18 Best Supplements for Immune System in Malaysia 2020

 If you are looking for the best supplements for your immune system in Malaysia, you've come to the right place. During this COVID-19 pandemic, your first line of defence is to prevent the virus from entering your body. Measures include social distancing, face mask and hand hygiene. Your second line of defence is your immune system. Your third line of defence will be the care given to you in the hospital, which will still depend on the immune system to win the battle against the COVID-19 virus.

While the treatment given to you in the hospital is not much within your control, your first line and second line of defences are very much within your control. In this article, we will focus on the roles of supplements, how it might boost your immune system and the evidence behind them.

While supplements are regulated in Malaysia, they aren’t held to the same safety standards as pharmaceuticals. Thus, it’s important to purchase supplements from reputable companies.

Some third-party organizations, such as NSF International, ConsumerLab and LabDoor test supplements for purity and label accuracy. 

Cautionary Note: Most of the supplements come in dosages that are above the Malaysia's recommended dietary allowance (Malaysia RDA). To find out the recommended dietary allowance for Malaysian, check out Ministry of Health Malaysia guidelines. 

Research has shown that supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals and other substances can improve immune response and potentially protect against illness.

However, note that some supplements can interact with prescription or over-the-counter medications you’re taking. Some may not be appropriate for people with certain health conditions. If you are on medications, be sure to talk with your doctor before starting any supplements. 

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that adverse effects of supplements were responsible for an average of about 23,000 emergency department (ED) visits per year. 

Do take note that taking more supplements doesn't necessarily translate into a better immune system. If you are already taking some form of supplements, you might only need to supplement a few important vitamins or minerals that you are lacking based on your current diet. Please talk to your healthcare provider if you are overwhelmed with too many supplements and medication.

We have done our research and shortlisted the best for you. The list is based on recommendations by third party organizations and popularity on the local search results.

Here are the best supplements for your immune system that you can buy in Malaysia today.

Vitamin C

Do you know that Vitamin C supplements can come in many forms? Supplements typically contain vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, which has equivalent bioavailability to that of naturally occurring ascorbic acid in foods, such as orange juice and broccoli. Other forms of vitamin C supplements include sodium ascorbate; calcium ascorbate; other mineral ascorbates; ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids; and combination products, such as Ester-C®, which contains calcium ascorbate, dehydroascorbate, calcium threonate, xylonate and lyxonate.

Additionally, the Upper Limit (UL) for supplemental vitamin C — the amount most people can consume daily without negative effects — is 2,000 mg (nih.gov).

Most vitamin C supplements provide a daily dose of anywhere from 250–1,000 mg, so it can be easy to exceed the UL if you’re not careful. Be sure to read the packaging and take only the recommended dose to avoid complications.

Vitamin C may also interfere with chemotherapy, radiation treatments, or cholesterol lowering drugs (nih.gov).

That said, when used in clinical settings treating critically ill patients, very high dose vitamin C treatments are safe and not associated with significant side effects (Critical Care).

1. NOW Foods Vitamin C Sustained Release Tablets (Best Bang for Your Buck)
C-1000, 100 Tablets, Vitamin C 1000mg, Sustained Released, With Rosehip, Time Released

Price: MYR 97.90 > Buy on Lazada Malaysia

Our take: Bargain-priced, potent vitamin C tablets featuring delayed release.

What we like: Each tablet contains 1,000 mg of vitamin C, costing five cents. Includes rose hips for an additional source of vitamin C. Sustained release so it slowly enters your body. NOW Foods prides themselves on their meticulous testing protocols. Each supplement is tested in-house for purity and potency, and all of their manufacturing facilities are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What we dislike: Tablets are too large for some consumers to swallow (Best Reviews).

Quality Rankings: Grade A (LabDoor)


2. Garden of Life's Vitamin C Capsules
Garden of Life, Vitamin Code, Raw Vitamin C, 60 Veg Caps 维生素C

Price: MYR 100.10 (20% OFF) > Buy Now on Lazada

Our take: Vegetarian vitamin C capsules sourced from natural raw food.

What we like: Contains no binders or fillers. Includes bioflavonoids and added probiotics and enzymes for healthy digestion. Easy to swallow. All of Garden of Life’s products are third-party tested for quality and purity, and its manufacturing facilities are FDA certified.
What we dislike: High-quality formula comes at a premium price tag (Best Reviews).

Quality Rankings: Grade A (LabDoor)


3. Cenovis Vitamin C 500mg Sugarless (300 Chewable Tablets) 

Cenovis Vitamin C Malaysia

Price: RM 49.99 > Buy Now on Lazada

Cenovis is Australia's #1 Vitamin C brand. May assist in the management of colds by reducing the severity and duration of symptoms. Helps maintain healthy gums and may assist wound healing and tissue repair. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can act as a free radical scavenger.


