COVID-19 Care Package by Thorne Research
Boosting your immune system has never been more important. But while Canada is being bombarded with coronavirus “best defense” advice (washing hands, social distancing, etc.) there is not enough information being delivered about strengthening one’s immune system. Getting plenty of exercise and eating nutritious foods are a start, but as it was before very few Canadians have the time to sit down and consume the RDA of vitamins and minerals. Enter Thorne Research and their industry-leading line natural health products (NHP).
In response to a growing number of inquiries regarding how Thorne Research is reacting to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID -19), the manufacturer has formulated a “COVID-19 Care Package”. As you know there is no vaccine yet, but Canadians are looking for ways to enhance their immune systems – a good practice regardless of a health crisis. The care package includes key Thorne products, those that are focused on boosting immunity and addressing corresponding stress, the latter of which has become a significant threat to wellness in itself. Below is a review of these natural health products.
Immune-Boosting Natural Health Products Included in the Thorne Research COVID-19 Care Package
You may better know ascorbic acid as Vitamin C, which immediately validates its inclusion in the care package. Vitamin C is well known for its role in supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. It supports epithelial (barrier between your body and the external environment) function against pathogens and promotes the oxidant scavenging activity of the skin. Given that the skin is a major source of microbial infection you can see the relevance. More importantly, studies find that supplementation with vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections.
Vitamin C is also an important defense mechanism against anxiety. Psychology Today reports that the antioxidant helps reduce the same psychological effects of stress that many Canadians are experiencing today. It’s not just about “feeling” better mind you, as the stress hormone corticosteroid is known to suppress the effectiveness of the immune system. Vitamin C will help deliver the one-two punch needed in response.
One gram of Thorne Ascorbic Acid contains 1000mg of pure, crystalline Vitamin C.
Carrying over the Vitamin C benefits addressed above, we turn to a Thorne product that makes consumption of the required intake seamless, and tasty. It is especially ideal for individuals who are sensitive to the acidity of pure ascorbic acid, but want to leverage the immune-boosting power of the potent (1175 mg) water-soluble antioxidant. View more on this product which is also available at InnerGood.
Vitamin D is also heralded for supporting immune function as it may modulate both innate and adaptive immune responses. However, it goes beyond service as an aggressor against viral attacks on the body, because a deficiency in Vitamin-D is associated with increased autoimmunity. This may sound like a positive, but according to the hygiene hypothesis this may increase our susceptibility to infection. Thorne D 1000 boasts a potency of 1000 IU, while two drops of Thorne D in liquid form delivers the same, making both indispensable additions to your care package.
You may hear a lot about the importance of balancing your body’s immune response. In some cases, the immune response can lead to out-of-control inflammation which may be damaging and even deadly. Science finds that zinc assists in shutting down immune response that may be spiraling out of control. When there is a deficiency of zinc at the time of infection, excessive inflammation and other devastating systemic responses may become a consequence. It’s for this reason that zinc is being taken by many people at the onset of a common cold, as it helps stem the effects of the illness.
Data shows that up to 45% of adults aged 60 years or older have zinc intakes below the estimated average requirement. When you consider that the elderly are most impacted by COVID-19 you can see why it’s so important for them to boost their intake – especially when food alone doesn’t provide for the minimal requirements (6.8 mg/day for elderly females and 9.4 mg/day for elderly males). This Thorne Zinc product contains a highly absorbable 30mg of zinc citrate.