Use These Herbs To Maintain Strong Immunity

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Use These Herbs To Maintain Strong Immunity

Written by: Brandi Monasco

Having a strong immune system in your body is important because the immune system is responsible for fighting off illnesses that you encounter.

We always start to worry when we start feeling weak and down and realize that we likely are going to get sick.

However, there is no need to worry anymore; there are some amazing herbs that can be used to boost your immune system to enable it to fight off diseases. Check out which herbs make the top of the list:

1. Astragalus

It’s a potent medicinal plant mostly found in China. It’s a naturally growing plant that has been used for centuries to boost the immune system. Astragalus has all the characteristics required to have a strong immune system. It is restorative, boosts body resistance against infections, strengthens the heart and the liver, enhances digestion and most importantly restores the damaged immune cells.

Astragalus can be found at your local pharmacy or health store in liquid extract form or in tablets and capsules. Adults can take 200-500 milligrams of astragalus per day.

2. Echinacea

This popular herb is very vital because it boosts the production of common immune compounds such as interferon. Echinacea is also responsible for stimulating disease-fighting cells.

You can take 40 to 60 drops of liquid extract from Echinacea herb as soon as you suspect signs of any infections. Additionally, you can combine the herb with Goldenseal herb and drink it as a tea and you will be assured of strong immunity.

2. St. John’s Wort

St. John’s wort is yet another wonderful herb and according to herbalists, the herb is said to have anti-inflammatory characteristics as well as rich flavonoids such as quercetin. It plays a key role in boosting the immune system. The herb can also be used externally to help sore, painful and overworked muscles.

St. John’s Wort can be found in capsules and tablets as well as tinctures and teas. If you choose to use St. John’s Wort in a capsule or tablet, you should take about 300 milligrams per day up to 3 times a day.  

3. Green Tea

Green tea helps in boosting the immunity due to antioxidant compounds present in it. The compounds prevent the damage of the immune system and neutralize free radicals. Additionally, green tea enables secretion of interferon by the liver that helps fight infections.

To help your immune system, you should aim to drink at least 3 cups each day.

4. Elderberry

It’s a dark blue berry that is very rich in compounds that fight off viruses before they invade healthy immune cells. It also offers firm protection against respiratory infections such as cold or flu.

To make sure that your immune system is strong, it is recommended that you take ½ teaspoon of the extract or 1 spoon of elderberry syrup two times in a day.

5. Ganoderma

Ganoderma is yet another popular herb from China. It’s a mushroom that is bitter, but contains major attributes for boosting the immune system. The herb contains antioxidant properties that make it effective in strengthening immunity and combating illnesses. It also relieves urinary tract infections.

You can find ganoderma at your local pharmacy or health food store. It comes in tablet and capsule form. The recommended dose is 150 milligrams to 900 milligrams.  

6. Hyssop

This herb has been in existence since ancient times. It’s widely known for its disease-fighting characteristics. It nourishes the blood and repairs white blood cells responsible for fighting off illnesses. Hyssop herb also nourishes the nervous system and the digestive system. The Caffeic compound found in the herb is a strong antiviral agent.

Hyssop can be found in a variety of forms such as teas, capsules, oil and extract. If you choose to use hyssop oil, diffuse or inhale 3 to 5 drops of hyssop oil. You can also add a few drops to your bath water. Unfortunately for the capsules, there is no standard or recommended dosage level.

It’s better to prevent illnesses than paying huge hospital bills fighting off that disease that you could have prevented. Taking these herbs regularly will not only keep your body healthy, but will most importantly also keep your immune system in check.

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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