As a registered dietitian, I’ve had so many friends and family members reach out to me recently seeking nutritional recommendations to support their immune health. Whether it’s my mom-friends who are simultaneously juggling home-schooling their kids and parenting (ahh!), or my dad enjoying his retirement (yay!), people want to do everything they can to boost their immune system and stay healthy.
Before I make any nutritional recommendations, I typically ask myself two questions:
- What does the research say?
- What is the easiest way to incorporate these recommendations into daily life?
And while I completely appreciate and value individual experience and empirical evidence, the answers to these questions always serve as key guidelines to my recommendations.
Previously, when I’ve provided clinically-proven nutritional recommendations for immune support, I’ve often found myself piecemealing together a fairly complicated diet and supplement regimen. While some were willing to commit completely, others (hi, dad!) weren’t as interested. It was too much change at once, and not sustainable.
So, when I heard rumblings that we were creating a new product curated with ingredients to help boost the immune system,** you can’t imagine how excited I was. (Well, maybe you can. I don’t like to assume.) Especially, when I started to better understand the formulation. Now, I know I’m biased because I’m the Director of Education here at VP, but Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster** is unlike any other immune support product I’ve seen.
Vital note: This article is meant for educational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or act as a substitute for seeking such advice from a qualified health professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.
Short answer: It’s disrupted the immune-support supplement category. It’s the only product on the market that combines collagen, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins with Wellmune®* and Immuno-LP20®, two ingredients to support immune health.**
So bare with me as I geek out over this curated group of immune-boosting ingredients:
Collagen Peptides (from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine)
Collagen Peptides contain key amino acids, like glutamine, arginine and glycine, which have been shown to fight oxidative stress and help regulate a healthy immune response.**
Amino Acids (L-glutamine, L-arginine, and L-tryptophan)
Amino acids, protein’s building blocks, like L-glutamine, L-arginine, and L-tryptophan, are required to make a variety of proteins that help regulate key pathways of the immune response.**
Antioxidants, like vitamin C and zinc, help promote cellular health.**
Electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium and potassium sourced from Himalyan pink sea salt, play many roles in the body, ranging from supporting fluid balance to energy balance and immune system support.**
B Vitamins, including vitamin B3, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, play a major role in making sure the body’s cells, including immune cells, function properly.**
Other Immune-Boosting Ingredients
Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is often associatedwith maintaining strong bones; however it has also been shown to helpboost immune health by modulating the innate and adaptive immune responses.**
Wellmune® is absorbed in the body by immune cells – called macrophages – in the small intestines. It activates billions of innate immune cells, which are part of the body’s natural defense, to respond more effectively without overstimulating the immune system.**
Immuno-LP20® is an immunobiotic, a type of microbe that promotes immune system health. Without overstimulating the immune system, it enhances immune function by sparking the production of cells directly involved in the immune defense in the small intestines.**
So, if you’re seeking an all-in-one product, definitely check out Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster**. It’s become my go-to recommendation for those seeking an easy way to incorporate an immune-boosting product into their daily wellness routine.
*a registered trademark of Kerry Group