For thousands of years, people have believed in the healing and soothing powers of teas made with natural herbs and spices.
And today, thanks to modern science, we are actually finding out that different varieties of this popular beverage do, in fact, have proven natural medicinal and healing properties.
If you’re looking for a way to help keep yourself healthy this winter, I suggest you try the following 3 teas that have been scientifically proven to help boost your immune system.
Give them a try…
Chamomile herbal tea is an earthy-tasting tea that contains hints of apple and floral sweetness. It’s not super pungent, so it’s a tea that many people–even if they aren’t tea drinkers–would enjoy.
Most commonly, chamomile tea is known for its ability to help people relax and feel sleepy before bed. But recently, more and more people have been using it as a way to boost their immune system. Here’s why…
It’s been scientifically proven that chemical compounds in chamomile can increase your body’s production of macrophages and B-lymphocytes. In simple terms, these are white blood cells that destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Green tea has a very earthy, leafy green flavor. Some people describe it as tasting like sweet lettuce or spinach.
If you’re not a fan of leafy green flavors, not to worry. You can easily alter the taste by adding lemon or mint into your drink.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which is why many people drink this beverage on a regular basis. However, this tea has also been proven to help boost people’s immunity.
The secret behind green tea’s immune-boosting properties lies in an amino acid, L-theanine, that is found in this beverage. This amino acid has been shown to consistently strengthen our immunity, help us fight off infections, and enable us to increase the capacity of gamma delta T cells, the body’s first line of defense against infection.
Echinacea Root Tea
Echinacea tea is made from the leaves or roots of plants in the Echinacea genus family. The most commonly used are Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallida.
This tea has a soft, floral taste with a hint of pine.
Research shows that this particular tea might help stimulate white blood cell production so the body can more easily fight infections and dangerous organisms.
Clearly, drinking a cup of tea each day is a great natural way to help boost your immune system and keep you healthy.
However, there are many factors that impact your immune strength such as diet and gut health. And drinking tea isn’t a cure-all for improving your health and getting rid of sickness.
If you become ill or notice you’re becoming sick on a more frequent basis, I urge you to schedule a visit with your primary doctor as there might be underlying health issues that need to be addressed.
Looking for some more natural ways to help boost your immunity? Check out this blog on natural immune system support.