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Larch

If you're prone to sickness, consider taking larch regularly. The American larch tree (also known as the tamarack larch) is found in the northern portions of America as well as in Canada. A new study found that larch can help reduce the number of colds by 23%! Larch stores its medicinal treasures within its inner bark and resin. A potent compound called arabinogalactin is found there, which nurtures beneficial bacteria. Arabinogalactan is a starch like chemical that is found in many plants, but it is found in highest concentrations in Larch trees. Larch arabinogalactan is used for medicine. Most of the larch arabinogalactan you will find in stores is produced from Western Larch. However, larch arabinogalactan can also be produced by other larch tree species.

 

Larch arabinogalactan is used for infections, including the common coldflu, H1N1 flu, ear infections in children, and HIV/AIDS. It is also used to treat liver cancer, as well as a brain condition caused by liver damage. Some people use it to provide dietary fiberlower cholesterol, and to boost the immune system. Larch arabinogalactan is a fiber that ferments in the intestine. It might increase intestinal bacteria, such as Lactobacillus, and have other effects that could be beneficial to digestive tract health. There is also information that suggests larch arabinogalactan might boost the immune system and help prevent cancer cells in the liver from growing. You can purchase larch supplements at the pharmacy or health food store. Just be sure to look for the ingredient "larch resist-aid."