The immune system, which is the defense of our body, helps us to protect us from invaders (foreign killers), like pathogenic microorganisms and cancer. It helps you and equips you with arms and ammunition to fight and protect against all diseases.
The immune system includes two types of cells to protect the body from diseases. These two cells are Blood and Lymph cells.
Blood and Lymph
Blood and Lymph are two fluids that help to protect the body against diseases. Lymph is a colorless liquid that passes throughout the tissues of the body. Blood, as we all know, is further classified into two types of cells i.e., red blood cells (RBC) and white blood cells (WBC).
The red blood cells contain Hemoglobin that permits the cells to carry oxygen. Besides of being a transport molecule, hemoglobin acts as a pigment which gives the red color to these cells.
The white blood cells in the body help you to combat diseases. They are again divided into phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes are the part of white blood cells, which move through the blood to combat the invaders (bacteria, viruses, and toxins).
When a phagocyte kills a pathogen, it releases a chemical that helps lymphocytes to identify which kind of pathogen is it. Three main lymphocytes in our body are T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells. They make special enzymes that kill the cancerous or infected cells and acts as our defense system.
Herbs to Boost Immunity
This is the herb that has tremendous benefits with it. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a flowering plant, also known as Indian saffron or golden spice, a plant with many uses, the roots (Zingiberaceae) of this plant is used for cooking since time immortal in the Indian subcontinent. Plant chemical, curcumin in turmeric is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Inflammation is the key factor in developing conditions like diseases of heart, diabetes, Alzheimer`s disease, and cancer.
It is a great remedy to treat nausea, colds, and cough. Filled with properties like anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant helps in treating flu and cold. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the best herbal remedies, since time immortal in many civilizations from Continental to Asian.Treatment for many sicknesses like sickness associated with pregnancy, seasickness, motion sickness, etc. It is one of the best herbal remedies for great immunity.
It is good to treat many diseases, as it has one of the best qualities in it to boost the adrenals (the glands responsible for fight and flight). Stress makes adrenals worn down; hence your immune system has to face the attack of this stress. When your adrenals are getting support from Licorice root, they then boosted with energy and the result is stress gets released from your body. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has shown boosting the immune system by enhancing chemicals that kill the viruses.
It is a food substance made by bees and some insects, which are related to bees. Bees produce honey from floral nectar sugary secretions of plants. Honey gets its sweetness from glucose and fructose. It has an attractive feature as almost many microorganisms cannot grow in it, hence you can store it for thousands of years just by sealing it.
Honey, has an antibiotic, anti-oxidant,-inflammatory properties in it.
Astragalus is an herb, which is considered traditional Chinese medicine. It promotes healthy resistance from the emotional, physical and occasional stressors. Deep immune system and liver are the parts of the body that Astragalus can support; Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus) helps in supporting the adrenals also.
Greek Oregano means “joy of the mountain” as the herb is cultivated on higher elevations in the Mediterranean region. Oregano (Origanum Vulgare), It is used throughout Europe for centuries in the kitchens.
It’s a natural antioxidant that contains photo chemicals, which supports the body`s natural resistance. Oregano`s volatile oils help support the microbiome in the intestines and healthy immune response.
It is loaded with many vitamin C and also rich with soluble fibers; soluble fibers have the ability to strengthen the immune system by changing the personalities of immune cells. The cells which tend to be pro-inflammatory turn to be anti-inflammatory. Healing cells help the body recover from infection and illness at a faster pace.
Citrus fruits like orange, lemons (Citrus limon), grapefruit are low in sugar, but have a heavy dose of vitamin C, as our body does not produce vitamin C on its own. Vitamin C is present in these fruits is a great source of providing Vitamin C to our body by enjoying the fruits It helps you to get rid of the problems of cold, flu and other bacterial and viral diseases.
Strawberries, Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are the berries, which are having a high quantity of antioxidants that helps to combat free radicals. Pterostilbene is the substance that is found in the blueberries that helps you to fend off cold and flu. If vitamin D is added with these berries it helps in fighting many diseases and sickness and keep away from the body. Grapes, particularly the red grapes are having in abundance the resveratrol, the compound which helps in fighting the diseases away.
To fight with these invaders (diseases), we need great Army (immunity), so that we can cope up with these invaders who come in the shape of oxidants, bacteria, free radicals, and viruses. In this article we try to give you some tips and explained about some of the herbs which helps you to fight with these enemies(diseases), hence boosting your immunity.