Written by Nutra Organics nutritionist Lisa Baker
Super Greens + Reds is one of our favourite hero products for many reasons, but when it comes to immunity support, Super Greens + Reds is our absolute favourite hero to save the day!
You may already know that Super Greens + Reds supports gut wellbeing, energy, antioxidant protection, cognitive function, plus it’s family friendly, vegan & gluten free - but it’s also your new best friend when it comes to the immune system.
There’s 69 ingredients inside this gal, which makes it an incredibly comprehensive formulation to support immunity from so many different angles. The best part is all of these ingredients are pure wholefoods - meaning they are bioavailable and your body actually recognises and processes the nutrients from these ingredients.
Here’s our top ten countdown of ways Super Greens + Reds supports your immune system:
1. B Vitamins
Super Greens + Reds is a source of 7 B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for cell health, the creation of new red blood cells and overall energy production. The immune system (especially when it’s exposed to lots of pathogens) uses up a lot of energy, so it’s one of the first things to suffer when energy production isn’t happening at an optimal level.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is probably the most famous nutrient for supporting immunity. It is essential for many cellular functions of the innate and adaptive immune systems. When your body is fighting off a virus (or other pathogen) vitamin C is churned through at a much higher rate, as it accumulates in phagocytes (immune cells that are responsible for the consumption and destruction of pathogens within the body) to assist with the destruction of the infection.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is known to be an immune system ‘modulator’. It helps to increase the rate of the production of pathogen fighting proteins, but it also helps to dampen the inflammatory response of white blood cells (as an overactive immune system can also be harmful to our bodies and cause autoimmune diseases).
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin, potent anti-inflammatory and is found in high concentrations in immune cells. Vitamin E enhances T cell function (T cells are very important cells in the immune system. They kill infected host cells directly, but also upregulate the production and function of other immune cells.) and helps to reduce inflammation caused by infection and the immune response.
5. Pre and Probiotics
A happy balanced microbiome is vitally important when it comes to immunity. The gut is the first line of defence from many pathogens. It helps to prevent the growth of harmful disease-causing pathogens as well as train immune cells, helping them to recognise harmful cells and destroy them before they have a chance to cause harm or disease.
Polyphenols are types of antioxidants that help to neutralise free radicals. They assist the immune system by helping with phagocytosis, and reducing the inflammation caused by the immune response.
Iron is essential for new cell production and maturation (which is in high demand when fighting off infection). Insufficient iron weakens the immune response, but on the flip side, too much free iron can mean providing extra nutrients for the pathogen. So, support your body by providing adequate iron but not going overboard. Super Greens + Reds contains 28% of your daily recommended iron intake per serve, which is a good boost to support a healthy, varied diet.
Magnesium is an important cofactor in lots of reactions that occur during a healthy immune response. It is particularly important for immunoglobulin synthesis (which is a protein antibody that binds to viruses and other pathogens, helping to destroy them).
Zinc is arguably the most famous mineral when it comes to immunity, with good reason, as it is essential in many functions of the immune system. Zinc is needed in the first line of defence from pathogens by assisting in barrier function of the skin, gut and airways. Zinc is also needed for the growth and development of immune cells that respond to specific pathogens (such as neutrophils and natural killer cells).
Hydration is a key element in maintaining a healthy immune system. The immune system is dependent on the nutrients and cells transported in our blood stream, and good circulation needs proper hydration. Hydration is key for waste elimination and temperature regulation, which is vital when you do get sick! Super Greens + Reds contains electrolytes which can contribute to proper fluid balance, and if you’re drinking it in water or juice, then that’s an extra bit of hydration during your day too!
So there you have it, 10 reasons that put the super into Super Greens + Reds when it comes to supporting your precious immune system!
Try taking Super Greens + Reds daily for at least 30 days to feel your best and reap all the benefits that this powerhouse formulation has to offer.