Echinacea or Purple Cone Flower is one of the more well-known popular herbal remedies out there and for good reason! It has been used by Native American Tribes for thousands of years to treat infections, pain, colds, as well as used topically for things such as healing wounds and treating bug bites and burns. Studies have shown that this herb can help to activate the immune system and shorten the duration of viruses and respiratory illnesses by supporting white blood cells. White blood cells are essentially our bodies immunity cells. It’s also shown that it is well tolerated by the vast majority of people with little known side effects. However, because of its ability to stimulate the immune system, Echinacea should be avoided by people that suffer from auto-immune issues such as Lupus.
An additional benefit of Echinacea includes it being very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are beneficial to us because they help to protect cells in our bodies from the effects of free radicals which cause damage to our cells. This free radical damage is caused by many of the chemicals, pollution, smoke, radiation, and even functions of our normal metabolism. Therefore, they are beneficial for anti-aging and even preventing certain cancers.
Echinacea is also considered to be anti-inflammatory. This is important because inflammation is the underlying cause of all diseases. Inflammation is a natural response of the body designed to protect and heal. The problem arises when this inflammation lingers too long and there is a buildup of inflammation in the body. This buildup of inflammation in the body is what winds up causing chronic diseases and related health issues. This is the reason why keeping inflammation in the body low is so important and supplements such as Echinacea can help with this.
Echinacea is one of the main ingredients in our Immuniad Formula. Give this formula a try for yourself this cold/flu season and see what it can do for you!