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Post here your suggestion for foods, herbs and natural substances which support the immune system.
This can include specific products.
I am posting things I have not necessarily tried myself but there are testimonials, etc.
I have not verified. Would like to try:
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RVB300 (Beta 1, 3-D Glucan Resveratrol mixture) supplements

A testimonial for beta glucan, in form of You tube video. 
 "Beta Glucan And The Immune System. My friend was cured (HEALED!!!) of 4th stage cancer and went back to work in just one month after taking beta glucan! I was healed of asthma, bronchitis, COPD, allergy systems, arthritis, lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels! Everyone needs BETA GLUCAN!
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Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka on Beta Glucan  1:14:55    894 views

https://youtu.be/gYyn4ycFvps

narrated by Mark Cochran
Published on Feb 5, 2015
http://youngevishop.com

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 03:36:24 AM »
Yowbarb Note:
This Life Extension article below lists the food sources of beta glucans, one of which is shiitake mushrooms. I got to thinking, how about kombucha - does it have this nutrient? It does. I will post about Kombucha, next.
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http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2009/12/the-immune-enhancing-benefits-of-beta-glucans/page-01

Superfoods

The Immune-Enhancing Benefits of Beta Glucans

When it comes to naturally boosting the immune system by optimizing its response to diseases and infections, beta glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy. But because the body doesn’t produce beta glucans naturally, the only way to get the compound is through outside sources—namely, baker’s yeast, shiitake mushrooms, and cereal grains, like barley, oats, rye, and wheat.

After a century and a half of research,1 studies have shown that beta glucans act as immunomodulator agents, meaning they trigger a cascade of events that help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient. Specifically, beta glucans stimulate the activity of macrophages, which are versatile immune cells that ingest and demolish invading pathogens and stimulate other immune cells to attack.2 Macrophages also release cytokines, chemicals that when secreted enable the immune cells to communicate with one another. In addition, beta glucans stimulate lethal white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumors or viruses, and release chemicals to destroy it.

Beta Glucans and Heart Health

No doubt you’ve heard about the heart health benefits associated with a diet that includes consuming oats. That’s partly because oats are good sources of the soluble fiber beta glucan. In a study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland, beta glucan was concentrated into an oat fiber extract so it could be easily incorporated into a typical diet. Male and female study participants with mildly high cholesterol were put on a maintenance diet for one week and then were given an oat fiber extract containing either 1% or 10% beta glucan. After five weeks of receiving the beta glucan extract, both groups showed a significant reduction of total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL).What’s more, total cholesterol levels were significantly lower in the group who received the higher beta glucan extract diet than in those on the low beta glucan diet.3

Mounting Support to Fight Cancer

With about 560,000 deaths from cancer each year,4 researchers have spent decades searching for substances with cancer-fighting properties. Lentinan, a type of beta glucan found in shiitake mushrooms, is believed to reduce tumor activity and lessen the side effects of cancer treatment.5 Researchers at Teikyo University’s Biotechnology Research Center in Kawasaki, Japan, showed that lentinan has anti-tumor properties, suppressing the formation and development of tumors.

Mounting Support to Fight Cancer

“Results of the clinical application of lentinan have proven prolongation of life span of the patients with advanced and recurrent stomach, colorectal, and breast cancer with only little toxic side effect,” wrote the study’s authors. It also appears that lentinan restores or boosts the responsiveness of cytokines, which interact with immune cells and regulate the response to the disease.6

In an earlier Japanese study, mice with tumors that received beta glucans, including lentinan, experienced a rapid decrease in the number of tumor cells as well as a notable increase in neutrophils in solid tumors.7 Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that destroys invaders—in this case, cancerous cells—by ingesting them and using chemicals to break them down. In fact, beta glucans have been used as an immunoadjuvant therapy (an immune system stimulant) for cancer since 1980, mostly in Japan.1

