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Top 10 Herbs to Boost Your Immune System

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The following ten (10) herbs and foods are nutrient dense superfoods can improve your health.

For a much more in depth analysis and variety of information, read Dr. Rudderham’s Top Superfoods article, and for an introduction to Ayurvedic medicinal plants and herbs, read Dr. Gerson’s Top Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants.

Astragalus- This herb should be in your salads and sprinkled atop your main dishes. Its immune system boosting, aids in digestion and adrenal gland functions. This herb’s effectiveness is due to polysaccharides, saponins and flavonoids. It helps combat the common cold and flu. It lowers stomach acidity, increasing the body’s metabolic rate and promoting waste elimination.

Bell Peppers- This pepper variety contains the carotenoid lycopene which lowers the risk of cancer; beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A and Zeaxanthin, known to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Unlike its fiery cousins, such as cayenne, bell peppers are sweet but do not contain capsaicin, a potent anti-oxidant.

Cat’s claw- This herb was commonly used for stomach problems but has substantial immune stimulating and cancer fighting power. It helps the body to fight off infections and degenerative diseases. It contains oxindole alkaloids enhancing the immune system’s capacity to engulf and destroy pathogens.

Echinacea- Echinacea is a popular immune boosting herb. This member of the daisy family has been found to prevent and treat upper respiratory tract infections as well as the common cold and is often used with goldenseal in healing teas. It helps boost white blood cell activity.

Ganoderma- A mushroom better known as Reishi, this popular Chinese medicine staple has anti-microbial and anti-viral powers. Clinical studies have shown it strengthens immunity and combats cancer. It has antioxidant properties and provides relief from urinary tract infections. Also, Maitake and Shiitake mushrooms are leading anti-viral superfoods.

Garlic- This spice has perhaps the longest history of medicinal use along with ginger and ginseng. Thousands of clinical studies confirm it helps cardiovascular conditions, cleanses the blood, boots immune system, and has anti-microbial and antineoplastic properties. Its anti-aging properties are so abundant many believe garlic helps preventing death, and hence its use in folklore to protect against vampires.

Ginger- This herb reduces inflammation, aids cardiovascular conditions, lessens blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol. Clinical studies confirm ginger inhibits the behavior of genes connected with inflammation and has a wide array of health boosting properties.

Ginseng- This herb has many varieties. The most commonly studied variety is Panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng. Its main active component, ginsenosides, has been proven to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Clinical research studies demonstrate it improves immune and psychological functions as well as conditions related to diabetes.

Gingko Biloba- Gingko biloba’s leaves contain antioxidant compounds called bilobalides and ginkgolides that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Moreover, it protects against radiation. In a study using animal subjects, ginkgo was demonstrated to have protected the test subjects against radiation poisoning. The latest research also suggests that extracts of this herb can neutralize oxidizing agents and free radicals caused in the cells due to radiation, thus preventing cell death. This herb is most often associated with boosting brain performance and brain health.

Turmeric- This spice contains curcumin, known for its super antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and stomach soothing benefits. It reduces inflammation by stimulating the adrenal glands to increase the hormone that lessens inflammation. Animal studies on this herb have revealed that turmeric protects the liver (like Milk Thistle) from the adverse effects of alcohol and certain toxins. Turmeric also helps in digestive problems by stimulating bile flow.

Learn more reading Top Superfoods, by Dr. Rudderham.

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