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