Echinacea purpurea also known as Coneflower and are only grown in Eastern & Central North America. This plant was used by the Plain Native Americans for its general medicinal properties. They would use it for snake bites,insect bites, anthrax, typhoid & anything that would effect the immune system. Echinacea has become very popular and is used by millions of people around the world. Benefits of echinacea include boosting immune system in order to prevent colds and during colds to reducing the days of the cold and severity of the symptoms.
Echinacea works with body’s defence mechanisms. It consists of polysaccharides also known as Echinancin which bind to cells and prevent pathogens (living microorganisms that cause disease) from invading. Echinancin improves immunce function by destroying the pathogens at a quick rate not even giving a chance for the pathogens to make you sick.
Echinacea moves white blood cells into areas of infection to destroy foreign particles, bacteria, viruses, and other micro-organisms. Echinacea can raise white blood cell activity when necessary to fight infection and lower it when the body’s condition has improved. It stops the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system.
There are many active ingredients in Echinacea that enhance the immune system include but not limited to water-soluble polysaccharides, flavonoids, & essential oils. When you purchase Echinacea make sure it includes many active ingredient, if you only one or two this will not be the most potent and will not be very effective.
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