Helping the Body Conquer Infections

In addition to beta glucan’s assistance in the fight against cancer, studies show they also help the body do battle with bacteria resistant to antibiotic treatment and viruses that cause upper respiratory infections. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, researchers found that the compound enhances antibiotic efficacy in rats infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Rats with intra-abdominal sepsis due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria—namely, Escherichia coli or Staphylococcus aureus—were given a type of beta glucan (PGG glucan) that enhances the function of macrophages and neutrophils. Researchers looked at beta glucan’s ability to work in partnership with antibiotics to decrease mortality of the rats. “Results of these studies demonstrated that prophylaxis with PGG glucan in combination with antibiotics provided enhanced protection against lethal challenge with Escherichia coli or Staphylococcus aureus as compared with the use of antibiotics alone,” wrote the researchers.8

Further animal research highlights beta glucan’s impact on a form of Escherichia coli (ETEC), the culprit behind traveler’s diarrhea. Belgian scientists orally administered three different beta-glucans in pigs with an ETEC infection that had just been weaned. The study found that pigs fed for two weeks after weaning with the glucans were less susceptible to the infection (evidenced by a lower incidence of diarrhea) compared to the control group.

“This study showed that beta-glucans can protect against an ETEC infection,” concluded the researchers. “To our knowledge, this is the first in vivo study, in which the use of beta-glucans as feed ingredient for just-weaned piglets was tested for their protective effects against ETEC infection.”9

Helping the Body Conquer Infections

Beta glucans also appear to mitigate the symptoms of the common cold—or at least reduce the number of days people call in sick to work. The Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism examined beta glucans’ ability to mitigate upper respiratory infections in a single blind, randomized trial in 2008.

The scientists chose firefighters as their subjects since they are regularly bombarded with smoke and fumes as they battle blazes and are more susceptible to respiratory troubles as a result.

Researchers provided the group of firefighters with either a beta-glucan-containing supplement or a placebo and asked participants to write down any cold symptoms (runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, colored discharge) or flu symptoms (fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, chest discomfort, cough). Firefighters who recorded having these symptoms for two consecutive days were classified as having an upper respiratory tract infection.

Participants who consumed the supplement had fewer (23%) upper respiratory tract infections, compared to the group of firefighters taking a placebo. “The results are consistent with previous clinical research involving marathoners, individuals with high stress lifestyles and the general population,” wrote Brent C. Rudy, the director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism.10

Summary

Although there isn’t a single magic bullet when it comes to eliminating disease, scores of research shows that adding beta glucans to your daily diet—either in the form of supplements or foods that contain the compound—can play a significant role in helping your body fend off not only the common cold and respiratory infections but also more serious diseases, including cancer.

“Beta glucans have been used as an immunoadjuvant therapy (an immune system stimulant) for cancer since 1980, mostly in Japan.”

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Health Advisor at 1-866-864-3027.
 
References

1. J Immunotoxicol. 2008 Jan;5(1):47-57.
2. www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/immune/the_immune_system.pdf.
3. J Am Coll Nutr.1997 Feb;16(1):46-5.
4. www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED_2_1x_Cancer_Deaths_Drop_for_Second_Consecutive_Year.asp.
5. www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3X_Shiitake_Mushroom.asp?sitearea=ETO.
6. Dev Biol Stand. 1992;77:191-7.
7. Hum Cell. 1990 Jun;3(2):124-30.
8. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1996 Oct 25;797:285-7.
9. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2009 Mar 15;128(1-3):60-6.
10. http://www2.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/05-29-2008/0004822407&EDATE=.
 
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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 03:55:26 AM »
Here are links to two articles on kombucha.
Will be posting more later, today.


http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/kombucha.html   

http://www.chicagointernalcleansing.com/kombucha-a-mushroom-tea-with-a-taste-of-cider-and-a-power-to-heal/
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Excerpt from the Gaiaresearch article:


Kombucha is a fermented “live” beverage which by taste and consistency reminds of an interesting combination between a cider and champagne. However, behind the sourish bubbles, are hidden amazing healing qualities.

The starting product for this awesome mushroom tea is the shroom Medusomyces gisevii Lindau, which is formed by gelatine-like membrane in the shape of a flat disk. The mushroom lives in a solution of tea and sugar in which it constantly multiplies- that is why is known as “tea mushroom”. Kombucha is a true mini biochemical laboratory- the mushroom itself is constantly feeding and thus triggering various processes of fusion and fission which release numerous valuable substances with curative properties.

