Health Benefit of Goldenseal Root
The primary benefit of goldenseal root is its overall effect on your immune system, and like echinacea, has become one of the most popular herbs in American today.
Goldenseal is a cure-all type of herb that strengthens the immune system, acts as an antibiotic, and may help prevent further symptoms from developing.
Like Echinacea, Astragalus and Garlic, Goldenseal stimulates the immune system function, and also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Not only does it increase the immune system's production of germ-fighting compounds, it can combat both bacteria and viruses directly.
Another Goldenseal benefit is that it contains powerful alkaloids like berberine and hydrastine that help build the immune system up.
It may be used to help reduce fevers, and relive congestion and excess mucous. It can also sooth irritated mucus membranes aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat.
Additional Goldenseal Benefits
Goldenseal root fights bacteria, making it useful for mild urinary tract infections (if you begin taking it early enough) and sinus infections.
It may also help soothe nausea and vomiting, by stimulating digestive secretions and working to destroy the bacteria that may be causing the symptoms.
Goldenseal may play a role in relieving the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, a disabling disorder that may be partially caused by a weakened immune system. It also helps to fight cold sores and shingles (both caused by the herpes virus).
Take goldenseal at the first sign of a respiratory problems, cold or the flu may prevent the illness from developing fully-or at least greatly minimize the symptoms-by enhancing the activity of virus-fighting white blood cells.
Use it for no more than a week or two at a time.
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