Best Immune Boosting Supplements to Fight Infections

Have you ever noticed that some people never seem to get sick? Or if they do, it comes and goes quickly. Thanks to their strong immune systems, germs seem to bounce right off of them.

Do you wish you could say the same for yourself? By using the best immune boosting supplements, you can fortify your body's infection-fighting abilities.

What Is an Immune Booster, and Why Should You Take One?

Some of the best things that you can do for your body are to eat right, manage stress, exercise and get plenty of rest. Taking care of your body in these ways helps your immune system work at its best and naturally resist infections and fight off illnesses.

But what if that's not enough? Is there anything else that you can do to strengthen your immune system? Natural supplements may give your body the fortification that it needs to help you stay healthy.

Immune boosters are any supplements that aid your immune system and I like to divide them into two different categories. Some are supplements that help prevent us from getting an infection and others are supplements that we should take once an infection takes hold.

How Do Immune Boosters Work?

Some supplements, such as vitamins, provide essential nutrients that your body needs in order for all systems, including the immune system, to run effectively.

Other supplements ease the effects of stress. The immune system is hampered when the body is under stress. The over-release of cortisol when we are stressed will inhibit the normal function of the immune system. When you mitigate these immune-dampening effects of stress through supplementation and other natural methods, your body’s immune system is prepared to fight off illness.

Some herbs have an immune stimulating effect that helps the body to ramp-up its own natural immune response to the outside invaders such as viruses and bacteria.

You can also help by taking immune boosters that have antimicrobial properties. Herbs and other supplements can be antibacterial, antifungal or antiviral. Their ability to weaken these microbes makes it easier for your immune system to clear them from your body.

Finally, there are immune boosters that tame inflammation, which is a major cause of health problems throughout the body, especially in times of acute illness. Supplements that cool inflamed tissue can soothe pain and irritation to help you feel better faster, while helping to resolve the swollen weakened tissues that set up a breeding ground for the viruses and bacterias.

Many have a combination of these qualities. The bottom line, they can help you ward off illnesses or recover more quickly when you do get sick.

What Type of Supplements Can You Use?

Herbs

Herbs are botanical products. They are made by using parts of plants, such as stems, roots, leaves or flowers.

Many herbs are renowned for their ability to strengthen or stimulate the immune system, their antimicrobial properties, anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to ward off illness or recover from an infection. Some of the best immune boosting supplements include these herbs:

  • Ashwagandha- One of the best stress modulating and adrenal tonic herbs. This adaptogenic herb will help to decrease the negative effects of stress on the immune system.
  • Rhodiola- another excellent adaptogen for reducing the negative effects of stress on the immune system.
  • Astragalus- One of the best prevention herbs as it acts as an immune system remodulator- helping the body build and strengthening its own immune system. It will boost a healthy immune system or help rebuild a depleted one.
  • Eleutherococcus- also a powerful immune system remodulator.
  • Echinacea - When you feel a respiratory infection setting in, start taking echinacea right away to ease symptoms and speed up recovery. Echinacea is immune stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial in nature.
  • Osha - With osha, you can help reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and fight the microbial invaders, helping to relieve the symptoms of a cold or the flu.
  • Wild Indigo - This plant has compounds which seem to boost immune system function. Because of its antibacterial properties, it is used to treat infections.
  • Golden Seal - Watch the video "Goldenseal Uses" to learn about this popular herb. One of the best for fighting infection.
  • Yarrow - This herbs is a traditional diaphoretic that help promote sweating during a cold or flu, or help to break a fever, while aiding the skin in the elimination of toxins.
  • Larch tree- larch arabinogalactan, boosts the immune system by helping to restore the gut bacteria where the body launches part of its immune response.
  • St. John's Wort - This herb is used as an antiviral and an anti-inflammatory.

Vitamins

Vitamins A and D are both critical for your immune system to function properly. Unfortunately, most American diets do not supply adequate amounts for robust immune function, so reaching therapeutic levels for most people means supplementation.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

The health of your digestive system plays a large role in how well your immune system works. Probiotics increase the number of good bacteria in your system; these are essential for proper gut health and proper immune function

Prebiotics partner with probiotics. They are soluble fibers, and without them, probiotics can't work effectively. For maximum GI health--and immune system strength--take both prebiotics and probiotics.

What Are Some of the Best Immune Boosting Supplements?

Use these products for Prevention:

StressLess / Adrenal Herbal Formula

This herbal formula helps the body to adapt to stress in a healthy manner, supporting the adrenals and decreasing the negative effects of stress on the body, including the immune depressing effect of stress. Stress plays a major role in many dis-ease processes, mainly because of its devastating effect on the immune system. This formula contains rhodiola, maca, eleutherococcus, licorice, panax ginseng, sage, burdock, butcher’s broom.

Ashwagandha single herb liquid and capsules

Ashwagandha is an excellent adaptogen and stress modulator and works very well with Stress Less / Adrenal Herbal Formula.

