7 Powerful Spices that Boost your Immune System
Regularly consuming these powerful spices that boost your immune system will help prevent diseases from harming your body.
And of course, these natural immune boosters won’t offer a miracle cure for anything. But they will assist in keeping your immune system strong and will do so without side-effects.
In addition to these spices that boost your immune system, there are many kinds of fruits and vegetables that also boost your immune system. You can read more information about them here:
From this list of spices that boost your immune system, cinnamon is one of the most powerful. This is because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial, anticarcinogenic, and antioxidant properties. In fact, cinnamon is one of the highest antioxidant value foods in the plant kingdom.
And because of its high concentration of antioxidants, regular consumption of cinnamon can help not only protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, but it will also help reduce inflammation which lowers your risk of developing cancer and other diseases.
Besides all these benefits, cinnamon also provides you with a good amount of manganese, fiber, calcium, and iron.
When used as a spice, cinnamon doesn’t cause any side effects. However, check with your doctor before taking it if you’re using medications for an immune system disorder. Consuming very high levels of cinnamon can cause liver toxicity so don’t take more than the recommended amount. And if you have cancer, are taking antibiotics, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before adding cinnamon to your diet.
*Note: It is important to make certain you’re consuming cinnamon and not cassia. Cassia is often sold as cinnamon. But because cassia is rich in an ingredient called coumarin, it can be toxic and create liver and kidney damages when taken constantly. To understand more about the difference and how to tell cinnamon and cassia apart, click here.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. As discussed above, antioxidants are compounds that have the ability to scavenge free radicals therefore, preventing damage and death to various cells in your body.
Besides this, ginger has been found to activate T-cells which are an important part of the immune system therefore, supporting your body’s natural defense against disease.
Ginger has also been shown to help with the fight against cancer. By reading this article: Ginger: a Natural Cancer-Fighter, you’ll be able to get more information on how ginger naturally helps fight cancer as well as see several studies proving this.
Unless your doctor advises, don’t take more than 4 grams of ginger per day. Pregnant women generally shouldn’t take more than 1 gram per day. Although side effects from ginger are rare, in high doses it may cause heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth/throat. Also, check with your doctor before consuming ginger if you’re taking blood-thinning medications (including aspirin) or have a bleeding disorder.
Garlic is considered a vegetable but is used widely as a spice in its dried, powder form. Garlic provides a triple threat against infections as it has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Because of its sulfur compounds, garlic stimulates the immune system and increases the immune system’s ability to kill cancer stem cells. It also has the potential to reduce tumor growth!
To read more information on how garlic prevents and fights cancer, read: Garlic, a Natural Way to Prevent and Fight Cancer.
And similar to ginger, garlic activates the virus-fighting T-cells in your bloodstream.
According to Dr. Mercola, “A single medium size clove or two is usually sufficient, and is well-tolerated by most people. The active ingredient, allicin, is destroyed within one hour of smashing the garlic, so garlic pills are virtually worthless.” 
The following doses are recommended by Drugs.com: “2 to 5 g of fresh raw garlic; 0.4 to 1.2 g of dried garlic powder; 2 to 5 mg garlic oil; 300 to 1,000 mg of garlic extract (as solid material). Other preparations should correspond to 4 to 12 mg of alliin or approximately 2 to 5 mg of allicin, an active constituent of garlic. However, dosage is complicated by the volatility and instability of important constituents in various products (eg, aged extracts, deodorized garlic, distilled oils). Administer garlic preparations with food to minimize GI upset. Because garlic is widely consumed, dosage will remain a matter of personal tolerance.” 
4) Black Pepper
In this study, it was found that black pepper “exerts immunomodulatory roles and antitumor activities”. This means that black pepper is a natural agent that can promote a healthy immune system.
In another study funded by the McCormick Science Institute, it was discovered that black pepper has a notable ability to enhance the function of the digestive tract. They also found that one compound, “piperine, was shown to have promise in treating the pigmentary skin disorder called vitiligo, and may also be toxic to the parasite that causes malaria.
Piperine increases the body’s ability to absorb betacarotenes, selenium and B-vitamins (which in black pepper means pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin), as well as other nutrients from food.” 
And another study showed that the growth of several bacteria types was inhibited when black pepper was introduced to it. The study concluded that black pepper may contain not only anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and fever-reducing actions, but immune system-enhancing properties as well.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and it has incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
“In fact, over 2,000 published studies have shown curcumin combats cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, pancreas and more. Many of these studies have shown curcumin actually stops cancer cells from dividing.
For a lot more information on curcumin, including how to include it in your diet, read this article: Curcumin and its Amazing Cancer Fighting Properties.
Cardamom, like black pepper, has been found to “exert immunomodulatory roles and antitumor activities,” meaning that cardamom promotes a healthy immune system. 
Green cardamom, which has a sweeter taste than black cardamom, is believed to have antioxidants which help the body’s cells fight back against damage caused by free radicals. The antioxidants, therefore, may help prevent heart disease and cancer. In fact, the results from this study suggest that “cardamom has the potential to become a pivotal chemopreventive agent against forestomach cancer.” 
Cardamom also has antimicrobial properties which help the body fight off certain bacteria and fungus.
Paprika has been found to help your body fight inflammation and disease in general. It may even aid in the treatment for autoimmune conditions and certain cancers.
Paprika is also rich in antioxidants including carotenoids which are a type of pigment found in many plants that serve the body as antioxidants. Carotenoids prevent damage from “oxidative stress (caused by an overabundance of free radicals in the body) and help the body fight disease.” 
Besides these benefits, paprika also helps keep your heart and cardiovascular system in good working order. This is due to the vitamin B6 content, which helps to heal damaged blood vessels as well as lower high blood pressure.
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