Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea or Echinacea Angustifolia)
The beautiful Echinacea flower, plant parts and the root are highly regarded for their ability to quickly support upper respiratory (nose and throat) immunity. Echinacea supports recovery from chills. The nutrients within Echinacea include copper, iron, fatty acids, Vitamins A, C and E.
The liquid products containing Echinacea can make your tongue feel very tingly, a positive thing indicating the active constituents present. If you don’t think you like the sound of this, then you could either blend into a smoothie or bit of juice, or consider the capsules available.
Garlic (Alium sativum)
We are probably all familiar with the use of garlic in cooking, and many of us might have included it in home remedies for all sorts of things. Garlic can contain Vitamins B1 and B5, calcium, iron, sulphur, and zinc. The phytochemical in garlic known for its specific support of the immune system is Alliin, which is converted to allicin once we chew it. Allicin is the active constituent which you can think of as a great defender.
Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata)
Native to India and Sri Lanka where it has traditionally been used for support for ills and chills, Andrographis can support our immune system to rapidly respond to an attack and supports a normal body temperature. Some research on Andrographis shows it can support normal healthy levels of immune cells in the blood. There are a range of products available, including for children in a sweet glycerine base, for ease of taking.
Astragalus (Astragalus racemosa)
Different to Andrographis, Astragalus root is wonderful support to take throughout the seasons to help a normal healthy immune system and to nourish the body in times of stress. In acute times of need, other plant helpers would be more appropriate than astragalus. Astragalus can be thought of as a shield, generally strengthening and supportive at a primary level of many body systems over a longer period and helping it adapt to stressors.
All of these beautiful herbs are included in many of the immune support products sold at HealthPost, in a variety of forms, from liquids, capsules, tablets, and chewables.
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