Immune Boosting Plants

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Moringa, Perfect for Immunity

Moringa Oleifera or Malunggay is a tree that has a lot of unparalleled health benefits.  People use its leaves in a vegetable soup. It has a lot of essential nutrients.  Every part of the Moringa Oleifera tree is edible like roots, pods, seeds, flowers, fruits, and bark.  Asian countries depend on this immune-boosting plant because of the positive results they get.  Supports the heart, blood, liver, respiratory, skin, and digestive health. The leaves contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin C,  Iron,  Riboflavin or B2, Vitamin A, and Magnesium.  Also, it has QUERCETIN, an antioxidant compound that may help lower blood pressure, and the CHLOROGENIC acid compound which may help moderate blood sugar levels after meals.

Moringa’s Anti-Inflammatory Properties

According to a study, some women who took 1.5 tsp (7 grams) of moringa leaf powder daily for three months significantly increased blood antioxidants levels.  It is not a cure-all medicinal plant but can be an essential protective mechanism against inflammation.  Some inflammation has been linked to illnesses like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, etc.   Moringa Oleifera protects our body from inflammation.  Can also lower cholesterol levels, hence, has the potential to lower the risk of heart disease.  Some people use moringa powder by sprinkling on the salad or mix with vegetable smoothie just to experience the good health benefits from the plant.  In Asian countries, the leaves are used a lot as a vegetable cooked with meat.

Click here to learn more about Moringa Oleifera’s health benefits.

Testimonials from Users

“I have been mixing 1 tsp of the powder in a can of V-8 juice, using a blender, for three weeks. I am a 70-year-old male with some arthritis issues. After 3 weeks I was getting in and out of my car more frequently than usual. I noticed that in the process of getting up and down I did not suffer the pains in my knees and back that were a constant “companion” for such activity. Also, brain “fog” is gone. I can rapidly recall, names, places, and dates,  truly a miracle plant.”

“It took about a month of taking Moringa each day but now I very much notice that I have less mental fatigue, fewer headaches, and my spirit is much brighter!  I am hooked and Love it!!”

“I suffer from fibromyalgia, and a friend recommended taking moringa to help manage the pain.   The taste isn’t bad, and shouldn’t be a big deal if you’re used to ‘green’ things. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, (starting with half of a teaspoon) and I will say that I’ve noticed an increase in energy and mental clarity when I take it. It also seems to take the edge off of muscle pain.

Amazing Benefits of Ashitaba

Ashitaba or Angelica Keiskei Koidzmi is also an immune-boosting plant. Grows in Japan and other Asian countries.  There are people who grow Ashitaba in some parts of the U.S.  California is one.  Ashitaba has numerous benefits because of its massive collection of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, and E, calcium, potassium, melatonin, and chlorophyll.  In addition, ashitaba contains a variety of antioxidants called chalcones. This superfood is also known by the name: “tomorrow leaf.” The nickname comes from its incredible ability to grow back overnight when leaves are harvested for eating. Shoots of leaves pop out the following day. The plant’s ability to regenerate itself so quickly makes it clear that it has special health benefits. Ashitaba is an adaptogen plant, which means it protects every cell in our body from the evasive stresses of modern life.  Ashitaba supports the endocrine system. This is where our bodies determine if a stressor is a threat. It then helps us deal with physical and emotional stressors within our environment. Chronic stress negatively impacts our health in many different ways. Also comes in many forms like overwork, sleep deprivation, chemical toxins, depression and anxiety, illness, and drugs.  All stress we experience breaks down our body and causes aging. But the powerful compounds found in Ashitaba can minimize its effects and help us live longer happier lives.

Studies On The Health Benefits of Ashitaba

Ashitaba contains high levels of antioxidants, which combat cell-damaging free radicals.  The antioxidant properties have been shown to exhibit anti-cancer effects. They have a remarkable ability to suppress cell growth abnormalities. One study showed that two types of cancer cells experienced toxic effects when exposed to xanthoangelol. Xanthoangelol is a chalcone found in the stem of ashitaba.  It is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is a healing powerhouse antioxidant.   Anti-inflammatories prevent diseases such as joint arthritis.  Highly antibacterial with the ability to accelerate wound healing and prevent infection. The sap of the plant can be directly applied to a cut.  Excellent at treating cold and flu symptoms because of the anti-biotic/bacterial properties. In addition, it has anti-fungal properties. Also, ashitaba aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. A strong immune system is invaluable for anyone who wants to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Consuming ashitaba stimulates the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) because of its high levels of Vitamin B12. NGF is critical for the survival and maintenance of sympathetic and sensory neurons. Healthy neurons mean excellent cognitive function, thus supports our Central Nervous System which controls most functions of the body and mind.  Chalcones found in ashitaba have the ability to decrease and regulate blood pressure. It is an antithrombotic (anti-clotting agent), preventing painful and dangerous blood clots. Ashitaba can increase good cholesterol (HDL) and decrease triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL). Potassium, found in ashitaba, also helps heart muscle function.  Heart health is extremely important. Controlling your cholesterol decreases your risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.   Ashitaba enables the blood to release harmful toxins and allows the body to rejuvenate.  It prevents and combats anemia with its high levels of iron, calcium, and potassium.  B12 and chlorophyll contents found in ashitaba allow the blood to flow freely. Ashitaba also aids red blood cell and hemoglobin formation.  Ashitaba increases one’s energy and stimulates the metabolism, aiding greatly in weight loss. It also creates an alkaline pH in the body, which can help control appetite. Proteins found in ashitaba also help build muscle when exercising.  Ashitaba is also a diuretic, which allows the body to release excess water weight. Makes you feel better and have better digestion. It reduces stomach secretions, helping with symptoms of heartburn (GERD) and peptic ulcers.

