How to support your immune system with antioxidants

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Supplements with antioxidants, including vitamin C, multivitamins, vitamin E and turmeric can help support the immune system*.
  • Other ways to add a dose of antioxidants to your lifestyle involve choices around exercise, eating a balanced diet and sleep.

We’ve all heard of antioxidants and how they support the body, but what exactly do they do?

Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize free radicals and assist in maintaining good health. Free radicals are natural by-products of the body’s daily metabolism that may cause damage to cells. They can be found both in the body and in the environment around us, which makes them pretty hard to avoid—this is where antioxidants come in.

How can antioxidants support the immune system?

By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants help maintain the structure of cells and tissue.1 In turn, healthy cells support the functioning of the immune system. And so, the cycle of goodness continues!

Antioxidant containing supplements for immune system support

In supplements, the only vitamins with antioxidant properties are vitamins A, C and E. Here are a few supplements that contain our beneficial friend and can provide the antioxidant support you need.

Vitamin C: Sundown® Vitamin C 1000 mg Ascorbic Acid Caplets support immune system health and provide antioxidant support.* An antioxidant, vitamin C is important for the function of white blood cells which are vital components of the immune system.

Vitamin E: Sundown® Vitamin E 400 IU Softgels are an excellent option for immune health and antioxidant support.* Vitamin E helps to maintain essential body functions, in particular playing a significant role in immune health.* As an antioxidant, vitamin E also fights cell-damaging free radicals which can cause oxidative stress.

Turmeric: Sundown® Turmeric 500mg Capsules support antioxidant health.* This herbal supplement has been standardized to contain 95 percent curcuminoids, which are turmeric compounds that contain antioxidant properties.*2 It is non-GMO​​^, gluten-free, dairy-free and free of artificial flavor.

Multivitamins: For adults, Sundown® Multivitamin Gummies contain ten essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E, to provide comprehensive nutritional support for bone, immune and heart health.* These gummies are also non-GMO​​^, gluten-free, dairy-free, sesame-free and free of artificial flavors.

For kids, Sundown® Kids Complete Multivitamin Gummies contain vitamins A, C and E, and provide immune, eye, bone, antioxidant and energy metabolism support.* Help your little one look forward to vitamin time with these yummy gummies, which come in a variety of fun characters for your kiddo to enjoy!

Lifestyle habits for immune system support*

Work up a sweat

Exercise has a countless number of benefits, one of which is supporting antioxidant levels in the skeletal muscle, heart and liver.3 For the average adult, the CDC recommends two and a half hours of exercise a week.4 Pick your favorite way to work up a sweat, and stick with it to support antioxidant levels in the body.

Get your fruits and veggies in

Fruits and vegetables, including raspberries, strawberries, figs, broccoli, spinach, carrots and potatoes are a source of antioxidants, A, C, and E, and a healthy addition to any balanced diet.5 Fun fact for those with sweet tooths: dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants!6 Eating a balanced diet will not only neutralize those pesky free radicals, but is also key to maintaining a healthy immune system.

Say hello to sound sleep

A good night’s sleep helps to maintain healthy antioxidant levels in the body, and plays a role in regulating immune system function.7 8 Make sure to get at least seven hours of shut-eye, as sleeplessness is also linked to the prevalence of free radicals in the body.9 A healthy amount of sleep also puts you in a great place to start the next day feeling refreshed and ready to go, and who doesn’t want that?

Putting it all together

With free radicals present both in the environment and the body, you can support a healthy immune system by consuming antioxidants. Along with supplements like vitamin C and E, turmeric and multivitamins, making lifestyle choices concerning exercise, diet and sleep can help you get the antioxidants you need to neutralize those no-good free radicals.*

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Sources:
  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8227682
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5908316/
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm
  5. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/antioxidants/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4629050/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3256323/
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15472007/

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