4. Dr. Mercola Liposomal Vitamin C (Vitamin C 1000mg)

Dr. Mercola, Liposomal Vitamin C, 1,000 mg, 60 Capsules

Price in Malaysia: MYR 180 > Buy Now on Lazada Malaysia

Key Data from LabDoor (Labdoor is an independent company that tests supplements)

Overall Quality Ranking: Grade A
Label Accuracy: 99%
Product Purity: 90%
Nutritional Value: 100%
Ingredient Safety: 87%
Projected Efficacy: 94%


5. Scott's Vitamin C Pastilles (Best vitamin C supplement for kids)

Price: MYR 16.48 > Buy Now on Lazada
  • 21mg of vitamin C per pastille
  • Chewy & fun to eat
  • Available in mango, orange, mixed berries & peach
Is your child a picky eater and as a result lacks vitamin C in his or her usual diet? You can supplement the missing vitamin C by giving them Scott’s Vitamin C Pastilles! The chewy texture of the pastilles makes it a favourite among children all around the world. Besides the usual orange flavour, you can also opt for other flavours like mango, mixed berries and peach. 


6. Berocca Vitamin C

Berocca Effervescent Tablet 15s Orange Flavour Vitamin C Multivitamins (Exp 10/2021) Vitamin B1 B2 B3 B5 B6 B12 C Calcium Berroca Berrocca Beroca
Price: MYR 24.90 (promotion) > Lazada Malaysia

Each tablet contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 ,B12, Biotin, Vitamin C 500mg, Calcium 100mg, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc 10mg.

Berocca Vitamin C review ratings: 5.0/5 (Lazada)


7. Flavettes Vitamin C

Flavettes Vitamin C - Blackcurrant (250mg x 60s)- Latest Stock
Price: MYR 8.98 (promotion 50% discount) > Lazada Malaysia
  • A daily dietary supplement of Vitamin C Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 
  • For healthy bones, teeth, gums as well as general make-up and maintenance of the body. 
  • Each Tablet contains 250mg Vitamin C (Blackcurrant flavor) 
  • Dosage: 1 tablet daily or as advised by physician. 
  • Tablets to be dissolved in the mouth or chewed
Flavettes Vitamin C review ratings: 4.9/5 (Lazada Malaysia)


8. Kordel Vitamin C for Kids



Price: MYR 26 (promotion 27% discount) > Lazada Malaysia

Kordel’s Kid’s Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids helps build a strong immune system. Each chewable tablet provides 250mg of vitamin C. It is the only children’s high strength vitamin C supplement that contains 25mg of lemon bioflavonoids, a compound that maximizes the benefits of vitamin C.

Study has shown that combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids offers a synergistic antioxidant protection which not only helps to prevent bleeding gums, but also to promote immune function against common colds and flus.


9. Amway Vitamin C

AMWAY NUTRILITE Bio C Plus All Day Formula ( 120 Tablets)

Price: MYR 123.65 > Lazada Malaysia

AMWAY NUTRILITE Bio C Plus All Day Formula is a dietary supplement that helps replenish vitamin C throughout the day. Bio C Plus All Day Formula provides you a steady release of vitamin C, which allows your body to absorb and use the nutrient more efficiently. It also provides a convenient and simple way to support a healthy daily diet.

NUTRILITE Bio C Plus All Day Formula contains 500mg of vitamin C per tablet, and zero artificial colourants, flavours or preservatives. The Bio C Plus All Day Formula also contains phytonutrients from acerola cherries, which are grown on our organic farm.

Regardless of lifestyle, vitamin C is one of the most essential nutrients in our diet. Besides keeping us strong and healthy, it is important for athletes and those who lead a stressful lifestyle. With Bio C Plus All Day Formula, you have a natural and convenient way to fill the nutritional gap in your daily diet. Bio C Plus All Day Formula is specifically formulated with an extended release technology that ensures you a sufficient daily dose of vitamin C from acerola cherries, which is your best source of vitamin C.

    Blackmores Immune Booster

    10. Blackmores Vitamin C 

    Blackmores Buffered C 30T

    Price: RM 25.50 (15% OFF) > You can purchase Vitamin C as a dietary supplement from Lazada Malaysia (sold by Caring).

    Blackmores Buffered C Slow Release has been specially formulated to provide a prolonged rate of absorption by releasing nutrients slowly over a sustained 8 hour period, ensuring that vitamin C is available when your body needs it. This low acid formulation is buffered with mineral ascorbates, so it is gentle on the stomach. It also contains bioflavonoids, including rutin and hesperidin, to help enhance the action of vitamin C in the body.

