Health benefits of echinacea

Published March 4, 2022

Echinacea is one of the most widely used herbs globally. Characterised by a distinctive purple flower, echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, dates back to the 18th century and originates from North America, where it was a valued medicine used by Native Americans.

What are the health benefits of echinacea?

Echinacea and immune health

Echinacea helps your immune system in three ways — by activating immune cells that engulf and absorb nasties, stimulating cells that help fight wounds and mobilising white blood cells that help protect your body from infection.

Echinacea and the common cold

Echinacea has a long history of traditional use in western herbal medicine for relieving common cold symptoms. Echinacea may also provide symptomatic relief of common colds.

Echinacea and upper respiratory infections

Echinacea has been shown to support innate immunity. Innate immunity includes protection offered by your skin, mucous membranes and immune system cells that can scavenge, identify and kill certain viruses and germs. This immune support makes echinacea suitable for relieving symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infections.

When should I take echinacea?

Take echinacea with or straight after food at the first sign of common cold symptoms, or speak to your healthcare professional for more information.

Which echinacea is right for you?

Cenovis® has a range of echinacea products to support immune health and relieve symptoms of the common cold. Click here to learn more.

Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

 

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