With all the drastic changes in the weather recently, colds are on the rise and people are looking for ways to provide their immune systems with a little support.
There are many natural remedies available that can support your immune system and prevent illness. How do you know which ones to go for though? An orange is a great source of vitamin C, but were you aware that pineapples actually have more than double the amount of vitamin C?
There are many herbs and plants that can help boost your immune system and fight off viruses. In fact, that are so many herbs that are packed full of good things that entire books have been written on the subject. Here, however, we’ll discuss a few herbs that are fairly easy to get your hands on and are some of the best immune supports available.
Ginger has been used for hundreds of years for a large variety of ailments, including colds and flu. Not only is it packed with several essential minerals and vitamins, it also prevents certain viruses. It can actually prevent the virus HRSV from attaching to upper respiratory tract cells and prevent it from spreading. In the November 2012 issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, a tissue culture study found that fresh ginger prevented human respiratory syncytial virus, or HRSV, from attaching to and infecting upper respiratory tract cells. Doses of 300 micrograms per mililiter of fresh ginger stimulated the respiratory cells to secrete an anti-viral protein called interferon-beta.
You might know that turmeric can help with treating inflammation and arthritis, but it’s also a great immune support. It’s packed full of antioxidants that get rid of free radicals. Free radicals are chemicals that our body absorbs from our food, environment, stress, etc., and they cause oxidative stress in healthy cells resulting in damage. Our immune system is built to fight and get rid of these free radicals using antioxidants. That’s why natural remedies like turmeric that are full of these powerful antioxidants work great to fight off colds and flu.
Like turmeric, honey is naturally filled with antioxidants. Locally sourced honey is ideal as the honey bees are gathering pollen from local plants. Local pollen is from the same environment as you, which is also beneficial to your immune system and can help treat allergies. Raw, unpasteurized honey is what you want as it hasn’t been treated and it still contains all its powerful nutrients and antioxidants.
Sambucol, also known as elderberry, is in several commercially-available cold medicines. It is very effective and the research is there to back it up. It’s been shown to successfully reduce your chances of getting the flu. Should you be unlucky enough to get it, it reduces the duration of the symptoms by a whopping 3-4 days. That’s almost an entire work week! Incorporating elderberry jam or syrup into your daily intake is simple and tasty. Making an infused honey with elderberry is an even better way to fight off those illnesses!
Maintaining a healthy immune system doesn’t need to be difficult nor does it need to taste bad! Many natural remedies are simple and can help you to continue functioning at maximum efficiency. You couldn’t possibly go wrong with a strong cup of ginger tea sweetened with an elderberry infused honey!
To purchase your elderberry or discover other natural remedies you can use for medical conditions, consult with one of our herbalists today. We have all the herbs you need.