Content of the Kombucha tea:

Organic acids: Glucuronic acid, glycolic, lactic, acetic, malic, tannic, oxalic acid

Vitamins: vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), B6 ​​(pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid, vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

Enzymes: bromelain, papain

Beta-glucans

Historical summary of the Kombucha:
 First written proof of the kombucha dates back to 221 BC and the dynasty Cyn in the Chinese empire where the mushroom was called “medicine for immortality.” From there it spreads throughout the East, Pacific, India, Russia and Germany. In Russia, kombucha wins fame in the early XX century. Back then, because of the frequent cases of cancer, researchers noticed that in some areas of theUrals the morbidity is very low. Turned out that in those areas are inhabited by many centenarians who traditionally consume kombucha or as they call “tea kvass”. The Kombucha tea mushroom does not “arrive” in the United States until the early 90s and as usual, the pharmaceutical industry was not interested in exploring the healing properties of fungus that reproduces itself and from which everyone can produce gallons of tea at home.

However, in recent years Kombucha is spoken for as one of the most effective means of alternative medicine in combating serious immune disorders, cancers and even HIV.

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2015, 04:12:29 AM »
Just recently, I've been interested in the health benefits of what most people consider weeds in the yard.  I can't quote you anything right now because I'm in the middle of moving and my books are packed up.  But there are common yard weeds that are healthy for you.  Some have immune support even.  After I move, I'm going to start incorporating them into my diet, once I get my book back so I know which ones to pick!

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2015, 04:15:59 AM »
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/08/top-12-foods-for-healthy-immune-response.aspx

Top 12 Foods for Healthy Immune Response
December 08, 2009

By Dr. Mercola


The flu season is upon us.

Staying well while those around you sniffle and sneeze requires that you extract as much nutrition from your diet as you can, loading up on the foods that pack the biggest nutritional punch.

Avoiding processed foods, grains, and sugar will go a long way toward strengthening your immune system. However, you can do even more by selecting foods that are loaded with specific immune-boosting nutrients.

Eating a diet rich in the following foods will be far better for your health than loading up on handfuls of supplements, or worse yet, falling victim to vaccines that expose you to health risks far worse than influenza.

Below, I have outlined what I consider to be the absolute best foods you can eat to help protect yourself this season, although the list is certainly not exhaustive.
1.Unpasteurized Grass-Fed Organic Milk


Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains beneficial bacteria that prime your immune system and can reduce allergies. It is an outstanding source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, zinc, and enzymes. Raw organic milk is not associated with any of the health problems of pasteurized milk such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin rashes, diarrhea and cramps.

Raw milk also contains beneficial fats that will help your immune system.

Although raw milk availability is limited in the US depending on where you live, you can locate the source closest to you at RealMilk.com.

Whey Protein

Even if you don't have access to raw milk, you can use a high-quality whey protein that comes from grass-fed cows to receive much of the same health benefits

The protein in milk is whey protein. Whey is the liquid that separates from the curd during the production of cheese. When the liquid dries into powdered whey, the nutrients become concentrated, and it can be packaged and used in that form.

Whey protein can help you fight off colds and flu because it contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body's natural detoxification processes.

2.Fermented Foods


If you are serious about boosting your immunity, then adding traditionally fermented foods is essential.

One of the most healthful fermented foods is kefir. Kefir is an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food full of friendly microorganisms that balance your "inner ecosystem" and strengthen immunity.

Besides kefir, other good fermented foods include natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, yogurt (watch out for sugar), and olives.

Friendly bacteria have a powerful, beneficial effect on your gut's immune system, your first line of defense against pathogens, and aid in the production of antibodies

3.Raw Organic Eggs from Free-Range Chickens


Before you wrinkle up your nose, raw eggs are an inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. I am a proponent of raw eggs because they have been so helpful to my own health.

As long as you have a good source for fresh, organic raw eggs, you need not worry about salmonella. To find free-range pasture farms, try your local health food store, or go to http://www.eatwild.com or http://www.localharvest.org.

