Strong immunity plays an important role in keeping the disease-causing virus and bacteria away from you and reducing the risk of falling sick. People with compromised immunity often get sick and even their symptoms are more severe as compared to others. Considered natural healers for centuries, herbs have long been used to help strengthen the immune system so that it is better equipped to fight off colds and other viruses.
Here are 5 herbs recommended by experts to help you boost your immune system.
Basil, often referred to as Sweet Basil, aids the digestive and nervous systems. If you’re suffering from anxiety or stress, it can boost your energy and help release tension. Due to its antibacterial properties, basil can help ward off infections and colds, too.
Garlic contains allicin, which is believed to be the compound that makes garlic antibacterial. Garlic is believed to be antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal, and these properties can help fight off chest infections and respiratory infections. On top of this, garlic is ideal for strengthening the digestive system. This makes it a good choice for treating parasites or worms in the gut.
Ginger will soothe an upset stomach, but it’s also great for boosting your overall immunity during the cold and flu season. This versatile plant, which has been shown to be antimicrobial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory, contains gingerol – an antioxidant that can power up our immune system and kill viruses. Ginger is particularly good in preventing respiratory tract infections.
While much attention is given to the antioxidant support of olives and olive oil, the olive leaf also provides antioxidant support. The evergreen leaves of the olive tree must produce antioxidants to withstand the radiation from the hot, dry sun. It was used historically to support cardiovascular health, glycemic health, and immune health, by supporting healthy body temperature and healthy levels of immune cells.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a phytochemical that can help remove toxins from your body and strengthen your immune system to fight off germs and bacteria. The compound activates white blood cells in the body, which in turn enhances antibody response.
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