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#1 of 6 Old 08-10-2002, 11:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What sorts of things are good for protecting the immune system against environmental toxins, specifically, poor air quality?
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well anything that fights free-radicals would be good, like garlic, vit. e, red clover. also astragalus root helps build your deep immune system, so would be good to do too....
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You can use herbs such as Astragalus, calendula, cleavers, dandelion, hyssop, oats, ribwort, yarrow, red clover, nettle, elder, burdock root, and echinacea which are all blood purifiers, and immune-enhancing herbs, shiitake mushrooms and garlic are wonderful as immuune enhancers. Green tea is also extremely beneficial. You can take anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, zinc, and vits E & C. I also believe CoQ10 is good. HTH! ~Holly
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Steph and bellasmum: Thank you, thank you, thank you.

What do you both think of super blue green algae? Is that what it's called?
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Lee-you're welcome!

As for spirulina, I love it! My dh hates it, but I guess it's an acquired taste. The nutritional properties are outstanding, it is an immediate food resource, is high in protein (60-70%), iron, amino acids, it protects the immune system, aids in lowering cholesterol, and helps in mineral absorption. just be sure to get a HIGH quality kind, I believe the bluer the better. There are a lot of poor quality spirulina products out there. I prefer the hawaiian spirulina, it is high quality (hence a bit more pricey),it tastes wonderful and you only have to use very little.
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Thanks, bellasmum, for the additional info on spirulina. I'm working on an herbal program from steph's and your info--we have such poor air quality here, it's frightening.
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