Ginger and Elderberry – The Little Known Immune Boosters
Keep your Immune System in Optimum Form
Vitamin C, especially in the form of anything orange-related, is often looked at as the be-all, end-all of encouraging a healthy immune system. But there are other players on the field as well, and science is finding that Ginger and Elderberry (also known as Sambucus) may play a vital role in keeping your immune system in tip-top shape year round.
Elderberry has been used for hundreds of years to treat colds, cases of flu and respiratory illnesses, helping the body to fight off viruses as well as reducing swelling in the sinuses to relieve pressure and congestion. It has the added benefit of increasing body temperature, which can potentially shorten the duration of the flu if taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.
Ginger is most commonly known for treating nausea, but it also features antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help your immune system defend your body against illnesses as well as help it fight off viruses and bacteria that make their way past the first line of defense. Studies have found that ginger prevents certain viruses from attaching to the upper respiratory tract cells, forcing them to begin producing antiviral proteins to kill off the invaders.
If this fails, ginger can also calm down the mucous membranes, reducing chest and nasal congestion. When it comes to bacteria, ginger kills off certain varieties that even standard antibiotics can’t touch, but only when combined with garlic and lime. So far, studies have found it effective against E. Coli in small studies, but more research is necessary to form a definitive answer.
Both of these ingredients, when taken regularly, can help you prevent illnesses before they start and shorten illnesses if they occur. And this is especially true when the two are combined with vitamin C and other immune boosting ingredients.