Defending Yourself During the Cold and Flu Season
During winter months when lack of sunlight leaves many of us deficient in vitamin D and when cold stresses the body and depletes its energy resources, people are more susceptible to disease. During this season when colds and flu are going around, taking something that helps to boost your immune system can help you stay healthy.
Seasonal Defense is designed to support the immune system and help the body defend itself from infection. Its antibacterial, decongestant, antihistamine, anti-allergenic and antifungal properties assist the body in defending against seasonal changes, boosting the immune system, and helping support mucous membrane health. It also helps decongest the sinuses, reduce sinus inflammation, combat allergic responses and fight respiratory infections.
Seasonal Defense contains the key herb Andrographis. This herb has been used for centuries by many cultures. It is used widely in Ayurvedic medicine and is considered a “cold property” herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It is used to rid the body of “heat” and dispel toxins. Andrographis supports the immune system by promoting both specific and non-specific immune response functions.
The ingredients in this formula are as follows:
Andrographis paniculata whole plant extract
Known as the “King of Bitters,” Andrographis paniculata has been valued for centuries for its medicinal benefits. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the andrographolides in andrographis give it potent anti-inflammatory and antimalarial properties. It also has antimicrobial properties, enabling it to fight off and prevent infections from harmful microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Andrographis boosts the immune system by stimulating the body’s production of antibodies and macrophages. In addition, andrographis is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage to your cells and DNA.
The phytochemicals in thyme leaves appear to relax the bronchial tubes and digestive tract, making it helpful for reducing lung congestion and relieving indigestion. In clinical research, oil of thyme also demonstrated antibacterial and antioxidant activity. Thyme leaves also contain thymol, which is an antiseptic that reduces inflammation and speeds wound healing.
Bitter Orange fruit
Seasonal illnesses are often exacerbated by digestive problems, anxiety, depression and fungal infection. Bitter Orange has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat these ailments as well as colds, nasal congestion, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches, insomnia and muscle pain. Bitter orange also has antifungal properties that help the body to purge infection from the sinuses and other areas.
Also known as Siberian ginseng, Eleuthero root contains eleutherosides and polysacchardies shown to boost the effectiveness of your immune system. As an adaptogen Eleuthero is used to treat colds and influenza, while offering general immune system support. Siberian ginseng may also lower your blood sugar levels.
Oregano leaves have been used to treat respiratory and digestive problems. Research indicates that the oil in oregano leaves has antibacterial properties and may be effective against the antibiotic-resistant super-bug MRSA. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of oregano give it the ability to treat sinus disorders caused by fungi and bacteria. Oregano’s germicide properties may help destroy mold fungus infestations and combat Candida albicans, which is a factor in sepsis of the kidneys, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and gastritis.
Take 1 capsule with a meal three times daily. Seasonal Defense
Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Products, Tree of Light Publishing
University of West England, Bristol
Consumer Health Organization of Canada