SHOPPING WITH A SCIENTIST
An Immune-Supporting Multivitamin, a Powerful Air Purifier, and More
for Staying Healthy
Gerda Endemann, our senior director of science and research, has a BS in nutrition from UC Berkeley, a PhD in nutritional biochemistry from MIT, and a passion for cherry-picking from our wellness shop. We asked her to help keep us healthy.
Knowing that you’re doing what you can to support your body’s amazing immune system can help put your mind at rest. I’ve chosen a few products that are well worth checking out so that you can breathe easy.
If keeping your immunity and lungs supported is what you’re after right now, see goop’s comprehensive daily packets called Balls in the Air. They contain a multivitamin, omega-3s, and a hefty dose of N-acetylcysteine, chosen to support your respiratory and immune systems. NAC provides building blocks for the antioxidant and detoxifier glutathione, which is particularly important for tissues exposed to oxidative stress, such as the lungs and white blood cells.*
There’s more: All cells lining the openings of the body need vitamin A to carry out their barrier functions properly, so we’ve included a generous amount of vitamin A. And of course, we’ve included zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C, so Balls in the Air is a one-and-done: Everything you need for the day is in one packet, instead of multiple bottles.
This is the air purifier you want: It’s powerful but not too big. The 4-in-1 Air Purifier uses a VOC filter and an UltraHEPA filter to remove pollen, dust, smoke, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, and viruses from the air. I love that it has a washable prefilter.
ON MY SOAP BOX
I feel like a broken record here, but I keep running across people who don’t know that sunscreen and dark skin pigmentation block vitamin D production in the skin. Or that vitamin D is necessary for a healthy immune system and lungs. When cells have specific receptors for a vitamin, that means the vitamin is important for those cells. White blood cells and cells lining the respiratory tract have receptors that bind vitamin D. Keep your vitamin D at healthy levels!*
For when you want a little something, Perfect Attendance is chewy and blackberry-flavored. I try to remember: This isn’t candy. The soft chews are made with EpiCor fermented yeast and organic elderberry—used traditionally for immune support.*
HAVE A CUP
Just look at these beautiful little compostable sachets. Herbalist-formulated with absolutely no caffeine, Immunity One tea is designed to support calm. Dealing peacefully with stress is a powerful way to support your body’s wonderful innate immune strengths. With elderberry, ginger, hyssop, yarrow, and honeysuckle, this tea carries on European and Asian traditions of herbal support for healthy immunity.*
*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.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of goop.