There’s an awful lot of snot in the air right now! So many people have already succumbed to a heavy lurgy this season. Our immune systems have to work extra hard at this time of year, exposed to more bacteria and viruses than usual – then we go and clobber them still further by stuffing ourselves with not so saintly food and booze, and cooping ourselves up inside in bug-breeding central heating with relatives who descend at Christmas with their own special buggy ‘gifts’. So we’d say it’s essential to give yourself a natural immune boost to make sure you keep that snot at bay! We have a special herbal Immune Boost Mix that, for just £7.50 for 50ml, is a potent protection against colds, flu and any other infections and viruses that are doing the rounds.
Immune Boost Mix is a blend of astragalus+echinacea+elderberry
This herb is a no1 immune booster with a well-documented track record as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral powerhouse. It works by boosting interferon, a mechanism the body produces to signal that you have incoming bacteria or viruses that need to be treated as enemies, causing cells nearby to heighten their defences. Not only can echinacea help stop you getting colds and flu, it will also reduce their duration and severity. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of more than 1,000 adults, those given echinacea recovered from a cold in just two-thirds the time it took the placebo group.
This is a herb that the Chinese crumble into baby food to give their youngsters immune protection. It stimulates our white blood cell count (leukocytes), the body’s primary fighters involved in protecting us from infections and foreign invaders. It also acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory, and is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an adaptogen (to help the body ride the ups and downs of stressful lives).
Elderberry has a high antioxidant content, preventing the production of free radicals (damaged cells that have mutated from healthy ones, and have the potential to cascade around the body destroying healthy processes) by terminating the chain reaction that leads to the cell damage. It has been found to be especially beneficial for respiratory problems and flu.
Call in any time for a bottle of Immune Boost Mix, £7.50 for 50ml