boost to your immune system.
Any exercise is a stress on your body. And to some extent, stress is a good thing. We respond to it by growing stronger.
However, a strenuous physical activity lead to a temporary impairment of your natural defenses. So if you are training hard often, a little help from nature is welcome. Needless to say, being sick prevents you from hitting the mats, which is a bummer.
Here are some supplements that I take daily. None of them is synthetic or man-made. I’ve used it for nearly 2 years and I have not a single episode of sore-throat, cold or flu during this time.
Ecchinacea. When I saw that studies have shown that echinacea can cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, I was sold. When you are starting to get sick, ecchinace can shorten the duration of a cold by an average of 1.4 days. Not bad either. The extract has a variety of chemicals that are directly antimicrobial, while others may work at stimulating or your immune system.
Pau d’arco (Tabebuia Avellanedae). The inner bark of this South American tree has been used since forever by indigenous tribes. The Pau d’Arco bark has different compounds such as lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. You can have it as a tea, but I find pills a lot more convenient.
Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa). Similar to Pau d’arco, the inner bark of this woody vine found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America has medicinal properties. It contains alkaloids, tannins and other phytochemicals that can strengthen your immune system.
I take them every night, after i come back from training. There are plenty of other supplements that claim to boost your immune system. The aforementioned worked for me so I stuck with them. If you have any other that works for you, please share with us!