BUILD IRONCLAD IM­MU­NITY

WHETHER YOU’RE LOOK­ING TO PRE­VENT A COLD OR FLU, OR CRE­ATE LONG-TERM IM­MUNE SUP­PORT TO HELP PRO­TECT AGAINST CAN­CER AND OTHER DIS­EASES, SUP­PLE­MENTS CAN HELP. THESE 10 SUP­PLE­MENTS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO FIGHT IN­FEC­TION — AND MORE

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Lisa Turner

Whether you’re look­ing to pre­vent a cold or flu, or cre­ate long-term im­mune sup­port to help pro­tect against can­cer and other dis­eases, sup­ple­ments can help. These 10 have been proven to fight in­fec­tion—and more.

As win­ter ap­proaches, we’re all think­ing about bol­ster­ing our de­fenses against colds and flu. But a ro­bust, well-bal­anced im­mune sys­tem does more than fight off bac­te­ria and viruses; it’s key in pre­vent­ing more se­ri­ous dis­eases, like hep­ati­tis, leukemia, and other can­cers.

This year, as cold and flu sea­son en­ters its win­try worst, fight back: keep your sys­tem rock solid, with these 10 su­per­im­mune sup­ple­ments to max­i­mize your pathogen-fight­ing po­ten­tial—and set you up for long-term health.

1. VI­TA­MIN C

This pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant has an­timi­cro­bial ac­tiv­i­ties, im­proves com­po­nents of the im­mune sys­tem, and re­duces the risk, sever­ity, and du­ra­tion of in­fec­tious dis­ease. Some stud­ies show that large doses taken at the on­set of colds can lessen symp­toms. More im­por­tantly, vi­ta­min C may also pro­tect against some forms of can­cer, in­clud­ing pan­cre­atic, breast, colon, and cer­vi­cal can­cer.

2. MUSH­ROOMS

Reishi, maitake, cordy­ceps, and other medic­i­nal mush­rooms con­tain im­mune-en­hanc­ing lenti­nan and other com­pounds that ward off vi­ral in­fec­tions, lower in­flam­ma­tion, and help pre­vent bron­chi­tis and flu. Stud­ies have also shown their ef­fec­tive­ness in treat­ing HIV-in­fected pa­tients, re­duc­ing can­cer risk, and in­hibit­ing the growth and spread of tu­mors.

3. ZINC

This trace el­e­ment is cru­cial for the de­vel­op­ment of white blood cells that de­stroy bac­te­ria and viruses, and even mild de­fi­cien­cies can in­crease the risk of in­fec­tion. Stud­ies show zinc may re­duce the length and sever­ity of the com­mon cold, es­pe­cially when taken as lozenges the first 24 hours of on­set of symp­toms. Other stud­ies show zinc sup­ple­men­ta­tion in­hibits the growth of can­cer cells and in­duces apop­to­sis (can­cer cell death) and can help pro­tect against prostate, lung, blad­der, and other can­cers.

4. ECHI­NACEA

Used for hun­dreds of years in herbal medicine, echi­nacea (pur­ple cone­flower) petals, leaves, and roots have an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and im­mune­boost­ing prop­er­ties, and can shorten the du­ra­tion and sever­ity of colds and up­per res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions when taken as soon as symp­toms ap­pear. Some stud­ies sug­gest echi­nacea may also re­duce can­cer risk.

5. ELDERBERRY

This berry is a pow­er­ful an­tivi­ral and an­timi­cro­bial, and can ward off colds and flu. In one study, peo­ple who took elderberry had a shorter du­ra­tion of colds, with fewer symp­toms. In an­other study, a stan­dard­ized black elderberry ex­tract pro­tected against 10 strains of in­fluenza virus, and short­ened the du­ra­tion of flu symp­toms.

6. PRO­BI­OTICS

These ben­e­fi­cial bugs have po­tent an­tivi­ral ef­fects, and can fight stom­ach bugs and other in­fec­tions. Stud­ies show pro­bi­otics shorten the du­ra­tion of the com­mon cold and res­pi­ra­tory viruses. In one trial, peo­ple who took pro­bi­otics reg­u­larly had fewer ill­nesses and shorter episodes of ill­ness. Other stud­ies sug­gest pro­bi­otics pro­tect against can­cer, re­duc­ing in­va­sion and spread of can­cer cells.

7. OREGANO OIL

Ex­tracted from the oregano plant, oregano oil is rich in car­vacrol, a phy­to­chem­i­cal with an­tivi­ral, an­tibac­te­rial, and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Oregano oil ex­tracts have been shown to in­hibit the ac­tiv­ity of the in­fluenza virus and help di­late the bronchi, in­creas­ing air­flow to the lungs and mak­ing it eas­ier to breathe dur­ing res­pi­ra­tory tract in­fec­tions. Other stud­ies sug­gest car­vacrol in­duces apop­to­sis, or can­cer cell death.

8. ANDROGRAPHIS

This bit­ter herb works by re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion, fight­ing viruses, and en­hanc­ing im­mune func­tion. Andrographis ex­tract wards off flu and re­duces the in­ten­sity of com­mon cold symp­toms; in one study, it was 53 per­cent more ef­fec­tive than a placebo in re­duc­ing res­pi­ra­tory tract in­fec­tion. Other stud­ies show it in­hibits the pro­lif­er­a­tion of tu­mor cells and can pro­tect against colon, esophageal, prostate, gas­tric and other forms of can­cer.

9. OLIVE LEAF EX­TRACT

Olive leaf ex­tract is rich in a va­ri­ety of an­tiox­i­dant polyphe­nols that have an­tivi­ral, an­tibac­te­rial, and anti-in­flam­ma­tory ac­tions, and can ward off colds and flu. Other stud­ies show olive leaf ex­tract can pre­vent DNA dam­age and re­duce can­cer risk.

10. SELENIUM

A trace min­eral found in seafood, nuts, and seeds, selenium helps en­hance im­mune re­sponse, im­prove re­sis­tance to vi­ral in­fec­tions and fight in­fec­tion. Many stud­ies also show selenium pro­tects against can­cer and pre­vents the spread of can­cer cells.

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