Plants for a Strong Immune System

Herb Companion Magazine.

Plants for a Strong Immune System

December/January 2012

By Jaclyn Chasse

Plants White Mortars And Pestles
Tasty culinary herbs such as thyme, oregano, garlic, chiles and shiitake mushrooms can help your body battle illness.
Photo by Thomas Gibson

Your immune system is amazing. When exposed to something that could potentially be harmful, it kicks into action, providing a defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Your strong immune system’s specialized cells, proteins, tissues, and organs constantly keep track of what is in your body and respond when needed.

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Your immune system is responsible for responding when you are exposed to viruses and bacteria, when you have a cut or a broken bone, or when your cells begin to change in an abnormal way, as in the early stages of cancer. It also plays the vital role of determining what tissues belong to your body and leaving them alone, and quickly recognizing and eliminating foreign proteins from a bacteria or virus. The immune system is also responsible for inflammation, the natural process that occurs in response to injury. Inflammation is incredibly important to initiate healing, but too much of it can be detrimental and is linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other illnesses. (Read more)

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