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What everyone ought to know about immune-supporting supplements

While 2020 has been challenging, one good thing that has come out of it is that people have become more health-conscious since the advent of COVID-19.  According to a Nielsen survey on Singaporeans, 26% of the respondents said they bought health supplements for the first time due to the pandemic. 83% of the respondents intend to continue buying health supplements and focus on health in the next 12 months.


The competency of your immune system

Newspapers continuously report on Covid-19 cases. Since COVID-19 hit the world, the immune system has come to the forefront of attention. Medical experts keep emphasising that the competency of your immune system will determine how you will fare if you contract the virus. 

Will you be among the 80% who are asymptomatic or have a mild infection? Or the 20% who will require hospitalisation? Hopefully not amongst the 5% who are critically ill.

People are taking extra action during these difficult times, strengthening their immune system by making lifestyle improvements such as – consuming a healthy diet, exercising, making quality sleep a priority, engaging in self-care, and doing stress-reducing activities.


Immune-supporting Supplements

Some supplements go that extra step towards supporting an overall improvement in immune function.


Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is produced in your skin response to sunlight. Adequate levels of Vitamin D is needed for competent immune function.

Vitamin D deficiency is a global public health issue. About 1 billion people worldwide have vitamin D deficiency, while 50% of the population has vitamin D insufficiency. You may be Vitamin D deficient if you avoid the sun or cover yourself in sunscreen. 

80% of vitamin D should come from your skin's exposure to the sun. Vitamin D derived from your diet should consist of only 20%. Foods that contain vitamin D are fatty fish like tuna, salmon, egg yolks, cheese and beef liver. 

Vitamin D is one vitamin you should consider taking as you cannot get sufficient vitamin D from food. Adults should have a minimum of 600 international units (IU's) per day, and older people 800 IU per day.


Vitamin C

Vitamin C is often thought of as a natural cold remedy. Sufficient levels are critical for immune function. However, from studies of its effectiveness against viruses that cause the common cold, it doesn't appear to make you less likely to catch a cold, but you may recover a day or so faster.

Medical experts recommend that it is better to obtain Vitamin C from food sources rather than a supplement because you get other essential nutrients from food. Vitamin C is in citrus fruits, strawberries, blueberries, green vegetables and tomatoes. Consuming five servings of fruits and vegetables per day can provide more than 200mg of vitamin C. This amount more than meets your daily requirements.


Why do you need a supplement specifically for the immune system?

Every day you are bombarded with immune stressors, we call the "PITSS".  Poor nutrition, Infections, Toxins, Sleep Deprivation, Stress.

Your immune system works like a well-organised "army" with messenger molecules signalling the appropriate "immune cell soldiers" to play their unique role in the immune response. All these stressors deplete these important cell communication molecules which can lead to immune mistakes.


A specific immune supplement 

Santivia® Immune was formulated to safely support your immune system daily by replenishing the communication molecules that have been depleted due to the PITSS.

It also increases your immune system's NK cell numbers and activity, multifold times. NK cells are your immune cells responsible for killing viruses as well as microscopic cancer cells in your body. People with chronic disease have low immunity as measured by the quantity and activity of their NK cells.

Each capsule of Santivia® Immune is power-packed with the synergistic combination of clinically proven immune modulator Ai/E10® and superfood antioxidant, blueberry fruit extract which counters free radicals and oxidative stress.

Healthy lifestyle habits and the right immune supplements can help you charge up your immune system. By taking action to strengthen your immunity, you'd be ready to go out and enjoy life safely when the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Stay safe and healthy!

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