The secret weapon herbs to help banish bugs this flu season

With this year’s horror flu season not over yet, we’ve tracked down which superpower herbs can help boost your immunity to keep colds and flu at bay.

You’ll be surprised at which combination packs the biggest punch when it comes to winter wellness!

1. Andrographis

Known as the Indian echinacea, andrographis is a superstar herb when it comes to protecting health when cold and flu bugs abound.

A joint UK Chinese study published in PLoS One found this herb, long used in Eastern traditional medicine, acts as a natural immune-booster and can prevent the onset of a cold in healthy people.

If you’re already showing signs of the dreaded lurgy, researchers in Chile established in a study published in the journal Phytomedicine that taking an andrographis supplement the first two days after symptoms appear may help to reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms.


2. Echinacea

The darling of wellness warriors, echinacea – also known as purple coneflower – is one of the world’s most popular herbs and has been used by native Americans for centuries for various ailments.

Numerous studies have shown echinacea may help your immune system combat infections and viruses, which is why it’s used to prevent and treat colds.

One review of 14 studies by the University of Connecticut found taking this powerhouse herb could lower the risk of developing a cold by more than 50 per cent, as well as shortening its duration if you do fall victim.

3. Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that is good to our bodies in many ways.

It helps keep our immune system strong, assists in healing wounds and supports growth.

The good news too is that studies, including one from the University of Chicago and published in the Journal of Family Practice, show zinc can reduce the duration and severity of a cold if taken early on.

It’s thought the nutrient works by preventing the rhinovirus from multiplying in the nasal passages and throat and stopping it from lodging in your mucus membranes.


4. Turmeric

T is for terrific, and who hasn’t sat down to a turmeric latte or two when it’s cold and wet outdoors?

With its mellow flavour and bright colour, turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder and popular in meals from India to Nepal to southeast Asia.

In the last few years scientists at Punjab University in India have backed up what’s been believed for a long time – turmeric really does contain compounds with medicinal properties – the most important of which is a curcuminoid known as curcumin.

While a US study out of George Mason University showed the antiviral and antibacterial properties of turmeric can help you fight infection, its anti-inflammatory properties can also assist in relieving the symptoms of winter bugs.

Altogether now

What if you could take all of these super power herbs in one easy supplement?

Ethical Nutrients IMMUZORB Immune Defence contains both andrographis and echinacea, as well as zinc, turmeric and other herbs, to help fight seven symptoms of cold and flu – including runny nose, coughs, sore throat, headache, earache, fever and fatigue.

The Ethical Nutrients IMMUZORB range combines the benefits and knowledge of herbal medicine traditions and western science in a multi-action effort to help defend against winter bugs.

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health!

That’s why it’s important to look after yourself, especially during the long months of rain, hail, wind and fog. 

This post is brought to you by Ethical Nutrients IMMUZORB Immune Defence.

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