Top 5 Herbs For a Healthy Immune System
Having a vibrant, healthy immune system is something that most of us take for granted, especially during our younger years when it’s usually functioning at its best. But as the body grows older, so does the immune system.
While supporting a healthy immune system is something that everyone should be doing even from a young age, it’s especially important for folks who are getting on in years. This is usually the time when things start to get a little glitchy and break down – a common part of the aging process.
If your current plan to age gracefully includes eating healthy, staying hydrated, de-stressing, and getting plenty of rest, you’re already on the right track.
But what if you could take things to a whole new level by incorporating the best of what nature has to offer into your daily regimen for added support for a strong, healthy immune system?
The following five herbs will help you do just that.
# 1. Astragalus
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus or Astragalus mongholicus) has deep roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). For many thousands of years, civilizations both past and present have used this powerful adaptogenic herb to support wellness on a variety of fronts, with perhaps its most well-known benefit being in the area of immune support.
Astragalus contains more than 200 active constituents that lend to its therapeutic efficacy. Three of these – saponins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides – are particularly noteworthy as having received special attention in the scientific literature for their pronounced impact on health and wellbeing.
Considered to be the primary chemical constituent class found in astragalus, saponins are naturally-occurring plant phytochemicals that studies suggest can help support healthy cholesterol levels, ward off abnormal cell growth, and provide an extra boost to the immune system. According to research published in 2011, Astragalus just so happens to be the world’s richest known source of cycloartane-type saponins, which have been shown to exhibit strong cardiotonic, hypocholesteremic, antidepressive, antiblastic, and immunomodulatory properties.
These colourful antioxidant plant pigment compounds have been shown to help facilitate proper cell signaling while scavenging inflammation.
Their benefits extend beyond this to the immune system as well, as flavonoids are arch enemies to both cancer and heart disease, as demonstrated in numerous scientific studies.
Also known as glycans, polysaccharides are molecularly-bonded simple sugars that serve as energy stores in the body. Because of this special molecular bond, polysaccharides are technically complex carbohydrates that serve as the body’s primary source of energy. Evidence suggests that polysaccharides possess powerful antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that further lend to the bioactive nature of astragalus.
# 2. Echinacea
The Great Plains Indian tribes long used the flowers, leaves, and roots of echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) to make herbal tinctures and other botanical therapeutics to be used as an effective natural alternative to antibiotics and other drug-based medications.
Every part of the echinacea plant seems to present its own unique therapeutic flavour.
The roots tend to contain the highest concentration of volatile oils, while the flowers and leaves contain higher amounts of polysaccharides. While polysaccharides are more closely associated with immune function, a great many of echinacea’s other constituents are also said to have an immuno-stimulating effect, including the plant’s flavonoids and essential oils.
In Germany, the above-ground portions of the echinacea plant are officially approved as a natural remedy for treating urinary and upper respiratory tract infections, as well as slow-healing wounds and colds. Echinacea is also widely used to fight against influenza, with the largest clinical trial ever conducted on the herb suggesting that it exerts a profoundly positive impact on a weakened immune system.
# 3. Frankincense
In modern times Frankincense (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra) is gaining quite a reputation all around the world as a natural therapeutic with a whole lot of untapped healing potential.
Often referred to as olibanum, frankincense is commonly used as a natural remedy to calm stress and anxiety, as well as to manage pain and support an all-around healthy lifestyle free of damaging inflammation. The active ingredients of Frankincense (boswellic acid and Glucoronic acid) are believed to help facilitate the transmission of messages to the limbic system of the brain, which in turn has a direct impact on promoting optimal function within the central nervous system.
Specific to the immune system are the reported benefits of frankincense in enhancing its functionality. Studies also show that frankincense exhibits a powerful antimicrobial effect against harmful bacteria and viruses. It may even be a viable weapon against abnormal cell growth, as numerous trials have demonstrated its pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects.
Myrrh ( Commiphora myrrha) has a rich history as both an aromatic spice and a natural remedy for an assortment of ailments. Studies suggest that myrrh has a particular appetite for conditions marked by chronic inflammation. It’s also a powerful detoxifier, helping to rid the body of toxic metals such as lead.
The two constituents responsible for its therapeutic efficacy are terpenois and sesquiterpenes.
Studies show that the terpenoids in myrrh may help to prevent fats and other metabolites in plants against oxidation, and that similar benefits are possible in humans as well. Research has also shown that myrrh terpenoids possess unique anti-inflammatory properties that can help support a well-functioning body.
This is another class of restorative compounds that can help support a healthy immune system in a variety of ways. The sesquiterpenes specific to myrrh possess powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that lend to the herb’s reported effectiveness in purification and cleansing. This is why myrrh was commonly used in ancient times to embalm the dead. Sesquiterpenes are also said to be supportive in keeping inflammation at bay, as well as in helping to balance emotions and hormone levels.
More than 6,000 peer reviewed papers confirm that turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a functional food of the highest order which can be effectively used to support health in a multitude of ways, including to help combat depression, manage pain and soothe the stomach and gut.
Many people also take turmeric to help keep their cholesterol levels in check.
But where science suggests that turmeric may hold the most promise is in the area of inflammation support. Curcumin, believed-to-be the primary active constituent in turmeric, is considered by many to be one of the most potent anti-inflammatory substances known to mankind.
The combined results of many different studies reveal that curcumin can even trump many pharmaceutical drugs with its incredible ability to take on a variety of maladies, including those that affect the blood, brain, heart, gut, and central nervous system.
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are further well-documented, showing that this bioactive substance interacts with many different molecular targets associated with inflammation. One research paper published in 2009 in the journal Alternative Medicine Review stated that “based on early cell culture and animal research, clinical trials indicate curcumin may have potential as a therapeutic agent in diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, arthritis, and chronic anterior uveitis, as well as certain types of cancer.”
The paper’s author went on to say that “Curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory properties have led to active research on its use for a variety of inflammatory conditions, including postoperative inflammation, arthritis, uveitis, inflammatory pseudotumors, dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and Helicobacter pylori infection.”
LIFESPAN SENIOR BOOST
Now you might think that it would be quite a job to bring all these wonderful immune system boosting herbs together under one roof. Quite so.
And that is why we have put them all together under one cap – so to speak –
all in one bottle – as one mixture.
Professionally extracted ingredients of all five the herbs are now available in one combined tincture.
PACKAGE: 50 ml tincture
DOSAGE: 30 Drops 2 x day in 20 ml water