Echinacea

Overview

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SOURCE
California, USA
FORM
Echinacea Purpurea
FOUND IN
North America

Fast Fact

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Echinacea comes from the Greek word “echinos”, which translates to sea urchin. It's commonly referred to as a sea urchin flower because of its appearance.

Especially Important For

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People trying to strengthen their immune systems and prevent colds*.

Benefits

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Infection and virus fighter*
Inflammation reducer*
Digestion enhancer*
Wound healer*
Healthy skin promoter*

Why it's important for immunity

Research has shown that Echinacea can increase the number of white blood cells in our bodies. White blood cells are needed for our bodies to fight infections. The main active parts of Echinacea include alkylamides, caffeic acid derivatives and polysaccharides, which account for its antiviral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.


Evidence-based claims, or bust

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Echinacea and the Immune system.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold.

PHYTOMEDICINE

Medicinal properties of Echinacea: A critical review.

EVIDENCE-BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE JOURNAL

A miracle herb against aging and cancer?

ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

Echinacea for treating the common cold.

PHYTOTHERAPY RESEARCH

A proprietary extract from the Echinacea plant (Echinacea Purpurea) enhances systemic immune response during a common cold.

JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

The efficacy of Echinacea compound herbal tea preparation on the severity and duration of upper respiratory and flu symptoms: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study.

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