2018 Immunity Essentials Awards

Winter arrives and we think of gentle snowfalls, invigorating winds, and calming cuddles by the fire. But we also think of colds and flu, which lay us low and keep us sneezing, coughing, and desperate for relief.

Boosting our immune systems—in advance or during the siege—can speed recovery or help us avoid the ailments altogether. Consider these herbal remedies, probiotics, and other nutritional aids, which our staff has tested and found worthy of acclaim.

Mushroom Blends

ImmPower AHCC from American BioSciences includes a proprietary blend of mushroom extracts to help maintain the body’s immune defenses.

Super Meshima from Mushroom Wisdom uses a concentrated, hot-water-extracted mushroom supplement for immunity and breast health. Meshima means “woman’s island."

Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Super Mushroom from Natural Factors is 100 percent organic and non-GMO, with extracts from six medicinal mushrooms plus beta glucans.

Nutritional Support

Ester-C with D3 Bone & Immune Health Complex from American Health serves up 1,000 milligrams of Ester-C plus 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per once-daily tablet.

Vitamin C Gummies from Carlson Labs provide 250 milligrams of antioxidant vitamin C per chewable, orange-flavored serving.

Enzyme Defense Pro from Enzyme Science offers high-potency digestive enzymes with vitamin D3, minerals, and L-lysine to support immunity.

Arctic Cod Liver Oil from Nordic Naturals is derived from 100 percent wild Arctic cod, with natural fruit flavors. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids.


Bio-Kult Probiotic Multi-Strain Formula from Protexin offers 14 strains of healthy bacteria with a minimum of 2 billion CFU per capsule.

Spore Probiotic capsules from Youtheory provide 6 billion CFU of a healthful bacteria blend plus the antioxidant-rich Ayurvedic herbal blend known as triphala.

Herbal Solutions

Elderberry Crystals from Flora dissolve in beverages to provide antioxidants and daily immune support.

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Immune Formula 103 with aged garlic extract, astragalus, medicinal mushrooms, and oregano and olive leaf extracts is odorless and organic.

AlliBiotic CF Softgels from NOW Foods feature garlic, elderberry, oregano, and olive leaf extracts for immune system enhancement and overall wellness.

ClearLungs Immune from Ridgecrest Herbals combines antioxidant-rich andrographis, olive leaf, and elderberry with key vitamins and minerals to strengthen your body’s natural defenses.

Andrographis EP80 Extra Strength from Terry Naturally offers immune support and upper respiratory defense with this ancient Ayurvedic herb.

Get Over It! from WishGarden Herbs supports the immune and lymphatic systems with pleurisy root, wild cherry bark, and seven other plant extracts.

Cold & Flu Symptom Relief

Sinusalia Tablets from Boiron provide homeopathic relief from sinus pain and pressure as well as nasal congestion due to colds and allergies.

Olbas Cough Syrup from Penn Herb Co. with wildflower honey and herbal extracts supports healthy respiration for kids and adults.

TheraZinc Organic Elderberry Raspberry Lozenges from Quantum Health include bioavailable zinc, organic elderberry, and natural raspberry for seasonal immune challenges.

Xlear Sinus Care Rinse with saline and xylitol cleanses and moisturizes to promote sinus health.

Combination Product

Targeted Choice Wellness Support Caplets from Bluebonnet combine key vitamins, minerals, and herbs such as echinacea, astragalus, and olive leaf extract in a whole-food immune defense formula


Host Defense MycoBotanicals Turmeric Immune tea is a spicy-sweet blend of reishi mushroom and turmeric, ginger, and other helpful herbs brewed to support the adrenal system and immune health.§

§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.