Thursday, February 24, 2011

Herbs to strengthen the immune

The human immune system is a complex process that guards our health and provides protection from viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins. Antiviral herbs support the body's natural ability to stay in healthy balance and strengthen the immune system naturally, which is the first line of defense against illness and disease.

Below is a guideline on how to strengthen the immune-system the proper way - by making use of herbs that offer a positive impact to our health:

-Astragalus - this herb has been used for thousands of years to energize the body and support the immune- system. This is one of the top choices for boosting the body's overall immune health. It has antibacterial, antiviral and tonic properties.

-Olive leaf extract (Olea europea) is known to provide support for healthy phagocytosis, the function of the immune system in which phagocytes in the bloodstream digest potentially harmful micro-organisms.

-African Potato extract has been shown in research to have positive effects on the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.

- Ginseng - There has been some evidence of ginseng's ability to boost the activity of some white blood cells, which helps stimulate the effectiveness of the immune-system.

-Buchu supports the body's ability to get rid of harmful toxins through the urinary system.

-Peppermint helps strengthen liver function by supporting the body's natural flow of bile. The oils of peppermint are beneficial in supporting a healthy immune system.

- Cinnamon bark - Cinnamon is popular for its warming properties. It also helps stimulate circulation and digestion, supports the - immune system fights like an anti-body. Many ayurvedic doctors use this substance to lower down blood pressure and in reducing blood sugar levels for diabetic patients. Traditionally it is also used as a natural cure for all kinds of ailments like diarrhea. It's also great for relieving aches and pains.

-Goldenrod strengthens the natural protective ability of the body to fight infection and regulate the production of mucus.

-European Mistletoe has been shown in research to support natural immune responses, as well as helping to maintain balanced fluid levels in the body, and strengthen capillary walls.

- Hawthorne berry - this is a small red berry that grows on a shrub. It has powerful antioxidant properties and has been used as a herbal remedy for thousands of years. This berry is rich in bioflanoid which is more potent than vitamins A, C an

-Hawthorn is highly respected in herbal medicine as a tonic to support healthy circulation. Research studies have demonstrated the ability of hawthorn to assist with heart function.

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