immune systems/ herbs for it?

boost the immune system, what herbs would help?

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  • Gary K
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    No, "boost" the immune system is a marketing gimmick and a meaningless statement. The immune system is just that; a system. It’s not a single entity but an extremely complex series of interactions on many levels. It's made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs, and is not something you can just ‘boost’.

    If you are run down or have not looking after yourself, your immune function can be improved, by healthy diet and lifestyle; but you cannot improve it past its optimal baseline.

    There is no need to start taking herbs, supplements or extra antioxidants if you maintain a healthy diet - you can't get healthier than healthy. In any case, its risky - we don't know long term effects, medicinal herbs are basically crude drugs; their quality and potency are subject to variation as they are not regulated or controlled like pharmaceuticals. What it says on the label may not be what you get in the bottle. They are typically handed out by people with little or no medical training have the potential to interact with other medications. They cannot provide immunity to infection.

    Avoid crowds and sick people, wash your hands frequently and make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

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  • 9 years ago

    1) Herbs don't boost your immune system.

    2) Your immune system doesn't *need* boosting.

    3) ...because that would lead to allergies, asthma and Type II Diabetes.

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  • 9 years ago

    Following a diet rich in antioxidants is essential to supporting your immune system, overall health and wellness. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.

    Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that common herbs have higher antioxidant activity than fruits, vegetables and some spices, including garlic. Oregano had 3 to 20 times higher antioxidant activity than the other herbs studied.

    I have included here a short list of herbs that I have come across with strong antioxidant properties which you may be interested in exploring. This list is by no means exhaustive. Also, I have included a couple of teas. Please look at the links below for research done on this topic to get you started.

    Oregano

    Bilberry

    Ginkgo Biloba

    Grape Seed Extract

    Astragalus root

    Muscadine grapes seed powder

    Turmeric

    Green tea

    Hibiscus tea

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=news&dbid...

    http://www.suite101.com/content/top-ten-overall-im...

    http://www.naturalhealth-solutions.net/healthy-eat...

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/02010...

    http://www.suagcenter.com/documents/HibiscusTea.pd...

    http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-00025...

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    No such thing as "boosting the immune system."

    Source(s): MD
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    ok first of all there is no way to boost your immune system. and antioxidants are the new fad thing so dont be surprised if they dont work.

    Source(s): basic biology
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Cordyceps, Shiitake & reishi mushrooms, oregano leaf oil. Echinacea has NEVER worked for me.

    There are other supplements besides herbs such as IP6.

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