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Immune Support

Whether they’re in the classroom, on the playground, or on vacation, kids always benefit from a healthy immune system. Help parents understand all the ways they can support their child’s immune system.

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How to support babies’ immune systems

  • Keep clean: During their first 2 months, limit contact with other people and ask visitors to wash their hands
  • Stay rested: Keep your baby on a good sleep schedule
  • Nourish: Ensure that your baby is getting the nutrients they need through diet or supplements

How to support children’s immune systems

  • Zinc: Helps the immune system do its job.* Serve foods like meat, shellfish, and legumes.
  • Probiotics: Good bacteria that support the digestive system.* Serve foods like yogurt or fermented food.
  • Antioxidants: Help protect cells from oxidative damage.* Serve foods like berries, broccoli, and dark, leafy greens.
  • Health and fitness: Make sure they get plenty of exercise and remind them to wash their hands often
  • Rest: Encourage healthy sleep habits
  • Vaccinate: Make sure your child’s vaccines are up to date
  • Consider a vitamin supplement: Try Zarbee’s® Children’s Immune Support Gummies with zinc and real elderberry extract


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Good to know

The gut-immune connection

The intestinal mucosal system, which is populated with trillions of microflora, is an integral part of the body’s immunoregulatory network.1

When introduced to the gut, probiotic bacteria promote a healthy immune system by interacting with numerous cell types along the mucosa, including B cells, T cells, regulatory T cells, monocytes, macrophages, NK cells, and dendritic cells.2,3

Research indicates that some probiotics, such as Bacillus coagulans, may support key aspects of innate immune defense mechanisms.4*

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

REFERENCES: 1. Ruemmele FM, Bier D, Marteau P, et al. Clinical evidence for immunomodulatory effects of probiotic bacteria. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009;48(2):126-141. 2. Ng SC, Hart AL, Kamm MA, Stagg AJ, Knight SC. Mechanisms of action of probiotics: recent advances. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2009;15(2):300-310. 3. Dominguez-Bello MG, Blaser MJ. Do you have a probiotic in your future? Microbes Infect. 2008;10(9):1072-1076. 4. Jensen GS, Benson KF, Carter SG, Endres JR. GanedenBC30 cell wall and metabolites: anti-inflammatory and immune modulating effects in vitro. BMC Immunol. 2010;11:15.