Zinc is an essential mineral that has been found to support immune health through a number of preclinical and clinical studies. Being classified as an 'essential mineral' means that we need it in our diets to stay healthy.
Zinc plays a role in many bodily functions including immunity, cell division, the reproductive system, and cognitive development. It is most commonly used to support immune health.
Andrographis is an herb with a demonstrated ability to reduce discomfort and symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (i.e., nasal discharge, cough, and expectoration, as well as fatigue, cough and throat symptoms). Part of the herb's impact on the respiratory tract is due to its immunostimulant activity--it stimulates an immune response. It is also known to be a “drying” herb in traditional medicine systems.
Butterbur helps with a healthy sinus response. In clinical studies, Butterbur has been shown to support healthy nasal pathways, as well as decrease nasal inflammation and congestion. It is most commonly used to support the body's response to seasonal allergies.
Tinospora has been shown in clinical studies to stimulate macrophages, which have been shown to support the immune system and the body's ability to respond to seasonal transitions. Tinospora has antioxidant effects, and has been shown to decrease sneezing, nasal discharge and an itching, stuffy nose. It is most commonly taken in a capsule, and acts as a go-to for many with sinus issues.
Spirulina is part of the blue-green algae family. The list of health benefits brought about by Spirulina long: it’s a great source of protein, an essential fatty acid, and contains various minerals: beta-carotene, and gamma linolenic acid. Spirulina is also used as an immune booster, and to improve kidney, and liver function.
When it comes to sinus health and things like seasonal allergies, Spirulina is an excellent source of antioxidants, and has inflammation fighting properties. It has has also been found to reduce nasal inflammation — which can minimize allergy symptoms.
Nettles have been found to contain antihistamines which are a critical defense against the body’s natural response to pollen and other allergens. Additionally, their high nutritional value is part of what has made them such a popular food source—Nettles are a great source of iron, calcium, Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, manganese, and carotenoids. Dried Nettle leaves are also sometimes used in teas for expectant or nursing mothers.
Elderberry is rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals and support the immune system. The body of clinical research on elderberries is growing and many studies point to the positive role that the herb plays in the improvement and reduction of cold and flu symptoms.
Turmeric is an herb that is used to support the immune and respiratory systems. Use of the herb dates all the way back to 2500 BCE. Most if it's health benefits can be traced to curcumin, one of the active compounds in turmeric that is both a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. There are over 12,500 peer-reviewed articles published that support the medicinal properties of turmeric, specifically calling out the healing effects curcumin has in the body.
Echinacea has been shown to stimulate macrophages (a type of white blood cell) and other cells of the innate immune system. Macrophages are important for immune support because they are part of the body's defense system, fighting against microbes in the body.
Ginger is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries to calm the digestive tract and support the immune system.
The most frequent use of ginger is for symptoms of upset stomach, occasional acid reflux and heartburn, general nausea and vomiting. Several controlled studies have reported that ginger is effective as an antiemetic—meaning it alleviates nausea.
Ginger has also been recommended as an expectorant (clearing mucus and often used to relieve coughs) and it is traditionally used in teas or soups to treat colds or bronchitis. When mixed with hot or cold water, it can exhibit its anti-inflammatory properties as well and help soothe your coughing and general inflammation.
Camu Camu is a fruit that is particularly rich in Vitamin C: a single serving delivers 3575% of daily value. Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger, and acts as a cofactor for a number of enzymes in the body that are responsible for maintaining immune health. Camu Camu’s collection of antioxidants helps the body maintain its defense against bacteria and viruses.