Pain relieving plants and immunity boosters can lower inflammation, having an impact on both warding off diseases and decreasing pain
You’re likely familiar with the top-of-the-list herbal immunity boosters and pain killers, but what about pain relieving plants and the lesser-known substances that have a positive effect on immunity?
It is well-accepted that vitamin C and zinc can help bolster the immune system. And if you want to lower inflammation, garlic and curcumin are two top-of-the-list herbal immunity boosters. But what about all of the other natural substances and pain relieving plants that are known to have a positive effect on immunity and pain?
Here are five natural substances that, though backed by science, have managed to stay in the background, making them good considerations for patients looking to strengthen their immunity as much as they can and relieve inflammation and pain:
Astragalus — In addition to strengthening and regulating the immune system, some of the conditions astragalus can
potentially help relieve include upper respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Astragalus has a number of
health-increasing properties according to research, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antihyperglycemic action.
Berberine — A natural alkaloid derived from isoquinoline, berberine can be found in a number of plants. It helps
suppress the function of pro-inflammatory T helper cells, and like some other pain relieving plants can indirectly decreases inflammation in these same cells.
Citrus bioflavonoids — A study published in Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research suggests that following an epigenetic diet, which includes ingesting citrus bioflavonoids, may help boost immunity against COVID-19. The citrus bioflavonoids mentioned in this study include luteolin, hesperetin and hesperidin.
N-acetyl-L-cysteine — NAC is derived from the amino acid L-cysteine. Sometimes referred to by its shortened name of N-acetyl cysteine, NAC can be found in some over-the-counter immune-boosting supplements, primarily due to its antioxidant properties. It also promotes detoxification and stimulates glutathione biosynthesis.
Olive leaf extract — Many people cook with olive oil or add it to their salads as a way to incorporate healthy fats into their diet. Olive leaf extract appears to help improve health as well, albeit in a different way. One study stated that olive leaf extracts appear to have the ability to modify the human immune response and potentially reinforce anti-tumor activity.
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