Maintaining body immune system in perfect conditions can reduce the risk of being attacked by any diseases. A weak immune system is the target for germs that can attack your body’s defenses system and causing disease. As a result, you will fall ill and your daily activities will be disrupted.
To maintain your body endurance in peak conditions, you need to adopt a healthy lifestyle such as exercising regularly and eating nutritious healthy foods. In addition, there are several herbal food that is already known to be able to strengthen body immune system, such as:
Echinacea is a herbal plant that grows in America and Canada and has been used as medicine for centuries. The leaves, stems, flowers and roots of echinacea can be used as a base for making supplements, tea, and liquid extracts. Eating echinacea regularly can increase the body’s immune system and reduce various symptoms of flu, colds, and infections.
This plant has a height of about 30 to 60 cm with a cone-shaped seed head and is usually dark brown or red, depending on the species. Three echinacea species that are usually used as herbal medicines are:
- Echinacea angustifolia – narrow leaf coneflower.
- Echinacea pallida – pale purple coneflower.
- Echinacea purpurea – purple coneflower.
Quoted from WebMD, research shows that echinacea can increase white blood cells in the body that can help fight infection. This plant contains echinacein compounds that can inhibit bacteria and viruses for entering healthy cells.
In addition, a lot of evidence shows that the phytochemical compounds in echinacea can reduce infections and tumor caused by viruses. Echinacea is also useful for reducing pain, reducing inflammation, and treating skin problems.
Ginseng has been popular as an effective natural healthcare herbal for various health problems. Ginseng is divided into two types, namely Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Several studies have found evidence that ginseng can improve the immune system.
To prove the efficacy of ginseng on the body immune system, there is conducted research on 36 people who suffer from stomach cancer and have undergone surgery. Researchers gave 5,400mg of ginseng every day for two years. The result, these people experienced an increase in their immune system and experienced a recurrence of stomach cancer symptoms that was lower than before.
Another study examined the effects of red ginseng extract on the immune system of people with stomach cancer who had undergone postoperative chemotherapy. After three months, participants who were given red ginseng extract are being improved on their conditions, which indicated their immune system had improved compared to the participants who were not given red ginseng extract.
Other research also shows that participants who consuming ginseng have 35 percent higher chance of survival to avoid various diseases for five years after surgery. Not only that, participants who consuming ginseng also have 38 percent higher body endurance compared to those who do not consume it.
Many experts also find the fact that ginseng had functions as antioxidant, inflammation healer, help treating colds, menopausal symptoms, high blood pressure, fatigue, hepatitis C, and various other diseases.
Ginseng is a natural herbal medicine that is safe for consumption and has no serious side effects. But for children and pregnant and lactating women who want to consume this herbal, should consult to their doctor first.
Garlic is not only being used in cooking but also has various health benefits for the body. Garlic contains compounds that can help body immune system to fight germs that cause disease. Garlic contain a compound called alliin. When garlic is crushed or chewed, this compound turn into allicin.
Allicin contain sulfur and that is the cause why garlic give distinctive smell and taste. This compound has been proven to increase human body immune system to fight several types of diseases such as cold and flu.
Quoted from Healthline, research shows that allicin is very effective in killing microorganisms that can cause infections such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, canker sores, and also herpes. In fact, the anti virus in garlic can be used to treat eye infections and natural healthcare for ear infections.
To maintain daily immune system, in addition eating nutritious foods, you can take various supplements that containing the extract all of these herbals. By taking supplements that contain a combination of vitamin C, ginseng and echinacea also can help maximize body immune system to maintain body endurance. Because, vitamin C is one of the vitamins that the body needs to strengthen the body immune system.