4.Grass-Fed Beef or Organ Meats


This recommendation is only valid if you are a protein or mixed nutritional type as carb types really should not be eating beef. Grass-fed beef comes from cows that eat what they were meant to eat—grasses, not corn or grains. This results in far greater health benefits for you and for the environment.1

Grass-fed beef is very high in vitamins A and E, omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, zinc, and CLA. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid) is three to five times higher in grass-fed animals than grain-fed animals and is an immune system enhancer.

Don't confuse "organic" with grass-fed, since many organically raised cows are still fed organic corn, which you don't want. However, most grass-fed cows are raised organically. And if you can find organic AND grass-fed, that's ideal.

5.Coconuts and Coconut Oil


Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the actual compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby's immunity

A great deal of research has been done establishing the ability of lauric acid to enhance immunity. This medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) actually disrupts the lipid membranes of offending organisms

When selecting coconuts and coconut oil, make sure you choose organic ones that are unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and are non-GMO.

6.Locally Grown Organic Vegetables Appropriate for Your Nutritional Type


When it comes to fighting off pathogens, you simply can't do any better than eating a variety of fresh, organic and preferably raw vegetables for the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes they contain. However , the amount and type of vegetables you should eat daily will depend on your nutritional type.

Make sure the veggies you choose are fresh. The nutrient value drops to practically zero once a fruit or vegetable is canned. For example, take a look at the ORAC value of peaches

ORAC Values

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, and an ORAC unit or ORAC "score" is a standardized method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements. The higher the ORAC score, the more effective a food is at neutralizing free radicals. The less free radicals you have, the healthier you will be.

Back to peaches

A raw, fresh peach has an ORAC score of 1,814. A can of peaches in heavy syrup has an ORAC score of 436, meaning that more than 75 percent of the antioxidants are lost in the canning process.

You can check the ORAC score for many different things at www.oracvalues.com. The higher the score, the better. Please be aware, though, that the total antioxidant capacity of a food alone does not determine its health benefit, which depends on how it is absorbed and utilized by your body. ORAC score is a useful guide, but it is only part of the picture.

7.Blueberries and Raspberries


Blueberries and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity (ORAC of 6,520) compared to other fruits and vegetables. Wild blueberries in particular are potent immune boosters. They contain powerful phytochemicals, such as anthocyanin, which is the pigment that gives blueberries their color. And they are lower in sugar than many other fruits.

8.Mushrooms


Mushrooms strengthen your immune system because they are rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, and other minerals.

Mushrooms make up a large part of the fabric of the earth. According to Paul Stamets, one of the world's leading authorities on the health benefits of mushrooms, one cubic inch of soil can contain eight miles of mycelium.2

Mushrooms also contain powerful compounds called beta-glucans, which have been long known for their immune enhancing properties. The beta-glucans in medicinal mushrooms (especially Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake) are notable for their ability to activate/modulate your immune system.

Beta-glucan 3 enhances immunity through a variety of mechanisms, many of which are similar to those of echinacea or astragalus root. For example, it binds to macrophages and other scavenger white blood cells, activating their anti-infection activities.4 Numerous studies support this.

9.Chlorella


As foods go, chlorella is nearly perfect.

Chlorella is a single-cell freshwater algae that acts as an efficient detoxification agent by binding to toxins, such as mercury, and carries them out of your system. It is the chlorophyll in chlorella that makes it so powerful. Chlorophyll helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood and promotes the growth and repair of your tissues.

For a full review of all the benefits of this superfood, go to my chlorella page.

10.Propolis


Propolis is a bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world, if not the broadest spectrum, according to master herbalist Donnie Yance. Propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important phenolic compounds that aid in immune response.

11.Teas


The two best types of tea for fending off microinvaders are Matcha green tea and tulsi tea.

Green Tea and Matcha

Matcha is the most nutrient-rich green tea and comes in the form of a stone-ground powder, completely unfermented. The best Matcha comes from Japan and has up to seventeen times the antioxidants of wild blueberries, and seven times more than dark chocolate.

