5 Herbs for Immune System Support…
Winter is in full swing, and this year as well as being bombarded with some pretty nasty cold and flu viruses, we are also facing the current corona-virus outbreak which has spread worldwide. We want our immune system to be firing on all cylinders to keep us healthy. Our immune system is constantly working overtime to stop and remove pathogens, neutralise infections and respond to new pathogens it encounters. Many herbs and spices are well researched and show immune supporting benefits, these are the ones to make best friends with this winter. Let’s take a look at our top 5 herbs for immune system support.
Shiitake mushroom: Also known as ‘the elixir of life’, Shiitake is one of the most effective mushrooms for digestive and immune system support, it has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, helping us to fight off pathogens and stay healthy. Regular shiitake consumption has been shown to improve immunity and the production of immune cells. Shiitake is also rich in beta-glucans which is a polysaccharide that helps to modulate the immune system and bring it back into balance if it is under, or over active. Beta-glucans have been shown to enhance macrophage and natural killer cell function, two important cells for our defences
Garlic: Garlic is one of the most researched foods around, with over 5,000 peer-reviewed articles looking at its health benefits. It is anti-microbial due to its sulphur content, and contains a compound called allicin which helps to kill micro-organisms responsible for many infections including the common cold.
Oregano: Oregano contains an active compound carvacrol which has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and a great immune system supporter.
Clove: Cloves have been shown to have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can help stop the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Cloves are rich in eugenol which has been proven effective against many harmful bacteria and viruses.
Thyme: Thyme is an expectorant, and often used as a natural cough remedy. It has natural antiviral properties that support the body’s defences. It is known for its strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties due to the presence of the volatile oils thymol and carvacrol.
We have combined these beneficial plants and fungi to create our Candi-X signature blend. Candi-X contains fermented anti-fungal and anti-microbial herbs and foods including Oregano, Garlic, Thyme, Ginger, Clove and Shiitake mushroom. The ideal choice for immune system support, keeping your defences strong all winter. As always make sure you are eating well, managing stress and getting plenty of good sleep to support overall wellness.