Top 5 Anti-Viral Herbs…
Since ancient times, herbs have been used as natural treatments for various illnesses, including colds, flu and viral infections. Many herbs and foods are well researched and show immune supporting benefits, read on to find our top 5 anti-viral herbs.
There are many steps we can take to support our immune system, including eating a healthy balanced diet- avoiding those things that affect our immunity like high sugar diets, refined processed foods and excess alcohol-avoiding chronic stress, getting plenty of rest and recovery and supporting our gut where a large chunk of our immune system is located.
Top Anti-Viral Herbs:
Shiitake mushroom: Shiitake, like most medicinal mushrooms is an excellent choice for immune support. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and has been shown to inhibit the growth of viruses. Regular shiitake consumption has been shown to improve immunity and the production of immune cells.
Garlic: Garlic 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, it also stimulates protective immune cells which may safeguard against viral infections.
Oregano: Oregano contains an active compound carvacrol which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, and has been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against many viral strains. It is also rich in anti-oxidants and a great immune system supporter.
Ginger: Ginger is antimicrobial, defending against bacteria and fungus, and has impressive anti-viral activity, making it a key immune supporting food. Many of its key compounds like gingerols and zingerone have been shown to inhibit viral replication and prevent viruses from entering host cells. It is also an excellent decongestant.
Elderberry: Elderberry is a traditional remedy for flu, and has been shown to reduce upper respiratory symptoms caused by viral infections.
Our Candi-X herbal supplements contain many of the above herbs and foods to support your defences and ensure your immune system is functioning correctly.