Green teas are rich in polyphenols, in the form of natural chemicals called catechins. The most powerful catechin in tea is epigallocatechin (EGCG), which was found in one study to be 25 to 100 times more potent than antioxidant vitamins C and E. And  Matcha is more than 100 times as potent in EGCG as regular brewed green tea.

Tulsi

Tulsi tea, coming from the holy basil herb, has been used for thousands of years in the Ayurvedic medicine of India. Not only is this tea loaded with antioxidants, but it has multiple positive health benefits, including supporting your immune health, memory, heart health and vision.

12.Herbs and Spices


Herbs and spices are at the top of the list of high ORAC value foods on planet Earth.5 There are simply too many good ones to summarize here! So I will simply highlight a few that deserve special mention.

Garlic

Garlic, although not at the top of the ORAC chart (5,346), is incredibly beneficial to your immune system because it offers a triple-whammy: it's antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. You should be eating garlic every day. One of the best things about garlic is that bacteria, viruses, and yeast build up no resistance to it, unlike with synthetic antibiotics.

For optimal benefits, garlic should be fresh since the active ingredient is destroyed within one hour of smashing the garlic cloves. In other words, garlic capsules are basically useless.

Garlic contains allicin, a chemical that is anticarcinogenic. It also has been shown to lower LDL, lower total cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of blood clots and stroke, lower homocysteine, and even prevent insect bites --including mosquitoes and ticks.

Herbs and Spice and Everything Nice

Immunity from common infections involves not only preventing pathogens from taking hold, but also moderating your immune response to invading pathogens.

Complications arise when you experience an over-response to the infection, which is why H1N1 is taking its toll on healthy young adults. Their bodies are over responding -- something called a "cytokine storm." It's basically a severe inflammatory response.6

One wonderful thing about plants (and herbs especially) is that they don't all stimulate your immune system—some modulate it, or act as a buffer.

Here are some of the best herbs and spices for building a strong immune system that functions correctly:
◦Honeysuckle and chrysanthemum: good antivirals
◦Artemisia: antimalarial
◦Andrographis, aka "King of Bitters": antiviral, and helps modulate inflammatory response7
◦Licorice: buffers the inflammatory response by increasing steroid output by the adrenal glands; a good buffer if your immune system is over responding to the flu.
◦Turmeric : ORAC score of 159,277; general immune system booster due to its high antioxidant capacity, and an anticancer agent as well; turmeric is five to eight times stronger than vitamins C and E, and even strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical, which is considered by some to be the most reactive of all oxidants
◦Black Pepper: Increases the bioavailability of just about all other foods -- herbs and other things
◦Oregano : ORAC 13,970; active agent is rosmarinic acid, a strong antioxidant; one tablespoon of oregano has the antioxidant capacity of one medium apple
◦Cinnamon : ORAC 267,536; powerful antimicrobial agent—found to kill E. coli and many other bacteria; also has anti-inflammatory compounds
◦Cloves: THE BIG ORAC GRAND PRIZE WINNER AT 314,446, highest of all foods tested! Contains eugenol; its mild anesthetic benefits are useful for toothaches and sore throats; good anti-inflammatory8



Finally, I recently had a fascinating interview with herbalist Donnie Yance, who shared his basic remedy for flu, should you come down with one.

Make this special tea from a combination of herbs that synergistically cause your body to sweat -- which is very desirable if you want to eradicate a virus from your system. And then drink it hot and often:
•Elderflower (this has been used for hundreds of years for flu)
•Boneset (eupatorium)
•Yarrow
•Linden
•Peppermint
•Ginger

By incorporating some of these fantastic foods, you'll not only evade the circulating viruses but improve your overall health and longevity at the same time.

Yowbarb

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2015, 04:19:11 AM »
Just recently, I've been interested in the health benefits of what most people consider weeds in the yard.  I can't quote you anything right now because I'm in the middle of moving and my books are packed up.  But there are common yard weeds that are healthy for you.  Some have immune support even.  After I move, I'm going to start incorporating them into my diet, once I get my book back so I know which ones to pick!

