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Need an Immune Boost? Special Nutrition Has You Covered!

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer   

It has been just over a year since the first COVID-19 state of emergency went into effect here in the U.S. While much about life has changed between then and now, one question that’s still on many of our minds is, “What steps can I take to remain as healthy as possible?” 

This, of course, begins with optimal immune function, and nutrients play an active role in bolstering immunity. Based on epidemiological research from the Harvard School of Public Health, poor nourishment can increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections. In other words, the nutrients you consume on a daily basis can offer protection in the midst of this pandemic—and Special Nutrition can help with that. 

A local institution for 20 years, Special Nutrition has the largest selection of vitamins, supplements and natural health foods at the lowest prices you will find in Sarasota. In addition, owner Louise Mastro recently began to offer gluten-free baked items in store as well. Sourced from three dedicated gluten-free bakeries and one FDA certified gluten-free bakery around the state of Florida, these baked items are freshly made just for Special Nutrition. 

In terms of immune strength, the aisles are stocked with anti-viral supplements and herbs such as vitamin C, zinc, elderberry, colloidal silver, andrographis and more. “Our knowledgeable staff does extensive research on anti-viral supplements to provide our customers with as much information as possible,” Mastro explains.  

In addition, if Special Nutrition does not currently have a specific brand or product available in stock, the staff will order it for you and ship it anywhere in the continental U.S. “Special orders are our pleasure,” continues Mastro.  

To uphold safety precautions and limit the spread of COVID-19, Special Nutrition also offers minimal contact services including mail order, curbside pickup and local delivery. This is just another one of the numerous ways this establishment is working to prioritize the wellness of our community. These times are uncertain, and health often feels tenuous—but when it comes to immunity, rest assured that Special Nutrition has you covered.   


Special Nutrition has two locations in the Sarasota area. The first store is located at 1882 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota. The second is located at 3737 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-929-0884 or visit  


Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer. Her personal blog features tips for embracing an active, nutritious, balanced and empowered lifestyle. 


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