Three “Better Together” Nutrient Combinations

by Melissa Chichester

Peanut butter and jelly. S’mores and campfires. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. 

Some things just go better together. And the same can be said for certain vitamins, herbs, and minerals that are paired together for their health and wellness benefits. 

Here are three dynamic duos you may not know about. 

Elderberry and Vitamin C 

Elderberry has long been used in traditional health practices. When elderberries are ripe, they turn a very dark purple or black color. They have many uses, from making syrups to using dried berries, and making elderberry wine – however, they cannot be eaten raw and must be processed. Elderberries are also used in the production of jams, jellies, tea, and vinegar.

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On the other hand, one of Vitamin C’s claim to fame is that its discovery made scurvy a rare disease in most countries. Since humans cannot create their own Vitamin C, it must be replenished daily through diet or supplements.

Vitamin C is essential to many functions in the body and plays an important role in supporting immune function.*

Supplements that contain Vitamin C and elderberry together include:

Vitamin D and Echinacea 

Another great immune support combination is Vitamin D and Echinacea.* 

Echinacea is a flowering herb that produces purple, daisy-like flowers that are also known as purple coneflowers. The word “Echinacea” comes from the Greek word “ekhinos,” which means sea urchin. 

By 1887, Echinacea had become a topic of interest in the medical community, especially with the American Eclectics – a group that specialized in noninvasive practices. Echinacea eventually became the most popular herb during this era.

Echinacea has been used by Native Americans of the Great Plains for centuries to support immune health.*

This traditional herb has become one of the world’s leading herbs for immune support and can be taken any time of the year.*

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Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Unfortunately, most Americans do not get enough vitamin D from food alone. It can be obtained through the diet – however, it’s easier to get when it is synthesized in the skin upon exposure to sunlight. 

Other factors may also influence Vitamin D production, including age, where you live, exposure, clothing, and the sun’s intensity. 

Vitamin D3 is the form of Vitamin D formed in the skin.

This nutrient is involved in many parts of the body, including: 

  • Maintaining a healthy immune system*
  • Supporting healthy bones and teeth*
  • Calcium absorption

Experience the benefits of Vitamin D and Echinacea together with: 

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Vitamin C and Zinc 

Vitamin C and zinc are two antioxidants that play an important role in supporting immune function.*

Vitamin C is important for the functioning of white blood cells, which are vital components of the immune system.*

Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals.* 

Zinc assists in a wide range of specific immune functions.* Similar to Vitamin C, zinc also helps support antioxidant health.* 

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Zinc is mostly found in animal products. A high-quality zinc supplement is an easy way to help fill potential nutritional gaps.

Supplements that contain Vitamin C and zinc together include:

Or pair Vitamin C and zinc with: