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Seasonal Supplements from Spring to Fall

Seasonal Supplements from Spring to Fall
Today we welcome a post by Jim Golick from NOW's Education Team! 
Warmer weather is approaching and with this, nature breaks out in colorful blooms. Most of us await this with anticipation, but for some, this can mean misery and dread. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way...
Seasonal allergies occur when a substance such as pollen triggers the body’s immune system, leading to the characteristic symptoms many are familiar with. There are many natural compounds that can help support immune system balance during these seasonal changes. Let’s explore some of these further.


Solgar Quercetin Complex with Ester-C Plus,100 Vegetable Capsules

  • A non-citrus bioflavonoid and free radical scavenger*.
  • Found in small amounts in foods such as nuts, onions, berries, apples, green tea, and cabbage.
Quercetin supplements (derived from other plant sources) have been developed and researched for over 40 years. Quercetin supports healthy seasonal immune system function.* Laboratory studies have demonstrated that quercetin can also help to promote normal respiratory functions.*


Quercetin with Bromelain - 120 Veg Capsules

  • A protein-digesting* enzyme.
  • Found in the fresh juice and stems of pineapples.
Bromelain is commonly combined with quercetin to aid absorption, which is otherwise typically quite poor. Bromelain may also assist the body’s natural cellular repair and removal processes.* Note that Bromelain can inhibit blood clotting, so it should be avoided if taking blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants).
Quercetin & Bromelain are best taken 20 minutes before meals, twice daily. Persons with sensitive stomachs may take with food. Quercetin may interact with a variety of medications, so consult a physician before using.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C-1000 Complex - 90 Tablets

  • Aids the immune system* and has antioxidant functions* as well.
  • Best food sources are guava, citrus fruits, bell peppers, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, and broccoli.
The Daily Value for vitamin C is 90mg (up from the previous 60 mg).


Zinc 50 mg - 250 Tablets

  • An essential trace mineral that participates in a multitude of body processes -- including healthy immune function.*
  • Best food sources of zinc are oysters, crab, lobster, red meat, poultry, and liver. Plant based sources include pumpkin seeds, pecans, Brazil nuts, and whole grains.
The Daily Value for zinc is 11mg (formerly 15 mg). The adrenal glands, which sit atop the kidneys, secrete hormones such as cortisone during an immune challenge. Cortisone is the primary hormone involved in allergen response. Insufficient pantothenic acid (Vitamin B-5) can result in reduced adrenal secretions.*

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic Acid 500 mg - 100 Veg Capsules

  • Found in nearly every cell as a component of coenzyme A, which is essential for the generation of energy from fat, carbohydrates, and protein.*
  • Food sources of pantothenic acid include organ meats, fatty fish, shellfish, egg yolks, avocado, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, and dairy products.
  • Pantothenic acid can also be found in B-Complex and multiple vitamins, as well as separate supplements.
The new Daily Value for Pantothenic Acid is 5mg (lowered from 10mg). Necessary in the internal production of fats, cholesterol, neurotransmitters, and red blood cells.*

Licorice Root

Licorice Root 450 mg - 100 Capsules

  • An herb which helps the body’s adaptation response* (i.e., supports hormonal balance in response to stress).
When used in small amounts, licorice root is generally safe for most consumers for short-term use. Those with high blood pressure or kidney problems should consult their physician regarding licorice root extracts.


Jarrow MSM, 7 oz.

  • Methylsulfonylmethane is a form of biologically available sulfur, naturally occurring in tiny amounts in plants.
  • MSM contains 34% elemental sulfur by weight. Sulfur compounds are found in all body cells and are indispensable for life.*
  • In the body, sulfur is found in joints, connective tissue, keratin, skin, and hair.*
  • Sulfur compounds are found in foods such as garlic, onions, and broccoli.
Sulfur-based compounds provide free radical fighting properties, assist in normal detoxification, have anti-aging and cardiovascular benefits, and help keep our bodies’ joints well maintained.* MSM may also play a supporting role in immune response to stressors.*
Here’s to having a more enjoyable time in the great outdoors -- spring, summer, and fall! Thanks again to NOW's Education Team. Find their products at all 13 FY locations and online


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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