Immune System (Boost)

The immune system is probably the most important system of the body- it plays a vital role in protecting the body against bacterial and viral infections and keeps the internal organs healthy and functioning better.

While your genes do play an important role in determining your state of health and immunity, you need all the extra help you could get- and adding these herbs to a complete, healthy diet coupled with exercise can actually work wonders in strengthening your immunity.

Check out these cool herbs that can help you beat the worst.

Bell pepper

Bell peppers are commonly added to many Chinese food preparations, and are thought to possess valuable immune-boosting properties. Blessed with an amazing sweet taste and versatility, bell peppers contain a carotenoid known as lycopene, which reduces the risk cancer and many other conditions. The vitamin A and zeaxanthin content of bell peppers is thought to cut down the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Ginger

Ginger, which belongs to the same family as turmeric, is a popular remedy for many digestive system complaints thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Many studies have confirmed the efficacy of ginger extracts in lowering blood cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of a number of cardiovascular conditions. Ginger extracts are also believed to reduce the risk of blood clot development and inflammation of the internal tissues of the body, thereby promoting overall health.

Garlic

Garlic is added to many food preparations to impart a pungent flavor, and modern studies have already confirmed the heart protective properties of this herb. Garlic extracts also possess valuable antimicrobial, anti-neoplastic and antibacterial properties which can boost overall health and improve the functioning of the immune system. What’s best is the fact that this herb is extremely versatile and can be used with practically anything!

Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies, and its active components are believed to be the best when it comes to promoting the health of the immune system. Ginseng extracts are known to contain ginsenosides which are excellent anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents that protect the body against various dangerous health conditions.

Turmeric

Turmeric is well known for its antiseptic properties, which is why, it is one of the best immune boosting herbs you could ever come across. Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin which is packed with antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage and reduce the risk of diseases like cancer.

The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of this herb are thought to stimulate the adrenal glands and release hormones that reduce inflammation of the body tissues and strengthen the liver and other organs, making them virtually immune to the effects of toxins.

Echinacea

Echinacea is a popular herbal remedy that has been credited for dealing with a number of health conditions. The immune boosting properties add to the shine and make this herb a total success. Recent studies have also confirmed the efficiency of this herb in both treating and preventing upper respiratory tract infections.

Astragalus

Astragalus is popularly known for its ability to deal with adrenal system and digestive system problems and is and known to possess valuable diuretic properties. The polysaccharide and flavonoids content of this herb can help combat common cold and flu and strengthen the immune system. Some studies have also found that the extracts of this herb may be useful in helping the elimination of toxic wastes from the body.

Cat’s claw

This herb, native to Peru, is commonly used as a natural treatment for stomach problems, but may also exhibit amazing stimulating properties that strengthen the immune response of the body and protect it against many degenerative and infectious conditions. Many recent studies have also found that the extracts of this herb could engulf and destroy pathogens and protect the body from a wide range of bacterial and viral infections.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko biloba is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals that attack the body and cause harm. The extracts of this herb are thought to be helpful in lessening the damage against radiation and many other toxic conditions.

Latest research has also found how the extracts of this herb may neutralize the damage caused due to oxidizing agents and may prevent cell death and boost general immunity.