Updated: 6 days ago
This is for those who bought Super Superfood Greens and a still have some in their cupboards. We think it is time to get them back out for consumption.
You will not know this, but back in 2018 time was devoted to finding what herbs and spices could help the body inhibit viral attacks. We were then reevaluating which herbs to include in which blend of Himalayan Long Life Botanicals. The below herbs constitute slightly more than 80% of Super Superfood Greens by weight.
At first we wanted the herbs to help a person's memory. Then we wanted herbs that could help the body inhibit viral attack. So here is the raw information reassembled. They constitute about
In the below article in Frontiers in Microbiology, Anti-infective Properties of the Golden Spice Curcumin, the five scientists and doctors contributing to the article cite very clearly that curcumin - turmeric - is active against many viruses that attack the body. They state the following:
The search for novel anti-infectives is one of the most important challenges in natural product research, as diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi are influencing the human society all over the world. Natural compounds are a continuing source of novel anti-infectives. Accordingly, curcumin, has been used for centuries in Asian traditional medicine to treat various disorders. Numerous studies have shown that curcumin possesses a wide spectrum of biological and pharmacological properties, acting, for example, as anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic and anti-neoplastic, while no toxicity is associated with the compound. Recently, curcumin’s antiviral and antibacterial activity was investigated, and it was shown to act against various important human pathogens like the influenza virus, hepatitis C virus, HIV and strains of Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Pseudomonas. Despite the potency, curcumin has not yet been approved as a therapeutic antiviral agent. This review summarizes the current knowledge and future perspectives of the antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal effects of curcumin.
We suggest our readers read or browse the article. Should you also wish, you can also browse their 178 references.
In summary the above long article goes over how curcumin is an active inhibitor of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV 1 and HIV 2), Hepatitis Viruses, Influenza A Virus, Herpesviruses, Human Papillomavirus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Noroviruses, and Arboviruses.
Turmeric is in all three Himalayan Long Life Botanicals Super Superfoods.
In Nepal, it is not unusual to see people affected with a common cold (a retro virus and sometimes a corona virus) drinking warm water mixed with tumeric.
Here is an interesting article by a scientist in Israel researching how cinnamon played a role in inhibiting viruses.
Key to cinnamon anti-viral extract found in the Bible, says Israeli researcher
Below is a US patent. The patent nominates cinnamon as an anti virus, along with using their special way to get the ingredients out from the cinnamon. Further below is the Abstract quote from the patent. Then there is the summary.
Antiviral preparations obtained from a natural cinnamon extract
The present application provides a natural aqueous extract obtainable from a cinnamon bark (Cinnamon sp.) which has antiviral activity against enveloped viruses including influenza A, Parainfluenza (Sendai) virus and HSV-1 viruses, as well as in vivo activity in inhibition of Influenza A and Parainfluenza viruses. The present application also concerns a method for the extraction of said cinnamon extract and applications thereof.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION 
The present invention is based on the surprising finding that a natural aqueous extract from a cinnamon bark (Cinnamon sp.) has antiviral activity against enveloped viruses including influenza A, Parainfluenza (Sendai) virus and HSV-1 viruses, as well as in vivo activity in inhibition of Influenza A and Parainfluenza viruses in mice.
There we have it.
Here is another excellent cinnamon reference:
Cinnamon and its derivatives as potential ingredient in functional food—A review
Cinnamon has been reported to have significant benefits for human health, particularly as an anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anticancer, antidiabetic, and anti-hypertriglyceridemia agent, mainly due to its phytochemical constituents such as phenolic and volatile compounds. The phytochemicals in cinnamon can be extracted from different parts of plant by distillation and by solvent extraction. The use of cinnamon in food and its ability to prevent oxidation and inhibit microbial growth are covered in this review. Its bioaccessibility, safety, and consumer acceptance are comprehensively discussed. This review also clearly shows a route to the use of cinnamon as an ingredient in functional foods.
