7 Herbs and Spices That Help Your Body Fight-Off Colds and Flu
AstragalusNot only is astragalus an adaptogen, which means it helps your body regulate stress, but it's also a powerful immune booster. Studies show it has powerful antiviral properties that can keep viruses from multiplying in your body.
Camu CamuThe camu camu fruit is packed with more vitamin C than any other food on earth. Not only that, but it's also full of beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, serine, thiamin, leucine, and valine. We all know how important vitamin C is to boosting your immune system, and getting it from a natural source makes it even more effective. We offer camu camu in a convenient capsule form.
ChagaWild chaga is a medicinal mushroom that's considered one of the world’s best sources of immunological food. It has strong anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. And it's considered one of the most potent adaptogens. CrucialFour's mImmune extract comes from 10-year-old wild crafted chaga.
EchinaceaEchinacea is many people's go-to herb for fighting colds and flu. It boosts the immune system and also helps your body fight infections. Make sure you buy a high-quality brand that contains Echinacea purpurea, which studies indicate is the most effective species.
ElderberrySyrup made from elderberries is one of the most potent natural remedies for flu and it also helps your body fight colds. It boosts production of immune cells, stops viruses from spreading, and can shorten flu symptoms by over 50%. You can make your own elderberry syrup or buy it in most health food stores. If you buy elderberry, make sure the syrup doesn't contain refined sweeteners like sugar or corn syrup.
GingerNot only is ginger going to help your body fight off an infection, but it'll also help treat the symptoms. Fresh ginger, ginger tea, and ginger capsules all help fight sinus congestion, nausea, and vomiting. Ginger also supports healthy digestion, so you get an extra health-boost since the digestive system is tied-in with your immune system.
TurmericTurmeric contains a substance called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Basically, it's one of the most powerful immune boosters in your spice cabinet. You can cook with the powder or take turmeric extract to get the highest amount of curcumin possible.
Along with healthy eating, good sleep, and exercise these powerful herbs are your best friends during cold and flu season. With these seven herbs and spices on your side, you'll be well-armed for facing colds and flu that sneak up on you and your family.