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5 Herbs That Boost the Immune System

By    |   Monday, 10 Aug 2015 06:56 PM

Herbs contain powerful components many nutrition and health experts say benefit the immune system.

Here are five herbs some credit with boosting the immune system.

1. Ginseng
The root of American ginseng can help to clear upper respiratory infections when taken during a period of months, Mother Earth Living said. Recent research supports the centuries-long practice of using of this root to boost health and vitality.

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2. Echinacea
Known as a natural cold remedy, the herb echinacea also "stimulates infection-fighting immune cells and increases the production of other immune compounds, such as interferon," Mother Earth Living said. Harvard Medical School said most health experts don’t recommend taking echinacea long-term and noted the supplement may have serious side effects for some users.

3. Gingko Biloba
The leaves of the Gingko biloba tree contain antioxidants called bilobalides and ginkgolides, according to Natural News. Those are thought to help protect the body from damage from free radicals in the environment. One study suggested those extracts from have also helped to reduce brain damage. Studies show Gingko helps improve blood circulation and preserve memory functioning, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

4. Cat's Claw
There are many medicinal properties in cat's claw, including working as a natural diuretic and helping to reduce high blood pressure, according to For Dummies. The thorny vine is also effective in reducing pain from arthritis The herb may help stimulate the immune system, and is thought to have few side effects, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

5. Larch
Larch supplements, made from compounds in the bark of the larch tree, can act as a natural immunity booster to help to ward off a cold, according to television wellness expert Dr. Oz. Larch arabinogalactan may benefit the digestive tract by increasing intestinal bacteria, WebMD said.

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