Natural Superfoods to Boost Immunity During Rough Times

(StatePoint) A strong immune system can help you stay healthy, which is especially important during cold and flu season and the ongoing pandemic.

To strengthen your immunity this winter and beyond, consider relying on the unique benefits of propolis, a natural bee product collected from the buds, leaves and stems of plants. With its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, it’s been used as a natural remedy for centuries. Here’s a bit more about what propolis is and how to maximize its benefits.

• Consume propolis: It’s important to know that propolis needs to be extracted through a complex method to consume. Consider incorporating a product such as BEE&YOU Water Soluble Propolis 15% Extract, which uses a patented and awarded extraction technology. This particular extract has three times more antioxidant and antibacterial activity than the highest-grade Manuka honey and has 80 times more antioxidant than pomegranate juice. Compared to similar products, BEE&YOU Water Soluble Propolis 15% Extract has a minimum three times more phenolics and flavonoids. It has a natural taste and is free of drugs, pesticides, GMOs, gluten, alcohol, artificial flavorings and colors, and sweeteners, making it convenient for any diet. Simply add 20 drops to your favorite drink daily. Or, for a chewable option, try the brand’s Royal Jelly Bee Pollen Propolis Tablets, which in addition to boosting immunity and energy, support cognitive, cardiovascular and digestive health.

“Though it’s the strongest natural antioxidant, many people are unfamiliar with propolis. However, adding this superfood into your daily routine can help you stay healthy year-around,” says Dr. Aslı Samancı, a food scientist and the founder of BEE&YOU, who developed an award-winning extraction technology for propolis to cure her 5-year-old son’s autoimmune illness.

•  Take propolis wherever you go: Propolis is such a strong antiviral and antibacterial bee product that Dr. Aslı Samancı suggests taking it with you wherever you go. For an antioxidant-rich, detoxifying and multi-effect snack, consider this quick delicious recipe: mix 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, raw honey, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon turmeric and 10 drops of propolis into yogurt. These ingredients, when taken together, have a synergistic effect. Plus, ginger, apple cider vinegar and turmeric are good sources of vitamin C. Or, carry BEE&YOU On-The-Go Immune Support & On-The-Go Detox packs in your bag, which combine the above ingredients.

• Use it as a natural remedy: Even with strong immunity, it can be easy to pick up a bug that gives you a sore throat, particularly during cold and flu season. Propolis is like a natural barrier for your throat against viruses and bacteria. For fast recovery and relief, keep BEE&YOU Propolis Raw Honey Throat Spray on-hand, which provides antiviral and antibacterial activity to protect and soothe sore throat while boosting immunity, and can also be used to relieve allergy symptoms.

• Add superfoods in your diet: “We are what we eat. 50% of our health is related to our diet,” says Dr. Aslı Samancı.

It’s very important to have a balanced diet with enough vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, fiber, enzymes, lipids, and carbohydrates daily. Include natural superfoods like artichokes, onions, broccoli, quinoa, kale, black garlic, berries, propolis, royal jelly, pollen and raw honey. These superfoods are rich in essential amino acids, vitamins (A, D, E, K, C and B groups), and minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium, iron and calcium, plus they have antioxidant effects.

100% natural BEE&YOU superfoods are traditionally-sourced, organic and fair trade. With every purchase, the company gives back to support sustainable beekeeping. To support your immune system naturally and for wellness advice visit beeandyou.com. You can also receive a 25% discount using the code: BNY25.

Immunity-boosting natural products have become more important than ever. Be sure to include superfoods in your diet to maintain optimal wellness and health during these rough times.

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