Four Benefits of Goldenseal Just in Time for Fall

Four Benefits of Goldenseal Just in Time for Fall by MISTY ANDERSON for Ready Nutrition

It is no surprise that people who have a low-functioning immune system or have nutrient deficiencies are more prone to catching viruses. Learn how goldenseal boosts the immune system, reduces sinus infections and allergies, soothes the gastrointestinal tract, and relieves inflammation and joint pain.

It is officially Fall 2021, and not only is Covid still here but so are all the other viruses that can attack the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. It is no surprise that people who have a low-functioning immune system or have nutrient deficiencies are more prone to catching viruses. When sleep disorders, gut issues, and emotional stress are added to the immune system, then there is a recipe for disaster or a larger chance to catch a virus. Multiple herbs and flowers can help alleviate colds and gastrointestinal symptoms, and a potent one is goldenseal.

Goldenseal is a perennial herb that is a part of the buttercup family. In the wild, it is located on the Northeastern side of the United States but is also found in Europe and Canada. It has a knotty, yellow root system that spreads via rhizomes and a purple stem. The Native Americans have used its leaves and flowers medicinally and culturally (to dye clothing) for thousands of years. It is comprised of many alkaloids, which are helpful for pain management and relaxing both the mind and the body; however, small amounts of powdered or concentrated root are necessary because it can impact the nervous system. Goldenseal is usually taken in capsule form because its taste is not palatable. It is available in salves, capsules, tinctures, and powder. Keep reading because at the end of this article, there is a recipe for a tincture and salve cream.

According to Jon Barron, goldenseal has been used to ease the following:

  • allergic rhinitis
  • laryngitis
  • hepatitis
  • cystitis
  • alcoholic liver disease
  • hemorrhoids
  • internal bleeding
  • eczema
  • ringworm
  • earaches
  • gum infections
  • sore throats

4 Ways Goldenseal Improves Health

This article focuses on how goldenseal boosts the immune system, reduces sinus infections and allergies, soothes the gastrointestinal tract, and relieves inflammation and joint pain.

  1. Boosts Immunity

As a supplement, goldenseal can boost respiratory and intestinal systems because of its antiviral properties. Jon Barron states that “goldenseal root is not only used to kill pathogenic infections, but it is a multipurpose herb that provides immune system support and cleanses vital organs. It contains an active compound – berberine – that can activate white blood cells to fight infection and strengthen the immune system.”

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