After back to school season kicks into gear and the leaves start to fall, another “season” creeps in and leaves little to celebrate. There are a variety of ways in which people arm themselves against the winter germies – some natural, some medicinal. My personal immune system, having had some pretty rough moments (er um years) responds best to immune strengthening vs pharmaceuticals.
With that said, there are distinct differences between immune strengthening, immune modulating, and immune “boosting.” Those of us with auto-immune issues have to be cautious when BOOSTING. I won’t go into the specifics because these gummies are far too cute to get too science-y, but I like to focus on supplements and/or vitamins which help my body do its thing, rather than immune stimulants which can sort of throw my immune system out of whack.
My kids tend to respond well to the natural stuff too, along with eating clean of course, so these gummies were a perfect fit for us. And plus, they’re gummies, I mean what kid is gonna say no to those?! I used these molds. And these.
Note: I am not a healthcare provider and do not even play one on TV. The ingredients in these gummies have documented health benefits and therefore have been incorporated into this recipe for immune support. If you have a known sensitivity to any of the ingredients, please avoid them. If you have an autoimmune disease, take caution with anything that could potentially be an immune stimulant. Only use the ingredients that are beneficial and non-harmful to you and your family.
Below you will find the ingredients, directions, and also the breakdown of how much of each nutrient/vitamin you will find in each gummy. My recipe made about 45 gummies so I am basing the nutritional information on that number.
I chose the below ingredients for the following reasons:
Cranberry Juice – Cranberries have been shown to reduce the severity and longevity of flu symptoms if caught, it boosts NK (natural killer) cells, and has been shown to be immune supportive. Read more here!
Elderberry Syrup – Known to help reduce flu symptoms and severity and to provide immune support. Also may have anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties. Omit if you have a known sensitivity.
Vitamin C – helps keep immune systems operating at top notch by increasing white blood cells. Read more here.
Local Raw Honey – Immune supportive and may have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Read more here.
Vitamin D – Important for overall immune health and disease prevention. Read more here.
- 1 cup Organic Cranberry juice blend (can be pure cranberry too but the most important thing is that it is 100% juice, no sugar added)
- 1/4 cup Grass Fed Gelatin (red can)
- 1 tablespoon pure Elderberry syrup (no sugar added) – be careful to choose one that is PURE
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin C crystals (this equalled 4,000 mg or 4 grams of Vitamin C for this brand I used)
- 1 tablespoon local raw honey
- 3 drops Vitamin D3 (this equalled 3,000 i.u. total for this brand I used) – make sure to use D3 as D2 is synthetic
- Optional: Echinacea drops (Not advised for use if you have an autoimmune disorder – read more here)
- Combine juice, elderberry syrup, vitamin d drops, and vitamin c powder in a small saucepan. Turn heat on medium/high and add in gelatin
- Stir well to combine, leaving no gelatin lumps behind. Heat thoroughly but it is not necessary to boil as long as the gelatin is combined well
- Remove from heat at once and stir in honey
- Pour into molds and refrigerate until set; this usually takes about half an hour, sometimes less
One gummy has:
- 67 i.u. Vitamin D
- 89 mg Vitamin C