    Each tablet contains Vitamin C 500 mg (from Ascorbic acid 280 mg and Calcium ascorbate 266 mg) and bioflavonoids (hesperidin and rutin).


    11. Blackmores Odourless Garlic 90s - Supports Healthy Immune Function



    RM 24 (31% OFF) > Buy Now on Lazada

    Provides the benefits of garlic in a pleasant tasting, concentrated form. Contains parsley and natural spearmint flavour to help minimize the characteristics odour and taste of garlic .


    12. Blackmores Multivitamin Malaysia


    Blackmores Multivitamins + Minerals contains essential vitamins and minerals to provide your body and mind with all-round nutritional support and help maintain health every day. It helps supplement an unbalanced diet in once-a-day dose.

    Contains zinc supplement at 5 mg per tablet.

    Blackmores multivitamin reviews in Malaysia: 4.9/5 (Lazada Malaysia)


    13. Blackmores Magnesium 60s - Improves Tiredness and Fatigue


    RM 29.90 (35% OFF) > Buy Now on Lazada

    Highly bioavailable magnesium for the prevention of magnesium deficiency due to inadequate dietary intake. Magnesium may assist in improving tiredness and fatique.


    Best Multivitamin Brands in Malaysia based on Popularity and Value

    Do take note that you can also get good amounts of vitamins C and D, zinc, and other essential vitamins and minerals from a basic multivitamin.

    14. Best Multivitamin for Women in Malaysia

    Price: MYR 190 > Buy Now on Lazada

    Pros: 
    • No high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets
    • Suitable for vegetarian
    • Includes Live Probiotics and Enzymes for Healthy Digestion
    Con: High-quality formula comes at a premium price tag

    Quality Ranking: 82.2/100 (LabDoor)


    15. Best Multivitamin for Men in Malaysia


    Price: RM 169.99 > Buy Now on Lazada

    Pros: 
    • No high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets
    • Suitable for vegetarian
    • Includes Live Probiotics and Enzymes for Healthy Digestion
    Con: High-quality formula comes at a premium price tag

    Quality Ranking: 83.9/100 (LabDoor)


    16. NOW Foods Multivitamin (Best Value)

    Price: RM 80 (27% discount) > Buy Now on Lazada

    True Balance™ is a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement that’s specially formulated to support healthy carbohydrate metabolism and healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range.* This formula includes a high dose of biotin, a B-vitamin that plays an important role in supporting healthy insulin production through its ability to support healthy pancreatic function.* We also include thiamin, chromium, vanadium, and the herb Gymnema sylvestre for their supporting roles in healthy glucose metabolism.*GMP;Keto-Friendly;Kosher (Triangle K);UL Dietary Supplement Certification.

    Quality Ranking: Listed as one of the top 10 multivitamin brands on Labdoor.


    Best Food and Multivitamin Supplement in Malaysia

    17. Ensure Gold Wheat 850g



    Price: RM 87 (12% discount) > Buy Now on Lazada
    • Complete, balanced nutrition to promote strength and recovery
    • 28 essential vitamins and minerals
    • Clinically proven to improve strength in 8 weeks with taking 2 servings per day.
    • HMB and triple protein blend - improve muscle strength
    • Omega 3 - essential fatty acid for body function
    • Higher Vitamin D - for bone health 
    • Prebiotics for gut health
    Ensure Gold Reviews in Malaysia: More than 2,500 reviews and a 4.8/5 overall rating on Lazada Malaysia.


    18. Resurge Nutrient Enriched Multigrains Beverages (800g)
    Price: RM 89.80 > Buy Now on Lazada

    Resurge can be serve as a meal replacement drink or a daily supplement that ensure you to get your daily dose of nutrients boost by delivering a 'complete and balanced nutrients' through the proprietary blend of multi-grains, seeds, protein, dietary fibre, healthy fat, anti-oxidants, vitamins & minerals. It contains 26 grains and 21 vitamins and minerals, allowing you to obtain complete and balance nutrients. ​Key Benefits Of Resurge:
    • Contains lutein and grapeseed for eye health.
    • Fibre and prebiotic helps increase intestinal bifidobacteria.
    • Plant omega/ DHA for brain health.
    • Contains Chromium Picolinate - assist normalize blood sugar levels, improve blood sugar utilization.
    • Plant omega 3 & 6 for heart health.
    • Soy protein helps in cholesterol lowering.
    • Oat beta glucan for cholesterol lowering & blood glucose regulation.
    • Whole grains - Complex carbohydrate that digest slowly and therefore provides long and lasting energy.
    • Low caloric - High protein, high fibre and low fat.
    • Gluten-free diet
    • Contains zinc 3.45 mg per serving (45 g).
    Per Serving: Mix 3 scoops (52g) with 200ml warm or room temperature water, stir or shake well and drink.

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