The health of all the parts of your body including your immune system is just as good as the support you give it.

You might be endowed with a strong immune system, but if you do not nurture it with proper nutrition and a healthy, stress-free lifestyle, it would surely lose its ability to defend you from disease-causing organisms.

Antibiotics can help to kill germs that cause diseases, but they can also destroy good bacteria that thrive in your stomach and they can hamper the normal functions of the immune system.

It is always good to strengthen the immune system in naturally, and one way to do it is to nourish it with natural herbs and spices that carry immunity-boosting properties.

Here are some of the herbs and spices that can effectively strengthen your immune system:

1. Echinacea

This immunity-boosting herb became popular for its ability to prevent and treat respiratory tract infections and common colds. You can enjoy drinking this herb as tea.

2. Ginseng

With its main active component known as ginsenosides, ginseng is a proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer herb which is also believed to possess immunity-boosting properties.

This herb has many varieties, but the most popular and most studied one is the Korean ginseng.

3. Garlic

Garlic is an aromatic spice which is used to treat various types of diseases.

It is loaded with substances that carry anti-microbial, cardiovascular and antineoplastic properties, according to a study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, U.S.A.

4. Bell pepper

Unlike the chili pepper, bell pepper has a sweet and crunchy taste.  It is not hot because it doesn’t contain capsaicin.

It is loaded with lycopene, a carotenoid which is found to prevent cancer.  It also contains beta-carotene and Zeaxanthin.  These are substances that help to promote eye health and prevent eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

5. Ginger

Ginger is a known anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, and blood clot and cholesterol reducing herb.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is a common spice that is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that helps to protect your body from the aging and degeneration.  It also carries anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and digestion-boosting properties.

Many herbalists believe that the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric can help to relieve arthritic pain.

7. Gingko Biloba

Bilobalides and ginkgolides are antioxidant compounds that you can obtain from ginkgo biloba leaves.  Antioxidants are popular for their big role in protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals.

A recent study also suggests that ginkgo has the ability to protect its test subjects from radiation poisoning.

8. Ganoderma

Ganorderma or reishi is a bitter mushroom which is popular in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its ability to boost the immune system, treat urinary tract infection and prevent cancer.

These are some of the common herbs and spices which are known to prevent and heal diseases and boost the immune system.

Ingesting them as food or tea can be a priceless yet cost effective way to longevity – especially if you strive to live an optimistic, healthy and stress-free life.