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Herbs used to aid Immunity

The right raw materials can…double or triple the protective power of the immune system,

— Joel Fuhrman

Immunity Boosting Herbs

Keeping our immune system at optimal level makes us less susceptible to infections such as colds, flu and tummy bugs – as well as more serious conditions. So for good health we need to be pro-active in looking after our immune system in order to be ‘fighting fit’.

Scientific studies have shown that certain herbs can support and enhance immune function, some achieve this by providing the nutrition needed to build the immune system and some by actually increasing the number of white blood cells which destroy bacteria, viruses and other pathogens (micro-organisms that can cause disease).

As always, prevention is better than cure, and this is where healthy lifestyle choices come in. A balanced wholefood diet, supplemented with nutrient-dense superfoods such as seeds, berries, algae, grasses and seaweeds, will provide a solid foundation for feeding and maintaining the immune system. Add our high-quality, cost-effective herbs and essential oils to the equation, and you have a great advantage.

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Aloe_Resin
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Astragalus Root
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Elderberry
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Frankincense_Resin
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Aloe Vera
(Aloe Barbadensis Miller)

 is a powerful immuno-modulator which increases the fluidity of cell membranes, allowing toxins to flow out more easily and nutrients to flow in. This improves cellular metabolism throughout the body leading to an overall boost to energy production, cells are more resistant to viruses and pathogenic bacteria, and the kind of inflammation that can lead to all kinds of chronic disease is reduced. With an impressive nutrient profile of over 200 active constituents, Aloe Vera contains the polysaccharide “Acemannan” – a long chain sugar that injects itself into all cell membranes. 


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Ashwagandha
(Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is a powerful herb for the immune system, which as an antioxidant supports overall immune system function. The main chemical constituents of the root activate enzymes and macrophages (Th1 helper cells), that can engulf disease before it manifests – defending the body against parasitic, bacterial and viral infections. It can also reduce the harmful suppressive effects of chemotherapeutic drugs on the immune system.


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Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)

Astragalus has a long and enduring history as a potent immune boosting herb and disease fighter. It is an immunostimulant (an agent that stimulates the immune system) that it is known to increase the count of white blood cells and stimulate the production of antibodies, this builds up bodily resistance to viruses and bacteria.


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Amla
(Phyllanthus emblica)

A weakened immune system is the root cause of infections and diseases. With anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Amla has a regenerative effect on the immune system. Research has shown Amla berry extract to be an effective antibacterial against illness causing bacteria like staphylococcus and cholerae. It has even been demonstrated to combat Helicobacter pylori bacteria – one of the main causes of gastric ulcers.


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Cats Claw
(Uncaria tomentosa)

Cats claw effect on the immune system appears to be two fold, with the ability to both boost and dampen immune response, depending on what is needed. Hyper immune responses can be contained, whilst a weak immune system that allows disease to advance undeterred is strengthened by supplementation with Cat’s Claw.


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Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea)

Echinacea has long been esteemed as a powerful immune system stimulator providing significant therapeutic value. It is perhaps most famous for its ability to cut the chances of catching the common cold by up to 58% and in reducing its duration by 1 – 2 days. (Published in the “Lancet” after a meta-analysis study by the University of Connecticut which evaluated 14 studies.)


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Elderberry (Sambucus)

Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) colouring. These powerful antioxidants work to keep the immune system strong and resilient.


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Golden Seal (Hydrastis canadensis)

The Goldenseal root was highly prized by Native Americans for its immune boosting and infection fighting abilities. The active component “berberine” is now thought to be responsible for this powerful herb’s effects, including its ability to kill all sorts of bacteria – including E-Coli which is the primary culprit behind diarrhoea and urinary tract infections.


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Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum)

Goji berries contain unique compounds known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides, with research showing these compounds enhance the body’s ability to resist disease. They are also rich in vitamin C – crucial to the body in its efforts to fight infections (both bacterial and viral), white blood cells contain 20 times the amount of vitamin C than other cells and require constant replenishment to keep the immune system working to its optimum capacity.


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