- Herbs such as echinacea and ginseng offer immune support, while curcumin and oregano oil can offer antioxidant support.*
- Herbal supplements are one of the best ways to get the benefits of herbs while being confident in their potency and effectiveness.
When you think of immune support, chances are you think of vitamin C – maybe even vitamin D or zinc. But did you know that many herbs also carry additional immune benefits?
Let’s take a look at the best ways to support your immune system naturally, and four immune-supporting herbs to include in your daily routine.
How to support your body and immune system naturally
Everyone wants to support a healthy immune system and maintain whole body wellness. The state of your immune system can help you go about your days with ease when you feel your best. There are many ways through your daily routine that you can help support your immune system and provide nourishment for your entire body.
- Wash your hands: Stop the spread of germs by consistently washing or sanitizing your hands.
- Eat the rainbow: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients that help support your immune system and overall health. Try to fill half of your plate with vegetables each meal!
- Get adequate sleep: Adults should be getting at least eight to ten hours of sleep each night for the immune system and body to function properly.
- Exercise regularly: Moving your body every day helps keep all bodily systems strong – including the immune system.
With all these healthy lifestyle habits in place, herbs are a great way to get added immune and antioxidant support. Let’s take a look at four of our favorites:
Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is an herbaceous flowering plant in the daisy family and is native to North America. Echinacea has been used in traditional wellness practices for centuries, and both its upperparts and roots are commonly found in herbal teas.
Traditional use claims are based on historical or traditional practices. Echinacea has been traditionally used for a variety of reasons, including for immune health, which dates back to the American Eclectics in the early part of the twentieth century.
Echinacea supplement to try:
Each capsule of this premium-quality herbal supplement offers 125 mg of standardized echinacea extract and 300 mg of echinacea powder so that you get the full benefits of this amazing plant. This supplement is also vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher!
What does “Standardized Full Potency” mean?
To ensure you’re getting consistent and reliable phytonutrient levels in each capsule, we isolate a controlled amount of these important active plant compounds. Then, we blend these enhanced, “standardized” compounds with all of the components that occur naturally in the whole herb. The result is a potent, premium-quality standardized herbal extract with all of the synergistic and beneficial qualities found in nature.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric – a plant that is part of the ginger family and is used as a popular spice in cuisines worldwide. Turmeric has been used in traditional wellness practices for centuries.
Curcumin supports immune health and has also been found to contain antioxidant properties.1 These plant-based antioxidants can help fight free radicals in the body.* Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which may damage cells.
Curcumin supplement to try:
Although rich in health benefits, curcumin is an elusive ingredient because of its low bioavailability – which means it is difficult for the body to absorb. Solgar® Full Spectrum Curcumin ensures the curcumin is body-ready by making it water soluble rather than fat soluble, meaning it is absorbed more easily compared to native curcumin extract. In fact, one 40 mg Solgar® softgel is the same as dozens of regular 100 mg curcumin capsules!
3. Oregano Oil
Oregano has been popular ever since the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations used it for wellness purposes. Oregano oil contains a higher concentration of the beneficial compounds that occur naturally in the plant.
Oregano contains a number of valuable phytochemicals. These compounds are responsible for the plant’s fragrance and have antioxidant properties.2
Oregano oil supplement to try:
This formula blends high-quality oregano oil with cold-pressed olive oil to create an effective supplement with beneficial qualities. This supplement is non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) is an herbal plant that grows in Korea, northeastern China, and far eastern Siberia. Ginseng is one of the most popular herbs used for wellness in the world. Varieties of ginseng root have been used in traditional wellness practices in Asia and North America for centuries.
Ginseng is a well-known immune-support herb because of its naturally occurring ginsenosides and flavonoids.3
Ginseng supplement to try:
Each serving of this supplement offers 250 mg of standardized Korean ginseng extract and 200 mg of raw Korean ginseng powder. This formula is also uniquely formulated to ensure maximum potency and is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher.
Summing it up
While nothing will replace healthy lifestyle habits like washing your hands and getting enough sleep, many herbs can offer tremendous benefits for your immune system and whole body wellness. Taking a herbal supplement is one of the best ways to get the full potency of these wholesome benefits so that you can continue doing what you love. One of the best parts about herbal supplement capsules is that they can even be opened and added to your tasty tea!†
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◊These statements are based on a human study of NovaSOL™ curcumin in comparison with native curcumin extract, using an object measure (metabolite analysis).