Get the Immunity of Superman with this Essential Juice
After all these years when you’ve been told there’s nothing you can do about a cold but wait for a week or ten days, who would have thought that a cure might be a delicious fruit drink? This study seems to reveal exactly that.
Details of the Study
The study was conducted in Germany and involved 98 volunteers who had a cold that had come on in the previous 24 hours. Randomly-chosen subjects took a polyphenol-rich beverage made up of green tea, grape seed, grape-skin extract, and shiitake mushrooms twice a day while a control group took a control beverage two times a day for 10 days.
Those who took the polyphenol-rich beverage reported a significant decrease in symptoms. Some of these symptoms include a general unwell feeling, stuffy nose, sniffles, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, headache, joint aches, hoarseness, and cough. The control group showed less improvement. The researchers reported that the difference was “highly significant.”
Polyphenols and Antioxidants
Polyphenols are phytochemicals or a chemical compound that occurs naturally in plants. The use of the term is typically limited to those chemicals that might affect health. They have been used for remedies from the dawn of history. Hippocrates is said to have recommended willow tree leaves for fever. White willow tree bark does have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and is the source for what became aspirin.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, are being touted almost everywhere right now and a wide range of claims are being made for their efficacy. We see ads and TV commercials selling one or another form of antioxidant. They are, in fact, coming under extensive research simply because of the mounting evidence that they have the potential for significant health benefits.
Doctors are prescribing them for protection against such diseases as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Others are reporting that they have a potential for protecting against Alzheimer’s. More and more studies are being reported all the time about the power of various forms of antioxidants. We do know that they have the capability of mopping up free radicals, and the associated improved health that comes with it.
Researchers have reported, on the basis of several studies, that green tea and L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, have the power to increase T-cell function. T-cells are white blood cells, also called lymphocytes, which play a major role in immunity.
A compound in grapes, cyanidin 3-0-glucoside, works to inhibit COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. These target the enzyme that causes inflammation and pain. They work like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin but without the danger of peptic ulcerations.
This juice also contains vitamin C, which has been suggested to enhance immune function. The researchers have concluded that this particular beverage strengthens body defenses and the immune system. This, they say, can result in clinically-measurable effects for those with impaired immune defenses.