Echinacea is a strong stimulator of the immune system and helps your body fight and prevent infections when taken as a daily supplement.
Perhaps one of the most well known herbal supplements on the shelves come cold season, Echinacea is a powerful herb that stimulates the immune system.
- Most commonly, echinacea is used to prevent and ease symptoms of the common cold.
- Echinacea extracts have been shown to increase the count of white blood cells in your body.
- In a composite review of 14 studies, it was shown that taking echinacea may shorten a cold by one to two days and lower the risk of developing colds by more than 50%.
- In addition to echinaceas ability to prevent and treat common cold infections, it has been studied for immunotherapy and its effectiveness in treating and preventing infections of the upper respiratory tract.
Echinacea is considered anodyne, antimicrobial, an immune stimulant and lymphatic. These properties combined make it the go to herbal supplement for addressing many common symptoms of a common cold and respiratory conditions.
Dosage and Safety
For immune support, take 400mg of echinacea purpurea extract 1-3 times a day.
Echinacea is well researched and appears to be safe and well tolerated by most. If you are allergic to other flowers such as daisies and marigold it would be best to avoid echinacea.
Also, as echinacea is an immune stimulant, anyone with auto immune disorders or taking immunosuppressive drugs should avoid taking echinacea without first consulting their physician.