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How to Support Your Immune System 24/7

Whether it’s flu season or any old Tuesday, immune health should be top of mind.

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No one likes getting sick—and with work, school, extracurriculars, meal prep and maintaining a home, who has the time? You’re on call 24 hours a day, which means your immune system is, too. That’s why it’s so important to give your body the tender love and vitamin C it deserves.

The immune system: What does it do?

The world is full of little nasties like bacteria, viruses, parasites and more. When your body recognizes a harmful foreign substance—like a virus that’s entered through a mucous membrane, for example—it leaps to attention to fend off the invader. If your immune system is weak or a germ is particularly aggressive, then you get sick.

The silent (immunity) killer

A busy schedule and the stress that comes with it can take a major toll on the body—and may even have a harmful effect on immune health. Managing stress in your life is one way to potentially reduce your susceptibility to illness, but you can also support your immune system in other ways—by taking vitamins, for example.

Where vitamin C comes in

The body uses L-ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C) in dozens of ways—from building collagen needed for wound healing to neutralizing the effects of environmental stressors like UV radiation and pollution. Vitamin C also supports the immune system and may reduce the duration and severity of the common cold.

Your new best friend

Unlike other animals, humans aren’t able to synthesize vitamin C. However, you can ensure you get enough by eating foods like red peppers and oranges or taking supplements. That’s where Ester-C® Supreme comes in. It contains 600 mg of vitamin C and features quercetin, which is known for its antioxidant and antihistamine properties—making it an excellent choice during cold-and-flu season. Ester-C® is also easy for the body to absorb (and retain for up to 24 hours) and is gentle on the stomach.

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