Herbal immunity boosters



As we know, the rate at which the number of cases of coronavirus is rising all over the world, it has become important to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection. So, we need to have a safe and powerful immune system. A healthy diet that works perfectly can never go wrong. If you have a healthy immune system your body can protect you against any disease, including the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Since the virus affects our throat and chest, we must boost our bronchial health.


Although, as of now, there is no vaccine or validated home remedy available to protect you from COVID-19, there are certain vitamins and food that you can inculcate in your diet to provide your body with a strong immune system, and supply energy and nutrients to the body. It is also necessary to note that good immunity is not built overnight, but by consuming healthy food that has strong nutritional value; balanced food is eaten diligently, thus reducing the risk of becoming sick.


There are different ways to improve your immune system and Ayurveda is one of the ancient sources. For years, many herbs have been used to prepare Ayurvedic medicine that can help improve our immune system...


As we know, the rate at which the number of cases of coronavirus is rising all over the world, it has become important to take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of infection. So, we need to have a safe and powerful immune system. A healthy diet that works perfectly can never go wrong. If you have a healthy immune system your body can protect you against any disease, including the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Since the virus affects our throat and chest, we must boost our bronchial health.


Here, we have some immunity-boosting herbs that you can try to boost your immunity.


VITAMIN C AND E RICH FOOD


Vitamin C is an essential part of enhancing immunity, for kids, adults, and even elderly people. There are some herbs such as amla or Indian gooseberry, lemon, giloy, brahmi, oranges, guava, and papaya which are high in vitamin C and have propensities to infuse antioxidants and improve immunity. For better results, you should have them every day.

Vitamin E is a vital and effective antioxidant that is able to protect you against various pathogens, bacteria, and viruses. To get the daily dose of vitamin E, soaked almonds, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and even hazelnuts should be included in the diet.


People who have been infected with the COVID-19 are being given vitamin C and E to recover from this disease.



Here some Herbs which are rich sources of VITAMIN C and E.


Lemon


Take ½ fresh lemon and squeeze it in 1 glass of warm water every day.


Benefits: Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C.

It boosts immunity and detoxifies our system.




Amla or Indian Gooseberry


Have one amla every day on an empty stomach.


Benefits: Amla or Indian gooseberry is charged with the benefits of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and is a rich source of antioxidants that helps boost immunity. One amla corresponds to 20 citric fruits.




Giloy and Brahmi


You can get Giloy and Brahmi juice that are readily available in the market. You can take these in capsule form as well.


Benefits: Incorporate these herbs into your daily routine to improve your immunity, memory, energy, and intelligence, and many more…


GINGER

Ginger helps to relieve infections of the throat. Its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial effects maintain the body's defenses against cough, chills, and nausea. This root vegetable stimulates your metabolism and helps to boost your immunity.


Benefits: The antiviral properties of ginger help to regulate the side effects when combined with star anise and honey.


Tip: Take 1 spoon of honey, and mix with ginger extract. Drink this solution 3-4times a day. It will help you get rid of all pain and inflammation in the breathing tract.


Turmeric



Turmeric is our magical Indian super-food and an ingredient of curcuminoids fighting against cancer. It is an effective anti-oxidant that combat free radicals thus lowering the root cause of all diseases caused by inflammation.


Benefits: Curcumin, a compound present in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties that help to boost the immune system. This is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to slow down the body's oxidation process and keeps you young.


Tip: A perfect way to drink it is, as a shot with 1⁄2 tsp tea, and a mild latte with turmeric. Or add that to your shots of carrot and beetroot water. Also, you can use turmeric for steaming. For this, you only have to take hot water and add 1 spoon of turmeric. It is the best way to kill the virus which comes from the throat and nose.


TULSI

Tulsi or Holy basil is a common herb in the Lamiaceae family. It is native to India and is widely grown in Southeast Asia. So, the 'Queen of Herbs' is appropriately named Tulsi. Tulsi is rich in Zinc and Vitamin C. Therefore, it acts as a natural booster of immunity and keeps infections away.


Benefits: This has enormous anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that protect us from infections of various kinds. Tulsi leaves extract increases the activity of T cells (T-cell count or CD4 count is an indicator of immune function in patients living with HIV) and natural killer cells, boosting the immune system.


GARLIC

This herb has curative and medicinal properties. Garlic's beneficial properties come from a compound called Allicin. They are rich in minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and magnesium.



Benefits: Garlic protects our body from free radicals, Zinc from garlic increases immunity. Its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties stimulate the immune system and keep diseases at bay.


Tip: Take some raw garlic pieces, roast them on the pan for 2 minutes, then take it as it is. Mixing chopped raw garlic and cloves with a tablespoon of raw honey and eating it on alternate days is a quick home remedy. It's a smart way to help improve the immune system.


 

Even after the epidemic of coronavirus took over our lives, many nutritionists have shared recipes for immune-boosting beverages. Here's one you can try it:


Ingredients


  • Chopped pieces of ginger

  • Black Pepper

  • Cloves

  • Cinnamon

  • Turmeric

  • Lemon

  • Water-500 ml



Method- Boil all the ingredients together for 10 minutes. Switch of the flame. Strain it with a sieve or strainer and drink it. Always remember to NOT drink it at a lukewarm temperature.

 

By Vandana Sahu

(August 2020)

 

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