Ah-choo. Cough. Sniffle. Sniffle. Snort. Hack. No, I’m not reading from a Dr. Seuss book. It’s cold-and-flu season, and, ready or not, it has arrived. You likely know that top supplements for immune support include vitamin D, probiotics, vitamin C and perhaps even omega-3 fatty acids. But are these four pills tough for your customers to swallow every day, all year?
And that’s why I’m intrigued by new products that combine these supplements in order to promote multiple benefits and to encourage yearround immune support by simplifying the daily pill routine.
Here are five recent introductions on my radar:
American Health Ester-C with Probiotics
Launched this month, this one-a-day product pairs 1,000 mg of easy-on-the-stomach Ester-C vitamin C with 6 billion multi-strain vegetarian probiotics to support digestion and immunity.
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Xtra
Two soft gels provide extra strength of omegas—800 mg EPA and 400 mg DHA—along with 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3, which is considered more effective than D2.
Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus Oral Probiotic Gum and Lozenge plus Vitamin C
Featuring two trademarked probiotic strains plus vitamin C, this product—which is slated for release in January 2012—is designed to support immune, throat, mouth, nose and ear health.
American Health Ester-C with D3 Bone & Immune Health Complex
This supplement is a potent combination of 1,000 mg of non-acidic Ester-C vitamin C and 5,000 IU of vitamin D3.
Nordic Naturals Omega Probiotic
Each shelf-stable serving combines 990 mg of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids with 2 billion viable cells of the patented GanedenBC30 strain of Bacillus coagulans, which increased immune response to viral challenges in one clinical trial.