Immune Enhancement Herbal Formula

This formula is designed to support and strengthen your immune system so that it can do its job of responding to the virus or bacteria and stop their spread in your body, thereby preventing acute infection.

Immune Enhancement contains the immune system remodulator astragalus and eleutherococcus along with schizandra, usnea and myrrh.

Many people report that they got the flu every year and that once they started using this herbal formula as a preventative measure they quit getting the flu.

Larix

  • This supplement is larch arabinogalactan, a prebiotic that is obtained from the larch tree. Researchers believe that this prebiotic has immune boosting effects.
  • Research also indicates that larch arabinogalactan may provide protection against liver cancer and that it can lower cholesterol levels.
  • Can be used alone but is more effective when taken with a probiotic.
  • Larix is best taken in conjunction with a probiotic supplement, especially if you have had anti-biotics in the past year or two. The helpful GI bacteria in probiotics feed on prebiotics.
  • Larch arabinogalactan may cause gas and bloating.

Vitamin D

  • According to the findings from a 2010 study, vitamin D is a highly effective way to avoid influenza. Most people are also deficient in Vitamin D.
  • In fact, children taking low doses of Vitamin D3 were shown to be 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu.
  • Dr. John Cannell stated that vitamin D deficiency may actually be an underlying CAUSE of influenza. His hypothesis1 was initially published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006.2 It was subsequently followed up with another study published in the Virology Journal in 2008.3
  • Researchers believe vitamin D offers protection by increasing antimicrobial peptides in your lungs, and that "[t]his may be one reason why colds and flus are most common in the winter, when sunlight exposure (and therefore the body's natural vitamin D production) is at its lowest …"8
  • The capsules are convenient for taking at home or on the go, but they also are available in liquid form for children (or adults) who do not like to swallow a capsule.

Use these products for fighting infections once they take hold:

GoldenBiotic Herbal Formula

  • This formula contains several of the most important herbs for immune support and antimicrobial activity: echinacea, osha, wild indigo and goldenseal.
  • You can choose between the alcohol based tincture and GoldenBiotic Glycerite which uses glycerin instead of alcohol in the formula.
  • This formula is also available as a capsule.
  • GoldenBiotic is recommended more for fighting bacterial infections but is also effective for viral ones. However, if you are not sure whether you are dealing with a bacterial or viral illness, taking this supplement is a great place to start your treatment. This is a must to have on hand so that you can begin dosing as soon as you feel any initial symptoms of getting sick.

Anti-Viral Herbal Formula

  • This formula contains a combination of the top immune boosting herbs: echinacea, St. John's wort and osha, poke, lomatium and pau d'arco.
  • It is available as a liquid or in capsule form.
  • It is especially effective for combating viral infections, such as flu. Other conditions that this blend may help are Epstein-Barr virus, herpes and condyloma.

Lauricidin

  • This supplement is made from monolaurin, which is produced from coconut fat. Monolaurin is antibacterial and antiviral. In fact, researchers hope that they may be able to use monolaurin as the basis for new types of medication.
  • Children as young as three years old can take this supplement.
  • Although you can get lauric acid from coconut oil, and your body will convert it to monolaurin, that is probably insufficient for receiving a therapeutic dose. Therefore, taking this supplement is the best way to get enough monolaurin.
  • Lauridicin has a strong taste. However, a scoop of the small granules can be swallowed down with water or juice like you would a capsule or tablet.

Vitamin A

  • Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins for immunity, but many people are deficient in it. Some scientific studies have demonstrated that supplementing with vitamin A can strengthen the immune system. Together with vitamin D, vitamin A helps the immune system carry out critical processes.
  • Vitamin A can be taken in standard doses for everyday immune boosting, and also be taken at high doses to fight an infection. (high doses of vitamin A may be toxic if vitamin D levels are deficient, so take your Vitamin D along with the higher doses of A)
  • The capsules are convenient for taking at home or on the go, but they also are available in liquid form for children (or adults) who do not like to swallow a capsule.

What Is the Best Immune Support Protocol?

  1. Your best bet is to use the prevention tools, Vitamin D, probiotics, Immune Enhancement Herbal Formula and /or StressLess Adrenal Herbal Formula throughout the year, especially at the change of seasons, and upping your dose at flu time.
  2. Have GoldenBiotic on hand in case you start to get sick, begin dosing this herbal immediately and start taking or increase your doses of Vitamin A. This may knock the infection out.
  3. If the infection still seems to be getting a foothold, add Lauracidin, Larix and if you believe you have the flu, consider adding Anti-Viral Herbal Formula to the protocol.

If you can only add limited immune boosting supplements to your home, my advice is to include herbal formulas that contains multiple ingredients and are the best bang for your buck. Such blends can offer immune system fortification on multiple fronts.

My first choices are Immune Enhancement, GoldenBiotic, and Vitamin A and D. This gives you both the prevention of immune strengthening with Immune Enhancement and Vitamin D and the ability to fight the infection with GoldenBiotic and Vitamin A.