In the past few decades, consumers have chosen foods not only for their nutritional values but also for their additional health benefits; therefore, functional foods have become increasingly popular. Functional foods are foods that can improve physical or mental health, decrease the risk of some illness, and cure some diseases. Nevertheless, the regulatory definition of functional food varies among regulatory bodies. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Functional foods defined as whole foods along with fortified, enriched, or enhanced foods that have a potentially beneficial effect on health when consumed as part of a varied diet on a regular basis at effective levels.”
Peppermint is known to have powerful antiviral qualities and commonly added to teas, extracts, and tinctures meant to naturally treat viral infections.
Its leaves and essential oils contain active components, including menthol and rosmarinic acid, which have antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767798 - A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.).
In a test-tube study, peppermint-leaf extract exhibited potent antiviral activity against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and significantly decreased levels of inflammatory compounds
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6049716/ - In vitro antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activities of the ethanol extract of Mentha piperita L.).
The following Abstract explains how stinging nettle was found to inhibit SARS CoV in mice.
Inhibition of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus replication in a lethal SARS-CoV BALB/c mouse model by stinging nettle lectin, Urtica dioica agglutinin.
In summary, it was found that lectin (carbohydrate protein) from stinging nettle was able to prevent the virus (a SARS corona virus) from attaching itself to the walls of cells in mice.
The following Abstract shows how licorice root compound is active in inhibiting the Human Immune Virus.
Effect of glycyrrhizin, an active component of licorice roots, on HIV replication in cultures of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HIV-seropositive patients.
Below are two abstracts about green tea and its inhibiting affect on viruses.
A Review of the Antiviral Role of Green Tea Catechins
Anti-influenza Virus Effects of Catechins: A Molecular and Clinical Review.
Below are studies of how ginger can act against caprine alphaherpesvirus-1.
Virucidal activity of ginger essential oil against caprine alphaherpesvirus-1.
Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell lines.
Ginger's Antiviral Prowess Proven in Research
The above are not all.
Below is an extract from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antiviral-herbs
Many types of basil, including the sweet and holy varieties, may fight certain viral infections.
For example, one test-tube study found that sweet basil extracts, including compounds like apigenin and ursolic acid, exhibited potent effects against herpes viruses, hepatitis B, and enterovirus (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16173941 - Antiviral activities of extracts and selected pure constituents of Ocimum basilicum.).
Holy basil, also known as tulsi, has been shown to increase immunity, which may help fight viral infections.
In a 4-week study in 24 healthy adults, supplementing with 300 mg of holy basil extract significantly increased levels of helper T cells and natural killer cells, both of which are immune cells that help protect and defend your body from viral infections (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21619917 - Double-blinded randomized controlled trial for immunomodulatory effects of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.) leaf extract on healthy volunteers.).
The following scholarly articles and abstracts support that lemongrass is an anti viral herb.
https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jbs.2006.507.510 (Screening for Antiviral Activity of Sweet Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon nardus(L.) Rendle) Fractions)
https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/nutrition-research/learning-center/plant-profiler/cymbopogon.html (This study has 138 further scholarly, scientific and medical references.)
The following articles and abstracts are about the antiviral affects of ashwaganda.
The following articles and abstracts are about the antiviral affects of jumun.
Bhanuprakash V, Hosamani M, Balamurugan V, Singh R K and Swarup D, In vitro antiviral activity of Eugenia jambolana plant extract on buffalopox virus: Conventional and QPCR methods, Int J Trop Med, 2007; 2: 3-9.
The following articles and abstracts are about the antiviral affects of amala.
Our Super Superfood is what can be termed a functional food. It has a function and can bring upon the consumer a better state of mind and physical health.
NOTE: While these above are amazing, our super superfoods do not include high volumes of any specific herb. If you are ill, please go to a physician. If on the other hand, you want good health by a cross selection of good nutrition, our super superfoods are available for you.