Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Andrographis--Immune Boosting Supplement

Andrographis ("Indian Echinacea") is problably something that none of you have ever heard of before; however, it has some amazing health benefits. After reading up on the health benefits, you will want to keep some on hand at all times!

Andrographis is mainly used for colds and/or the flu because it is an immune booster. Although these are the most common reasons to use andrographis there are a few others to consider: 1) treat HIV/AIDS and cancer, 2) cardiovascular disease, 3) diabetes, 4) upper respiratory infections, and 5) inflammation.

[Wikipedia] According to the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine, "A specific product (andrographis combined withEleutherococcus senticosus) may shorten the duration and lessen the symptoms of common cold."[5] It also says, "Pregnant women shouldn't use andrographis because it could terminate pregnancy."[5]
In one Chilean study from 1999, the herb had a significant drying effect on the nasal secretions of cold sufferers who took 1,200 milligrams of andrographis extract daily for five days.[6] A 2012 study suggested that Andrographis paniculata extracts may have the potential to be used as a mosquito repellant.[7] A 2006 study reported that extracts of Andrographis exhibited potent anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant actions in mice.[8]
[XtendLife]  Andrographis has been used for the common cold because it may have immunostimulant properties. There is preliminary evidence that it might increase antibody activity and phagocytosis by macrophages. (Clinical Study links at bottom of Xtendlife website)

HOW MUCH TO TAKE:
(*consult your doctor beforehand) The minute you feel a cold coming on, take two capsules (1200 mg) to help get rid of it, or at best, reduce your cold and flu symptoms.

To BOOST your IMMUNE SYSYEM take a week or so before heading out of town or getting on an airplane!

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