, Not the Media

Coronavirus is not a new virus, nor is it new to causing infection in humans. Researchers discovered the first coronavirus in 1937 and since then several strains from different origins (animals, humans, birds, and geographical locations) have emerged. Coronavirus, along with Rhinovirus, are the two leading viruses that cause the common cold, and while Covid-19 is a novel strain making headlines, the molecular biology of the virus is generally the same.

“Coronavirus” is derived from the Latin word “corona” which means “crown” due to the characteristics, or morphology of the virion; proteins stick out from the surface, creating the appearance of a crown or halo. A very important component of Coronavirus is its viral envelope, a membrane protein coating that is important in the viral life cycle, our symptom longevity, and the prevention of infection. A viral envelope makes developing a vaccine difficult and also makes our immune system work harder to fight the virus. However, proper handwashing can break down the lipid-based envelope while it is still outside of the host, making handwashing the single most important step for infection prevention.

The coronavirus gets its name from its crown-like appearance.

First lines of defense against all pathogens are keeping hands clean, avoid touching your face with your hands, and sneezing and coughing into an elbow rather than in the hand. Furthermore, since it is possible for the virus to live outside of a host for arguably 12-24 hours, is expelled and spread through droplets from sneezing or coughing (essentially landing on the floor), removing shoes at the door and spraying the bottom of them with a natural disinfectant or soapy water can help prevent tracking the virus through your home一especially if you have small children who play there.

Even with the most cautious habits, sometimes the virus prevails. IM has taken the time to list researched supplements that strengthen our already sophisticated immune system and help fight pathogenic invaders.  Each supplement recommendation comes straight from the medical minds at NYCIM, and most of the staff here at IM takes them too. Though none of these will be a cure-all or a vaccine, they’ll naturally boost your system to put it in peak fighting shape.

9 Immune Boosters Sure to Keep You Healthy

1. Mushrooms – Chaga (Maine Chunks) and Lentinula or Shiitake (Lentinex)

Mushrooms and fungi, in general, are usually only thought of when ordering pizza. However, mushrooms are known to have many benefits to human health. Mushrooms can be added into your diet through smoothies, coffee, and even in capsules. Chaga (Maine Chunks) is packed full of antioxidants and can help combat oxidative stress.

Related: Why You Should be Drinking Chaga Tea
Shiitake mushrooms have been a staple in Japanese cuisine for hundreds of years.

These mushrooms are great for free radicals, inflammation, and lowering LDL cholesterol. One study suggests that Lentinula (more commonly known as the Shiitake mushroom) has been shown to increase secretion patterns of immunity compounds, increase gut immunity, and anti-inflammatory response. 

2. RM-10 – Garden of Life Organic Fermented Mushroom Complex – Immune System Supplement with Selenium

RM-10 is a compound of 10 certified organic mushrooms, aloe vera, and Uncaria tomentosa. Like the other mushrooms, the RM-10 can help lower cholesterol, increase energy and immune functions, and enhances Natural Killer Cell and macrophage activity.  RM-10 is often used as an immunity booster for chemotherapy patients and is offered as vegetarian capsules.

3. Collagen – VEDArenew Collagen with VERISOL Bioactive Collagen Peptides

Collagen is well known as an essential peptide used for boosting skin elasticity, but it also serves as an excellent anti-inflammatory supplement. The anti-inflammatory properties in collagen can help repair the gut health and digestive tract. Since gut health is essential for optimal immune health, collagen is a beneficial addition to boost your immunity.

4. Probiotics – Genestra Brands – HMF Forte – Four Strains of Probiotics to Promote GI Health

Probiotics have long been in the spotlight for amplifying gut health and have been shown to regulate the host immune response which provides a boost against allergies, auto-immune symptoms, and viral illnesses. Not only do probiotics promote a healthy immune system, but a healthy gut has also been linked to improved mental health as more than 70% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the digestive tract. 

Related: The 7 Best Probiotics: A Clinical-Based Product Review

Adding a daily probiotic can be the difference your system needs to promote a balanced gut and strengthened immune system.

5. Vitamin C  – Sunflower Formula Liposomal Vitamin C 1000

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is the most widely known immune system booster. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and supports both the innate and adaptive immune systems and it has also been shown to enhance the all-powerful B- and T-cells. Vitamin C works with other essential vitamins and minerals like iron and collagen and has been shown in some cases to reduce cortisol and inflammation markers.

6. Influvin-T – Influvin-T Capsules

Influvin-T is a plant constituent blend (known as a spagyric remedy) of Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry, Myrrh, and many more designed to strengthen the immune system by protecting the body against external aggressors. This herbal supplement can help you boost your immune system with only 2 tablets a day.

Astragalus, a primary component of Influvin-T, has its origins in ancient Chinese medicine. Its strong ability to impact the immune system makes it a powerful adaptogen.

7. Elderberry – Dr. Dünner Sambu Guard Black Elderberry Syrup with Elderflower, Echinacea & Vitamin C

Elderberry or Sambucus nigra is rich in antioxidants with antiviral properties, especially some strains of influenza. Elderberry is also beneficial to the immune system because it increases inflammatory cytokine production.  Along with the benefits of preventing or shortening the duration of symptoms of the flu, elderberry could also help with constipation, joint and muscle pain, headaches, fever, respiratory health, and minor skin conditions.

8. Vrl-Gen (Genestra) – Genestra Brands Vrl-gen

Genestra Vrl-gen is a Phyto-blend made up of Black Currant, Sea Buckthorn, and Black Alder to help your natural immune response to viruses by stimulating Adreno-cortico. It increases circulation, balances intestinal health, and helps with gut microflora.

9. Sea Buckthorn – Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, Made with Organic Sea Buckthorn

Aside from offering omega fatty acids that support the skin’s youthful appearance, Sea Buckthorn is an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals. Research shows that it has antiviral activity on influenza H1N1 in vitro, supporting its potential use as an anti-influenza agent. It helps balance the immune system, gut health, and can be used as an expectorant for respiratory infections. Sea Buckthorn can be taken in capsule form, in drops, or applied topically.

Sea Buckthorn berries have been historically used to treat arthritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, gout, and skin rashes.

Healthy You, Too 

Coronavirus, influenza, and even a sinus infection can be inconvenient and maybe even a little scary to our health and daily lives, but Innovative Medicine is devoted to educating you with the best products to boost your body’s natural ability to fight infection and keep your home healthy. As always, IM supports a healthy you and a healthy lifestyle which leads to an optimally functioning immune system. Battle immune compromising stress hormones with plenty of rest, exercise, and meditation. Along with stress management, food is medicine too, reducing sugar and increasing vegetables can help balance the body’s pH, making it an optimal pathogen fighting machine. Last but not least, don’t forget to keep hydrated!

And remember the first lines of defense for avoiding infection:

  • Remove and sanitize shoes before entering the home.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, NOT hands.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • If you are feeling ill, stay home and encourage others to do the same.
  • And finally… Proper handwashing!

To learn more about natural immunity boosters and why they’re effective, meditation, or a healthy diet, visit us.  Your best health is our goal. If you have other supplements that we should add to our list, comment below! We would love to hear from you.

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About Ashley Humphrey

Ashley is a writer, editor, and communicator with a strong background in biological sciences. The natural world is a splendid masterpiece of symbiotic relationships and chemical reactions and Ashley's passion is to effectively communicate that with everyone. With a Bachelor's degree in English for technical communication and a minor in biological sciences, Ashley has a knack for research and method development combined with practical diplomacy, grounded ethos, and the ability to write memorable and relatable narratives on a broad range of topics.