Coming down with the flu?

With the onslaught of swine flu throughout the global community, there is a new push towards acquiring and stockpiling drugs that can be used to treat potentially lethal strains of influenza.

According to medical science there is a pharmaceutical treatment option available called Tamiflu, that they say will treat swine flu.
But little do consumers know that there is a natural component within this mass-produced pharmaceutical. And what is this powerful ingredient? None other than the common herb star anise.
In fact, most people are unaware that over 40% of all pharmaceutical medications come from plant botanicals, including everything from common aspirin to powerful cancer-fighting medications such as tamoxifen.[1]

The Origins of Star Anise

Star anise, or Illicium verum, is a native plant of Asia, commonly used in traditional societies to spice food, reduce intestinal gas, aid in digestion and act as a powerful diuretic medicinal herb. It is also known to promote vitality and vigor in the human system, and is a common ingredient in the French liqueur Pernod. This fragrant, licorice-spiced plant is now playing a starring role in one of the most sought-after drugs on the planet: Tamiflu.

How Star Anise Oil Can Help

One of the best ways of preventing the flu is to keep your overall health at optimum levels, through a proper diet and regular exercise routine. Star anise, in its natural form, can help the body’s immune system fight off many strains of flu, as well as many other health challenges.
To help maintain your health at optimal levels you should take a high quality nutritional supplement in addition to a well balanced diet.

Use nutrition, hygiene in defense against the H1N1 swine flu:

Question: Is there a vitamin, mineral, herb, spice, food or drink that can help ward off swine flu or lessen its severity?

Answer: The H1N1 virus (the one that causes swine flu) is so new that there hasn’t been time to come up with specific nutrient recommendations yet. You should follow the same nutritional strategies you’d take to prevent and treat influenzas of any sort:

Keep your body functioning its best with a basic healthy eating plan — mostly fruits and vegetables, lean meat, nuts, 100 percent whole grains.

During flu season, highlight foods like apples, broccoli, tea and red onions. These are rich in a flavonoid called quercetin, which has been shown to keep immunity running high even when your body is tired.

Eat chicken soup, and take 500 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day; these help your immune system produce more disease-fighting cells to kill invading viruses.

However, the two most important things you can do to ward off the flu aren’t even related to what you eat or drink.

First, and most important, wash your hands. With soap and water. For 15 to 20 seconds. Let us repeat — if you shake hands, touch something, prepare food to eat, finish eating or if you have just flushed, hit the suds. Carry an alcohol-based sanitizer for situations where there is no soap and water.

Second, get a grip on stress. The more you’re stressed, the greater your risk of infections.