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All you need to know about Echinacea
What are the benefits of echinacea?
When taken, echinacea stimulates the immune system because it contains compounds called polysaccharides and alkamides, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea is well-known for easing symptoms and reducing recovery time from the common cold, as well as flu. It can also be used to treat minor cuts, bruises and skin grazes.
How much echinacea should I be taking?
The amount of echinacea that you take depends on the type of supplement you are taking, what you treat it for, and how soon you take it. You should read the label carefully and always consult your GP before taking any supplements to confirm the right dosage for your needs. It is believed that echinacea is most effective for colds if it is taken as soon as cold symptoms start to develop.
Who shouldn't take echinacea?
Children should not take echinacea, even to treat colds, as this could cause side effects such as allergic reactions, facial swelling and problems with breathing. Pregnant women should avoid taking echinacea, as well as people with diabetes and auto-immune conditions, because of the way echinacea stimulates the immune system.
Does echinacea kill viruses?
Because echinacea stimulates and benefits the immune system, it has been found in studies to help our immune response to quicken and operate more effectively, which in turn helps us to combat infections and viruses when exposed to them.