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My family gets flu shots every year, but unfortunately, that wasn't enough for Bryce this year. He ended up with croup, strep and the flu, all in the same week! Luckily he recovered like a champ, but some people aren't as lucky. Combined with pneumonia, influenza is the nation's 9th leading cause of death.
When Bryce got sick, the rest of us were very vigilant about taking our vitamins and doing everything we could to stay healthy. I am a firm believer in taking vitamins and supplements to stay as healthy as possible. I recently learned about two immune-boosting supplements from Quality of Life that will give our immune system a boost during the flu season:
AHCC can help turn up the dial on the immune system, to fight off a wide range of threats, including infections, viruses and the flu. In fact, a recent clinical study from Michigan State University shows that AHCC enhances the power of the seasonal flu shot, making it even more effective against this potentially deadly virus.*
probiotics can be helpful in building up the immune system to ward off infections such as the flu. Several human studies have provided evidence that specific strains of probiotics are able to stimulate as well as regulate immune responses. For example, one clinical study among older adults vaccinated with the flu shot found that bifidobacterium longum BB536® helped activate NK cells and reduce the incidence of influenza infection and fever.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I have been taking probiotics regularly for several months now for the digestive health benefits, but I had no idea that they could also protect against the flu. Perhaps that is the reason I didn't catch it from Bryce last month. I honestly didn't know anything about AHCC before I did this review, and after reading more about it, it definitely seems like there are some great benefits to taking this supplement regularly. I have added the Kinoko Gold AHCC and the ProbioPure from Quality of Life to my daily supplement regimen, and will continue to take it.
You can purchase both of these supplements directly from Quality of Life. The AHCC is currently priced at $74.50 (down from the regular price of $99.49) and the ProbioPure is $29.49. I think that the AHCC is a little pricey for a 30 day supply, but I did some searching and found it listed on Amazon (at the time of this review) for $46.99. That price is a little more reasonable, and definitely worth escaping the sickies!
How do you stay healthy during flu season? How could these immune boosters help you?
~*~Immune Boosting Package from Quality of Life~*~
Winner will receive Kinoko Gold AHCC (60 count) and ProbioPure (30 count).
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the AHCC and ProbioPure at no cost, in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.