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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Verenis Estrada, Sprouting Health and Wellness, Gresham Outlook Insider Health and Wellness Expert.

Dr. Verenis Estrada

As the fall is coming upon us, you might be looking for ways to boost your immune system. Medicinal foods and herbs such as seeds, berries, roots, leaves, barks, and flowers have increased one's immune system. In addition, plants rich in flavonoids, vitamin C, or carotenoids help enhance immune function, fight inflammation, and boost the lymphatic system. 

Let's look at three incredible foods and herbs that have been known to pack a powerful punch.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea).  Echinacea is an immune stimulant used for centuries in North America. This potent flower is used to alleviate symptoms of infection, support wound healing, reduce inflammation, support lymphatic health, and aids in detoxification. It comes in teas, capsules, pills, liquid extracts, and dry plant.

Garlic (Allium sativum).  Garlic may be the ultimate food as medicine attributing its effectiveness to more than 200 chemicals. In addition, it has antioxidant effects, supports the cardiovascular system, and is a potent antimicrobial that can help during a viral or bacterial infection. Though the most common form of consumption is raw or cooked, garlic can also be found in capsule and oil forms for medicinal purposes.

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra).  Elderberry has a history of preventing and helping reduce symptoms of influenza, colds, and sinusitis. It can also be effective in helping reduce the severity of upper respiratory symptoms. Unlike before, elderberry is found in just about any pharmacy, supermarket, or health store. You can find it in syrup, gummies, tea, and even in juice form.

Whether you are preparing to face cold and flu season or simply trying to stay healthy in general, it is crucial to keep your immune system in excellent working order to prevent and fight off sickness. It's important to note that you should consult an expert before using herbs to treat any condition. If you are experiencing any symptoms creating concern, reach out to Sprouting Health & Wellness.  

Sprouting Health and Wellness

1300 N.E. Linden Avenue, Unit 6

Gresham, OR 97030

971-358-1246

www.sproutinghealthandwellness.com

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