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Echinacea and it’s Benefits

Echinacea has the power to boost your immune system. As we approach cold and flu season through the winter months people are still wondering how to best protect themselves from getting sick. Natural botanicals can offer added boost to your immune protection. Echinacea is one of those common natural botanicals that you should consider stocking up on. It’s a great product to keep in your “medicine cabinet”.

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea is an herb and there are three species of it-commonly know as purple coneflower which are used medicinally : Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea pallida. This herb has been used for hundreds of years by ingenuous tribes for medicinal purposes.

What is a Standardized Extract?

In my practice I have used Mediherb Echinacea Premium for years. What I care about is it comes as a standardized extract. What is a standardized extract, and why does it matter? “A standardized extract is a way to ensure that the consumer is getting a product in which the chemistry constituents are consistent from batch to batch,” says Dr. Jenny Cundari, BPHE, BSc, ND.

What are so the factors that go into herbal remedies that you may not have thought of? ” Are the herbs dried or fresh? How are the plants grown? Are you getting the part of the plant that is beneficial?” All of these factors can affect potency and effectiveness. By choosing a standardized extract we know what we are consuming is consistent, effective, and proven.

Taste Test

When this herb is consumed in it’s liquid form it will have a tingling sensation on your tongue, This is actually good and indicates the potency of the herb’s active constituents that work to support your immune system. At our office this effective herb is available in a tonic or a tablet form.

Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea will boost your immune system and has been documented in numerous studies. If you do get sick with a cold it will shorten the duration of your illness. It’s safe for ongoing use, and can even be safely used during pregnancy, although you should always confirm with your doctor first. It works wonderfully for all types of pain as it is a strong anti-inflammatory.

These plants are loaded with plant compounds that function as antioxidants.

If you are looking for an effective immune booster along with common-sence prevention consider adding Echinacea to your regime this cold and flu season. Remember to always get enough rest, reduce stress and wash your hands regularly.

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