There are many significantly important functions of zinc in the body, including proper protein synthesis, promotion of a healthy immune system, healing of wounds, bone formation and required for the body to utilize vitamin E and vitamin A. Zinc is an essential mineral for our good health. Zinc has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of the common cold as well as reducing it's duration.
For centuries the Lakota Sioux Indians used Echinacea and would combine it with extracts of the Larch Tree. The Larch Tree is in the Pine family and possesses an inner bark that contains astringent and gently stimulating qualities. Traditionally it has been used to treat metabolic dysfunction, inflammation, diarrhea, rheumatism, bronchitis and asthma. Both Echinacea purpurea and Larch Tree Extract activate an important class of white blood cells known as natural killer (NK) cells which is a vital part of our immune system. Also recognized for it's support of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract, Larch Tree extract is now being used in the treatment of cancer.
Elderberry is one of the most effective herbs for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections and fever. In England it was known as "nature's medicine chest" and other primitive people groups recognized the many benefits of the cooked berries as well. Elderberry stimulates the immune system and has shown promising activity in clinical trials against viruses such as herpes simplex and HIV. Benefits of elderberry have been found to include health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, influenza, sinusitis, nasal congestion, fever and sore throat. A clinical trial of elderberry found that it cured 0% of flu infections within 72 hours when used properly.
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