Part-6 by: Jonathan Vellinga, MD
Children are rarely concerned about germs and can be exposed to many pathogens while playing with other children. This can be good for a healthy child because it strengthens their immune system so they can more easily destroy those pathogens in the future. However, no one enjoys watching their child suffer through a cold or the flu. Luckily, there are some supplements that help prevent illness and reduce symptoms that are also safe and effective for children.
For those of you interested in learning how to provide an extra boost to a child’s immune system, whether to help them stay healthy, or alleviate symptoms once they become ill, here is our list of recommendations. Each supplement is backed by science that proves it is safe and effective for children.
When considering adding supplements to your child’s diet, it is important to remember the necessity of maintaining the 5 Pillars of Health. Sleep, staying physically active, excellent nutrition, limiting stress, and building strong relationships are of vital importance to a child’s overall health. Providing all the best supplements cannot compensate for neglecting even one of these areas. If you help your child build a strong foundation of health while they are young, it will benefit them for the rest of their life.
It is important to be aware that many supplements for children are sweetened, especially those in syrup or gummy form. Be sure to find supplements that do not have added sugars, since added sugar inhibits healthy immune function.
ImmunoBerry Liquid provides immune support for children or adults. Key ingredients are elderberry fruit, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, and beta glucan.
Elderberry remedies have been used to fight colds and influenza for centuries. Research has discovered that elderberry reduces flu symptoms 4 days earlier on average (2, 3), blocks the ability of the viruses to infect host cells (4), and exhibits many immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties (5).
Mushrooms are an excellent source of nutrients and are safe for babies to begin eating with other foods. They also have an incredibly wide range of health benefits and support immune function (6).
Beta glucan is found in many plants, including shiitake and maitake mushrooms. It is a soluble fiber that strengthens and modulates the immune response (7, 8). It is safe for children and improves their overall health (9).
We recommend that children have 1 dropperful of ImmunoBerry each day for prevention. If your child is ill, they can have 2 dropperfuls, 2-3 times per day until symptoms improve.