Are you wondering what actually lies behind the term immune enhancement? Immunity is the body’s ability to protect against external factors that can have an adverse effect on the body. Immune resistance, which is nothing more than the body’s ability to react properly or defend against a pathogen, is responsible for the resistance we talk about in the context of changing aura, lowering the temperature or being in an environment of increased risk of infection.
Vitamin C, but only natural one!
It’s no secret that vitamin C is necessary for the immune system to work flawlessly, but why is it so necessary?
- Vitamin C has an effect on the condition and growth of B and T immune cells.
- In addition, another important role that vitamin C plays is strengthening and seal blood vessels, making it harder for pathogens to develop inside them.
- Vitamin C is slowing down the ageing process of our skin cells.
- It helps in the effective absorption of iron.
- It has a positive effect on eyesight.
- And has a beneficial effect on the circulatory system, protects the heart.
Importantly, vitamin C is contained in many plants and food products like fruit juices in significant amount but more important is how the body absorbs it, i.e. to what extent it will be absorbed in the digestive tract. Easily absorbed vitamin C is especially contained in herbs and plants, for example in popular parsley, which with a high iron content should be present in the daily diet, especially during periods of reduced immunity.
Another plant that you can’t forget about when taking care of immunity is a wild rose. The fruits of this shrub inhabiting roadside, forest edges and baulks have been valued for centuries as a very rich source of vitamin C. Now we should also reach for an infusion of rosehips as soon as we feel weak or catch a cold.
Rowan, often planted because of its beautiful appearance, especially in autumn, is also a winter pantry for birds and small mammals. Few of us know that rowan fruits contain more vitamin C than most of the available and popular fruits. Now often overlooked and underestimated, in the past, it was a valued fruit that could be met in the kitchen commonly, used almost every day in many tasty ways.
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is another plant known for its beneficial effects on the immune system. Extracts from both the root and the leaves are commonly used in drugs that support the immune system. Echinacea owes its very effective action to glycosides that prevent the growth of bacteria, flavonoids that „extinguish” inflammation and seal blood vessels. Of course, It contains many other ingredients that actively influence that we simply get sick less often and if any infection actually develops it is a lot more gently and we will go through it more easily.
Third – aromatic, warming sage
Sage leaf, which has been used for centuries as a remedy for a lot of ailments, especially when it comes to immunity, deserves attention due to its antiseptic properties. Essential oils contained in sage and thanks to which it is so valued in warming up the body have also a healing effect on the respiratory system, thanks to which you can avoid diseases of the upper respiratory tract.
All these herbs, which are highly valued in the herbal medicine tradition, are connected by the fact that they have a beneficial effect on the immune system and effectively support its functioning. Regular drinking of herbal infusions mentioned above should help you in supporting immunity.