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We don't have to tell you that catching a cold or coming down with the flu is no fun at all. You already know that (and probably all too well). While we all get sick sometimes, there are some things you can do to strengthen your immune system as a preventative measure.
You can eat better—more fruits and veggies are always a good thing. You can make sure you're getting enough sleep. You can amp up your hydrating game so you're getting enough water daily. You can also take supplements if you're not getting enough vitamins or nutrients.
We previously went over the best vitamins for your immune system, and elderberry was one that stood out to us. The fruit is packed with antioxidants that can support the immune system. And we've seen so many products come out in recent years starring this ingredient. Plus, some elderberry supplements even come as tasty gummies.
While there's no one vitamin or supplement that can totally ward off illness, adding one to your routine (with guidance from your doctor or another healthcare professional) could be one step (of many) in your immune system defense game plan. So check out some highly rated elderberry gummies and some other immune system boosters below.
Best Elderberry Gummies
1. Nature's Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies
These gummies come highly recommended on Amazon with over 40,000 ratings and five out of five stars. In addition to black elderberry extract, the supplements contain vitamin C and zinc. They're sweetened with organic tapioca syrup and cane sugar.
2. Airborne Elderberry Gummies
You might have taken an Airborne to ward off illness when you're feeling a tickle at the back of your throat. The brand also makes elderberry gummies without artificial sweeteners or color added. The proprietary herbal blend is formulated with ginger and echinacea, two other immunity-boosting ingredients.
3. BioSchwartz Natural Sambucus Elderberry Gummies
These are made without fillers or GMOs and are third-party tested. The gummies are formulated with elderberry, zinc, and vitamin C.
4. Nature's Bounty Elderberry Gummies
Along with elderberry, these gummies are packed with supportive ingredients such as vitamins A, C, D, and E and zinc. They're also sugar- and gluten-free.
5. Garden of Life MyKind Organics Elderberry Immune Gummy
If you follow a plant-based diet, you'll want to check these out. They're made with real fruit and do not contain animal gelatin, artificial dyes, added sweeteners, or chemicals. You'll also get a boost of echinacea, zinc, and vitamin C with these.
6. Zarbee's Naturals Elderberry Immune Support
There's a lot to love about these gummies from Zarbee's. They're allergen friendly and vegan. Plus, you won't find things like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or flavors, gelatin, and gluten. They also contain zinc and vitamin C.
7. Nature Made Elderberry Gummies
It's recommended to take two of these gummies daily. In each serving, you'll get 100mg of black elderberry fruit extract, 90mg of vitamin C, and 7.5mg of zinc.
8. Sambucol Black Elderberry Gummies
Sambucol makes a popular elderberry syrup, but you can also enjoy it in gummy form. Two gummies equal one serving of the original syrup. Like many on this list, the gummies are formulated with vitamin C and zinc.
More Immune-Boosting Finds
I've been taking this immune tincture every day as another step in my daily routine. It has a berry-like flavor that actually is pretty decent, and it's easy to take. It has immunity-supporting ingredients such as mushrooms, astragalus, elderberry, and wild cherry bark extract.
Vitamin D deficiencies are so common, but the nutrient plays a big role in strengthening the immune system. These vitamin D3 supplements are plant based and can also boost bone health and mood.
The adaptogen cordyceps is known to help manage stress levels in addition to supporting the immune system. According to Moon Juice, it's traditionally used to support energy, stamina, and lung capacity. Add one to three teaspoons of this supplement to smoothies, coffee, tea, or milk.
You've got everything you need for cold and flu season with this tea sampler pack. From blends that provide throat comfort to echinacea support, you can brew a cup for any need.
The Nue Co.'s Immunity supplement contains the powerful booster vitamin C and turkey tail mushroom, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine to strengthen the immune system.