Bionutri Elderberry Complex
Micki Rose says:
This is one of my favourite immune-supportive supplements for Winter. It contains useful amounts of elderberry (Sambuca nigra), lysine, zinc and beta glucans, topped off with a little extra D3 and a good amount of Vitamin C at a daily dosage of two per day. I find that it is usually a combination of nutrients that works best to prevent colds and flu, and this one is packed with well-known anti-virals.
Elderberry has a particularly good pedigree against at least ten different flu strains in studies so far and is thought to act by binding to receptors on the flu virus itself and by enhancing antibody production. This seems to shorten the lifespan of the viral illness significantly – very welcome when you're feeling rotten!
Beta glucans are derived from brewers' yeast and studies have shown that people taking it, on average, are 25% less likely to succumb to a cold and, if they do, it is usually shorter.
See a post I wrote about these studies here, in fact.
As you can see, combining these two elements with the D, zinc and another excellent anti-viral, lysine, more often seen in use against the cold sore herpes virus, makes for a powerful-punching product in my view.
Nutrition Tip: For me, it could benefit from including quite a bit more Vitamin D. However, if they crammed much more in, probably the tablet would end up being too big, so adding extra Vitamin D as a separate supplement is probably the best idea. Most people I've found need about 2-4000iu per day during Winter, but look here for more help on dosage from the Vitamin D Council.
Incidentally, there is also a Junior version of this product, so everyone can benefit – make sure your school kids don't bring back a lovely sniffly cold from school just for you!
Ingredients: Elderberry, Microcrystalline Cellulose, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium ascorbate, Acacia Gum, Crosslinked cellulose gum, Beta 1,3 Glucans, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon dioxide, Zinc Citrate, Dextrin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Dextrose mono-hydrate, Lecithin, Tapioca Starch, Sodium citrate, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Sunflower Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol
Allergen information: yeast, wheat, gluten and dairy free;
GMO free; no artificial colourings or flavours; suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Contains lecithin which is derived from soya.
Available online and from high street stores including Revital, The Natural Dispensary, The Nutricentre and Lifestyle Natural Health, Bionutri Elderberry Complex comes in 30s (costing approximately £6.45) or 90s (costing approximately £16.05).
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