References

Turmeric

Curcumin is an active agent in turmeric. Studies show that turmeric has a direct impact on the immune system as it’s antiviral, antioxidant, antiinflammatory and also a potent immunomodulatory agent that helps with activation of T cells (important for immune response). 

Studies

"Spicing up" of the immune system by curcumin. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17211725

Curcumin and tumor immune-editing: resurrecting the immune system - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4603973/

Therapeutic effects of curcumin in inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases: A nature-made jack-of-all-trades? - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28059453

Marigold

Calendula is one of the oldest known medical herbs. Historically, it was popular in Europe as an immune booster. Studies show that Calendula exhibits antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. All important for boosting the immune system.

Studies:

A review on phytochemistry and ethnopharmacological aspects of genus Calendula - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841996/

Effects of drugs of plant origin on the development of the immune response - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22238748

Effects of lutein from marigold extract on immunity and growth of mammary tumors in mice. - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9042242

Cat’s claw

Cat's claw contains active ingredients that stimulate the body’s production of immune cells. Studies show that people who consumed cat's claw increased their number of white blood cells and thus boosting their immune system. Cat's claw is also antiinflammatory

Studies:

LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK548323/

Enhanced DNA repair, immune function and reduced toxicity of C-MED-100, a novel aqueous extract from Uncaria tomentosa. - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10687868

Persistent response to pneumococcal vaccine in individuals supplemented with a novel water soluble extract of Uncaria tomentosa, C-Med-100. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11515716

Burdock Root

Burdock root is a powerful herb, it helps regulate immune cell migration and activation and some animal studies show that burdock root helped tackle freely circulating viruses, or viruses outside the infected cells in mice. Thus showing it potential immune boosting effects.

Studies:

Effects of drugs of plant origin on the development of the immune response. - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22238748

Burdock root extracts limit quorum-sensing-controlled phenotypes and biofilm architecture in major urinary tract pathogens. - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25226848

Arctium lappa extract Suppresses Inflammation and Inhibits Melanoma Progression - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6789568/

Echinacea

Research shows that Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells. White blood cells fight infections and are a key component of the immune system. Echinacea is anti viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial, all very important for optimal immune function. 

Studies:

Echinacea intake induces an immune response through altered expression of leucocyte hsp70, increased white cell counts and improved erythrocyte antioxidant defences. - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15985050

Enhancement of innate and adaptive immune functions by multiple Echinacea species. - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17887935

Immune enhancing effects of Echinacea purpurea root extract by reducing regulatory T cell number and function. - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24868871

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