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Overview of Echinacea Supplements [Infographic]

Overview of Echinacea Supplements [Infographic] | ionlabs.com

Overview of Echinacea Supplements [Infographic] | ionlabs.com

Echinacea supplements are dietary supplements commonly taken to provide aid in helping with the symptoms of a common cold, flu, acid indigestion, headaches, and minor pains. Echinacea supplements are made from the Native American perennial herb native to Midwestern North America. There are nine known species of Echinacea comprising of prickly scales in a large conical seed head resembling a hedgehog (“echinos” is Greek for hedgehog), according to the Native Americans.  Although the herb has a distinct look, the substances within have been used as a cure-all for centuries.

 

With tall stems, pink or purple flowers, and a central cone, Echinacea contains polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils, and flavonoids playing a role in its benefits. These herbs were historically used as traditional medicines by Native Americans located in the Great Plains region. Today this herb is made into Echinacea supplements and immune support supplements, which may help with preventing or shortening the duration of a common cold or flu, reducing their symptoms, or simply boosting the immune system. It has been analyzed and studied to show its effectiveness in these intended purposes.

 

According to a meta-analysis published in 2007 in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, Echinacea supplements may cut the risk of catching the common cold by almost 60%. A large study also showed its duration may be reduced by 26%. Echinacea can be used as a supplement in extracts, tinctures, tablets, capsules, and ointments, although most commonly taken in tablets or capsules. It can also be found in supplements which combine Echinacea with other immune-boosting herbs, vitamins, and minerals, such as Immune Support.

 

Disclaimer These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Effects may vary between individuals.  If you have existing medical conditions, please consult your doctor prior to use.

 

  

References:

 

“Echinacea.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30 Nov. 2016. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

 

“Echinacea.” NutraIngredients-USA.com. William Reed Business Media Ltd, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

 

“Echinacea.” University of Maryland Medical Center. University of Maryland Medical Center, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.

 

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