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Echinacea for the flu: properties and benefits

Echinacea has important properties and benefits, being ideal in cases of flu and colds, to help immune defenses.

Echinacea was a plant certainly familiar to the indigenous Indians of North America, and they used it precisely to treat snakebites and wounds. In fact, she hails from the western part of the United States. Regarding its own production, its root is harvested in spring after 4 years of cultivation, and as many specialists in  phototherapy defend, it contains a very diverse amount of active principles with immunostimulating properties.

It is scientifically known by the names of Echinacea angustifolia, as Echinacea pursuer  Munch or as Echinacea pallid. Be that as it may, this is the reason why it also tends to be commonly known as Echinacea. Although it is equally common to find it by other names, such as purple prairie flower or conical prairie flower. It belongs to the Composite (Composite) family, and grows mainly on sandy soils, hills and grasslands.

We must bear in mind that the genus Echinacea actually comprises a whole set of plants belonging to the Composite family, hence its appearance sometimes resembles daisies.  However, they are easily distinguishable by their striking color that includes pink and lilac colors.

Echinacea benefits for colds and flu

Echinacea has a large number of constituents and active principles that act together to oppose unwanted invaders, improving immune defense, and helping to increase defenses.

It contains polysaccharides that protect cells from viral attacks, various elements with anti-inflammatory effects, and alamedas with both antifungal and bacterial properties.

These principles, therefore, act in a special way by increasing the number of white blood cells, at the same time that they favor the synthesis of interferon, an essential molecule in the process of immunity.

Not surprisingly, various studies have shown its immuno stimulating activity in different conditions related to immune deficiency or weakness.

Increase defenses naturally

Echinacea becomes an excellent natural option when it comes to increasing our defenses, since it stimulates our body’s natural immunity by increasing both the number and activity of white blood cells.

In addition, it acts as an antibacterial, antiviral and immune system booster; hence it is tremendously useful when we have colds, the flu or need to strengthen our immune system against recurring infections. For this reason it is equally suitable for strengthening the resistance of people prone to colds.

Improves symptoms of flu and colds

When Echinacea is taken in the form of a decoction, tincture, capsules or pills when we already have a cold or flu, the truth is that it helps us recover more quickly, helping to reduce the symptoms and the most common discomforts of these two conditions.

How to take Echinacea and for how long?

To enjoy its anti-flu benefits, it is advisable to take it between 1 to 3 months from the beginning of winter, which will help to prevent repeat infections, and even as prevention when our body is under stress, or in weak conditions both physical as well as psychic.

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