Are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent bacterial infections?

None which work. Many popular supplements claim to boost the immune system. However scientific testing does not show they they actually work in people eating balanced diet. Oddly enough, taking too much of some supplements can actually weaken the immune system (ex. Zinc) washing your hands, eating well, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep is the best way to boost your immune system.
Herbs for immunity. Your ability to fight off bacterial infection is the result of a complex immune system. It is very unlikely that supplementation with herbs could have much impact. The best way to prevent infections is with vaccinations and avoidance of exposures to infectious diseases through hygenic behaviors such as handwashing. Saline nasal washes may be beneficial. Probiotics are being studied currently.

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Does a really strong immune system prevent a stomach virus or bacterial infection such as salmonella, e. Coli, etc...?

It depends. Salmonella and e coli can devastate even the strongest individual. Symptoms from these infections depend on the how strong the exposure is to these organisms and the over all health of the patient. If the exposure is small enough then it is possible that no symptoms will occur. If the exposure is still small but the recipient is already weakened from something else then problems may occur. Read more...

Are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent parasitic infections?

Not proven effective. No herbal supplements have been proven effective in preventing infections. Staying healthy & happy, eating a balanced diet, and getting reasonable exercise, etc... May help keep one's immune system in top shape, to fight against viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Thoroughly cooking foods, drinking only safe water, preventing insect bites, and avoiding people infected with parasites will also help. Read more...
No magic pill. Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. Read more...

Are there herbal supplements that can prevent a bacterial infection?

Unfortunately, no. There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard & expensive to do). No supplement has been shown to prevent any particular infection. Read more...

Can I take herbal supplements that boost my immune system and a prevent mono infection?

Not proven effective. No herbal supplements have been proven effective in preventing mono, caused by the ebv virus. Once a person catches ebv, it seems to stay in one's body, and can re-activate to cause mono-like symptoms more than once. Staying healthy & happy, eating a balanced diet, and getting reasonable exercise, etc... May help keep one's immune system in top shape, to keep the ebv virus suppressed. Read more...
No magic pill. Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. Read more...

Can herbal supplements boost your immune system and help you fight off the bird flu easier?

Not proven effective. Herbal supplements are not proven effective in preventing bird flu or other infections. Staying healthy & happy, eating a balanced diet, and getting reasonable exercise, etc... May help keep one's immune system in top shape, to fight against viruses & bacteria. Some herbs, in certain concentrations, using some parts of the plants, prepared in a particular way, may help relieve some flu symptoms. Read more...
Yes. You don't need to be concerned about the bird flu, but rather the seasonal flu that we are susceptible to. Fish oil, vitamin b complex and vitamin d may all be helpful. Good dietary habits and exercise are most important for a healthy immune system. Read more...