High levels of B12 found in ashitaba prevent memory loss.  It increases concentration and attention. It increases your control over emotions. The brain is an energy-demanding organ. The blast of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in ashitaba helps fuel the brain. The many health benefits of ashitaba improve the body, allowing each organ to work better and better.  Click here to learn more about the amazing benefits of Ashitaba.

Consume Ashitaba daily to experience the maximum health benefits effect of the plant.  Boil ashitaba leaves and drink them like tea. Mix powder in a smoothie.  Chop up leaves and mix in a salad like spinach.  Mix puree ashitaba leaves with slices of ginger, 2 granny smith apples, 1 red apple, and 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar for a nutritious drink.  Stems and leaves cooked in a vegetable in a soup are delicious.

Olive Leaf Extract

People enjoy olives in the form of marinated, fermented or cooked with meat or mixed with salad.  Olive leaf extract has medicinal properties, which might be a surprise to some but it is an immune-boosting plant to think about.  The extract has 13 amazing health benefits. It’s the cure-all tonic. The Olive Leaf extract has the ability to treat Type 2 diabetes. It can help improve insulin secretion in cells. Reduces hyperglycemia, blood glucose plasma malondialdehyde, and other signs of oxidative stress which is an imbalance of free radicals that can harm the body. The Oleuropein, the polyphenol in Olive leaf extract has properties that can reduce bad cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent cancer, increase serum insulin, lower average blood sugar level, and help guard against cognitive decline.

Cardiovascular Benefits of Olive Leaf

According to a report, advocates of natural medicine give a high rating to the cardiovascular benefits of olive leaves have. Also, studies show the extract helps prevent blood pressure from reaching a dangerously high level. It also assists to keep the arteries free from plaque blockages. Furthermore, the olive leaf has properties that help prevent the oxidization of LDL cholesterol in the arteries. The use of olive leaves appears to lessen the chance of strokes and heart attacks.

The oleuropein compound protects our liver from developing fatty liver. Fights superbugs such as infections like MRSA, candida, shingles, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

The Olive Leaf extract can be used in the form of tea using dry leaves, powder form, or tincture for multiple purposes. Oleuropein is abundantly present in the leaves as well as in the olive fruit. Special processing techniques now allow for the extraction of a stable, standardized form of oleuropein.   To learn more about the Olive Leaf Extract, click here.

I hope these immune-boosting plant articles provided a good learning experience for you and will consider adding them to your daily diet using the powder form that is available on the market. I have been using the powder form of the plants and have been enjoying them.   Mix them in smoothies, juice, or sprinkle on salads, hot soup, or cooked vegetables.

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6 thoughts on “Immune Boosting Plants”

  1. Wow,I love how we learn something new everyday:) I have been performing lots of study into immune boosting plants and herbs after discovering how many can have powerful phytochemicals that do various things. I had seen a little information about Moringa, but Ashitaba and Olive Leaf Extract is totally new. 

    Thank you for this enlightening info:)

    All the best 

    Ropata

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    • Hi Ropata, thank you for your comments.  I imagine not a lot of people knows about Ashitaba and Olive Leaf Extract.  I have been using Ashitaba myself, plus some acquaintances I know of and use the plant as a vegetable.  It is actually a delicious kind of vegetable.  As for Olive Leaf Extract, I discovered it 2 months ago and very impressed with what I found on my research.  I started using it and also some family members.  I hope to publish results when available.

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  2. To me, moringa qualifies for praises because it is an awesome product that can surely work wonders. Moringa is really an immune boosting plant that can ve used for various things to cure in various ways. I like this a lot because I have made use of it for quite a lot of time and trust me, it can only get better in use. Thank you so much for sharing details on it and on other plants similar

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    • Hi Rodarrick, glad to know that you are familiar with Moringa and have used it yourself.  I do know a lot of people use it and people at Asian countries that grow the tree.  Thank you for your review.

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  3. Wow! Though I know of moringa but I have never heard of ashitaba but then, I must arrest that this is well convincing enough to make anyone search for what is ashitaba and what makes it unique. Great post. I like that it has anti-cancer effect and that is awesome to see from a plant. Maybe over the time, it can actually be made to do that if I know anyone in need of it. Thanks

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    • Very pleased to know that you know moringa. It has become a well known vegetable to have healing properties. I imagine that not a lot of people may have known ashitaba which originated from Japan. I use it myself by mixing it with granny smith apples and Italian parsley.  You will see helpful information on internet on ashitaba and olive leaf extract. I, myself, my husband, some members of my family and my husband started using Olive Leaf extract in the last 2 months and hoping to publish results.

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