Old routine, it’s the same every year. What you optimistically dismiss as a sniffle slowly develops into a suspicious cough. By the end of the week, you stink of menthol and you are shamelessly avoided by co-workers like the plague.Sounds familiar? Why not give yourself a leg up this cold/flu season, by improving your immune system before trouble hits. Let’s take a look at three antioxidant rich teas that can do exactly that. Your body and colleagues will appreciate that.
- Tea from Ashwagandha Root
You can make an energizing tea with ashwagandha root that can provide wonderful support to your immune system. When left unchecked, free radicals lower our system’s ability to fight infection and they harm our body. Rich with powerful antioxidants ashwagandha root tea protects our body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Studies also show that ashwagandha helps to boost white blood cell count which is key for opposing illness.
The best part is that ashwagandha root also aids in combating stress.
With some stress in our lives, we are pushing ourselves to complete last-minute tasks or creatively make clear ourselves out of an awkward situation. But excess stress compromises our immune system, which is an open door for illness. Ashwagandha root supports the immune system in a way that it regulates the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Keep reading if that’s not enough to relax you.
Research shows that an extract of ashwagandha root enhances the ability of immune cells-macrophages to destroy pathogens versus to the control group that did not receive ashwagandha root extract.
Here are directions how to make it:
- Bring to boil 8 ounces of water
- Add one teaspoon of dried ashwagandha root
- Simmer tea on low for 10 minutes
- Filter it and enjoy
- Next up is Rose Hip Tea
Rose hips are a powerful source of vitamin C. Studies show that with regularly consuming vitamin C the duration and frequency of the common cold can be reduced.
Rose hip tea also contains a powerful antioxidant vitamin A, which is known that protects cells and also helps to control immune responses. A key factor when it is about fighting viral and bacterial infections. You can find rose hips tea already pre-packaged.
- Add one teaspoon of dried rose hips to one cup of boiled water.
- Steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Filter it and sip to enjoy.
Thanks to its restorative health benefits ginseng has been used for thousands of years. Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng), as studies have shown, supports the immune system by increasing white blood cell count when the body needs to fight infections and disease. By strengthening the performance of immune cells like T cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, ginseng can help strengthen our immune system as a whole.
Ginseng also as an antioxidant neutralizes free radicals that like to swallow our healthy cells. It is available as a prepared tea. But, if you want here’s how you can make a soothing cup.
- With a vegetable peeler cut 1 tablespoon of thin slices fresh ginseng from the root.
- Steep in one cup of hot water (just under boiled) for 5 minutes.
- Filter it and enjoy.