The body's immune system consists of an army of white blood cells; a fighting force that destroys the "bad guys" that cause illness and rids the body of toxins. During the cold and flu season especially, you want to increase your immune system and boost the fighting power over germs and viruses. Incorporating some commonly known immune-boosting super foods can increase your body's defenses to keep you healthy.
GARLIC has been used to treat the common cold, chest infections, and even ward off evil spirits. Garlic fights infection by increasing natural killer cells, macrophages, and lymphocytes. Rich in antioxidant phytochemicals such as organosulphur compounds, garlic scavenges free radicals that damage membranes. It's also a great protector of the heart and lowers cholesterol and it's also gaining popularity for its anti-tumor effects.
GINGER is an herb that has been a mainstay in Asian medicine for centuries to treat upset stomach, migraines, pain, nausea and vomiting. Recent research has shown significant potential in treating ovarian cancer.
ECHINACEA is a Native American plant with an impressive record of clinical research which shows stimulation of the immune system. In other words, it's a cure all for a variety of infections and diseases. Studies report Echinacea’s ability to reduce the duration and intensity of cold and flu symptoms.
GINSENG, commonly studied for its anti-fatigue effects, also improves mental clarity, vitality and alertness. Several studies report American ginseng's powerful effects on diabetes. Different varieties offer different health benefits; however, all ginsengs are suggested to provide adaptogen and immune stimulating effects, making it one of nature's best gifts.
Source: Faryal Luhar, ND