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Nature’s Defense Boosters

With the cold-weather settling in, it is important to keep the immune system in optimal shape.

The immune system is a versatile and complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to counteract the effects of foreign invaders.  However, immune function may decline with age, inadequate nutrition and stress.

During the cold and flu season natural alternatives for immune system support help target unwanted invaders.

 Olive leaf extract:  Used to enhance the immune system and has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.  The active component in olive leaf extract is called oleuropein.  Present throughout the olive tree (wood, fruit, leaves, roots and bark), this compound protects the tree from insect and bacterial predators and imparts numerous benefits when taken in supplement form.

 

 Elderberry: For over 2,500 years, black elderberry has treated influenza, coughs, and colds.  It is said to “activate the body’s powers of resistance”, enabling the body to keep and restore good health.  Elderberry extract is supported by scientific studies in its effects against influenza through a heightened immune system response.

 

 Goldenseal: A Native American medicinal plant introduced to early settlers by Cherokee Indians was used as a wash for skin diseases, wounds and for sore, inflamed eyes.  Goldenseal has acquired a considerable reputation as a natural antibiotic and as a remedy for various gastric and genitourinary concerns.

 

 Garlic: Is rich in a variety of sulfur-containing compounds.  While these compounds are responsible for garlic’s pungent odor, they are also the source of many of its health-promoting effects. In addition to antifungal benefits, garlic is also reported to have antibacterial and antiviral effects.

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