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IM­MU­NITY NOW

GIVE THE COM­MON COLD THE COLD SHOUL­DER

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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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