So good to see your post, steedy and good luck with your move.
The only weed I know for sure is dandelion. I have picked some dandelion greens from my yard and had them in salads... As long as no one sprays weed killer on them they are a good food.  ;D
I love dandelion coffee (but never made that.) 
Well, let us know what you learned,
- Barb T
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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2015, 05:19:52 AM »
For years I thought coffee was "bad for me," but over the past decade I have changed my mind... I found that if I got a good quality coffee - and ground it myself, I felt much better and had fewer health crises and felt so much better.
I can see both sides of the debate...
This article presents the positive side of coffee drinking. It is known to boost the immune system.
...
http://www.livestrong.com/article/498028-does-coffee-help-boost-the-immune-system/

Last Updated: May 22, 2014 | By Joseph Ng

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2015, 07:11:04 PM »
For years I thought coffee was "bad for me," but over the past decade I have changed my mind... I found that if I got a good quality coffee - and ground it myself, I felt much better and had fewer health crises and felt so much better.
I can see both sides of the debate...
This article presents the positive side of coffee drinking. It is known to boost the immune system.
...
http://www.livestrong.com/article/498028-does-coffee-help-boost-the-immune-system/

Last Updated: May 22, 2014 | By Joseph Ng

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I read of some scientist or doctor of some kind who switched from buying packaged, ground coffee to purchasing whole coffee beans, then grinding them himself.   It seems he learned that he had developed an allergy to packaged coffee due to the fact that it is basically impossible to keep cockroaches from getting into ground coffee in a warehouse/storeroom, and his "allergy to coffee" was discovered to be an allergy to cockroaches.

When he switched to whole coffee beans, his allergy disappeared.

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2015, 07:18:05 PM »
Just recently, I've been interested in the health benefits of what most people consider weeds in the yard.  I can't quote you anything right now because I'm in the middle of moving and my books are packed up.  But there are common yard weeds that are healthy for you.  Some have immune support even.  After I move, I'm going to start incorporating them into my diet, once I get my book back so I know which ones to pick!
We have Lamb's Quarter all over our garden.  It is a spinach/beet/chard relative and very delicious.  You can steam it or boil it (only a couple of minutes) and add a dash of salt and tiny dollop of butter and oh me, oh my. 

Once it is in your garden it will want to invade every corner, and the way we handle it is to harvest the tops and store in fridge, unwashed for several weeks or longer sometimes.  Washing before refrigerating leads to faster rot.  After removing tops, the plant can then be uprooted and soil knocked from roots, and many plants piled on top of each other for a newly forming compost pile.

Be sure to leave a small clump of Lamb's Quarter to go to seed, and when seed is ripe, then uproot that bunch of plants and place them where you want next year's crop.  Still you will find lots of it in other places as well.  This is a welcome plant and a good source of magnesium, folic acid, calcium, and more.

If you want a picture, just let me know.

steedy

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2015, 04:13:58 AM »
I would appreciate a picture because all I can think of is the ornamental plant named Lamb's Ear. 

Yowbarb

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Re: Immune support - where to get it in foods, herbs and supplements
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2015, 01:11:59 PM »
For years I thought coffee was "bad for me," but over the past decade I have changed my mind... I found that if I got a good quality coffee - and ground it myself, I felt much better and had fewer health crises and felt so much better.
I can see both sides of the debate...
This article presents the positive side of coffee drinking. It is known to boost the immune system.
...
http://www.livestrong.com/article/498028-does-coffee-help-boost-the-immune-system/

Last Updated: May 22, 2014 | By Joseph Ng

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I read of some scientist or doctor of some kind who switched from buying packaged, ground coffee to purchasing whole coffee beans, then grinding them himself.   It seems he learned that he had developed an allergy to packaged coffee due to the fact that it is basically impossible to keep cockroaches from getting into ground coffee in a warehouse/storeroom, and his "allergy to coffee" was discovered to be an allergy to cockroaches.

When he switched to whole coffee beans, his allergy disappeared.
Wow! Now the pieces really do fit...!
Thanks for your contribution here.  :)

So here is a pic of the real stuff.  :)


 

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