Supplements for Your Immune System - specific supplements can make a huge difference in immune effectiveness. it takes time for herbal and nutraceutical remedies to work, so be patient - your patience will be rewarded, but not overnight.

a) Astragalus - Centuries of use in China and recent studies have shown astragalus can recharge the immune system.

b) Beta - glucan - Derived from mushrooms, oats, barley, and/or nutritional yeast, beta - glucan revs up white blood cells to fight off invading microbes. beta - glucan could be "the most important natural immunomodulator." A daily dose of 10 mg is recommend for adults. You can try shitake, maitake or other Asian mushrooms, but even the inexpensive and humble button mushroom is loaded with polysaccharides called beta glucans.

c) Echinacea. Studies have shown that echinacea enhances immunity while increasing the production of infection - fighting cells. Combine echinacea with astragalus to pump up immunity.

d) Probiotics - These beneficial bacteria enhance digestion, support healthy immunity, and can actually prevent disease - causing bacteria from gaining a foothold in our intestines. Look for a high - quality product containing at least 10 billion live bacteria or colony - forming units (CFU) . Please refrain from antibiotics (good bacteria killers) unless it's absolutely necessary. Eat probiotic foods, not only yogurt; they're also in kimchee, kombucha tea and natural pickled veggies. Fermenting your own vegetables is far more effective and affordable than buying probiotic supplements or other mass - marked products that only claim to boost your immunity.

e) Fire cider - base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers need to steep in a dark cupboard for a month to extract all the goodness from the ingredients. After it is done brewing, adding a tablespoon of this to your diet every day can help boost your immune system, stimulate digestion, and warm you up on cold days. Here’s the recipe to make it.

f) Vitamin C - Most experts agree that although vitamin C alone can't prevent us from getting the common cold, it can reduce the intensity of symptoms and length of time we are sick. Vitamin C is not stored in the body and needs to be replenished frequently. Eight to ten 1,000 mg (1 gram) doses taken daily are effective. it is totally safe, but it may cause diarrhea or upset stomach.

g) Oysters are the richest source of zinc, which is essential for immune cell function, and many studies have shown that even a mild deficiency depresses immunity. You can also get zinc from pumpkin seeds, which is the highest plant source of the mineral.

h) Eat healthy fats — Omega 3's & 6's help the immune system recognize what is self/non - self — key for controlling cancer, and they are needed by the immune system to manufacture prostaglandins, which kill germs and invaders. And be sure to keep your consumption of Omega 3's and 6's in balance.