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Post by Cloud Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:08 pm

If you even remotely pay attention to the natural health community, I'm sure you've heard that echinacea benefits your health in a variety of ways – including its healing powers associated with cancer, inflammation and pain. Not only has the flower garnered a lot of media attention lately, it has turned into quite the industry!

Echinacea Benefits Equal Big Business!

In fact, “Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by 7.9% in 2013, reaching six billion dollars for the first time,” according to the American Botanical Council. (1) This is by far the largest increase since the 1990s and we’ve seen steady growth in herbal sales for the last 10+ years straight.

And echinacea, as you may have guessed, is leading that impressive growth – by a long shot. In fact, echinacea, more commonly known as the purple coneflower, is now a $28 million industry with sales increasing to 94.7 percent in 2013 alone. (2) But this growth is not surprising when you consider the amazing health benefits associated with this flower.


The Story Behind Echinacea Benefits

Native to North America, echinacea is a coneflower that has been used in natural medicine for more than 400 years. In fact, Native Americans from the Great Plains Indian tribes were known to use the flower for medicinal purposes. Although it’s technically an herb, medicine can be made from echinacea's roots, flowers and leaves.
Before the mass introduction of antibiotics during WWII, echinacea benefits were widely enjoyed  by the medical community. But the famed herb lost the bulk of its esteem after antibiotics caused a massive shift in the medical world.

Surprisingly, the chemicals found in the root of echinacea differ greatly from those in the upper section of the flower. When the roots are analyzed, we can see elevated concentrations of essential oils. Contrast that with the polysaccharides contained in the parts of the plant that grow above ground, and you can see how the plant has real immune boosting powers.


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Post by Cloud Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:10 pm

In fact, several of echinacea’s chemical constituents are known immune system enhancers and offer great therapeutic value. These include essential oils, vitamin C, insulin, flavonoids and polysaccharides. (3)

Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center found that the above-ground portion of the plant is the most beneficial. The German government has actually approved the above-ground parts of echinacea in treatments for upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, slow healing wounds and colds. (4)


Healthy Echinacea Benefits

While there are a seemingly endless number of healthy echinacea benefits, these nine strike me as the most beneficial.

1. Echinacea Benefits: Immune Boosting Powers

An analysis conducted by the University of Connecticut looked at 14 different echinacea studies. The results, which were published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, found the following:
•Consuming Echinacea improves immunity and reduces the chances of catching the common cold by 58 percent.
•Taking Echinacea can cut the duration of a cold by nearly a day and a half.

“The take home message from our study is that echinacea does indeed have powerful cold prevention and cold treatment benefits,” said Craig Coleman, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and lead author of the study. “The significance of that finding becomes clear when you consider Americans suffer from one billion colds annually and spend about $1.5 billion annually for doctor visits and another $2 billion annually on non-prescription cough and cold treatments.” (5)

In fact, the immune system is strongly influenced by dosage of Echinacea, according to the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Research shows that 10 mg of echinacea for every kilogram of body weight is effective at stimulating the immune system when taken daily over a 10-day period. (6)

Moreover, new research published in the medical journal Hindawi suggests that echinacea can stop viral colds, too. Still, when it comes to the immune system, the best results for using echinacea is how it works on recurring infections. While research proves the flower is an effective cold deterrent, its real power comes once cold symptoms appear.




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Post by Cloud Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:11 pm

Echinacea Benefits: Mental Health

When it comes to issues related to ADD and ADHD, Echinacea angustifolia is the suggested species for use. (10) Anyone suffering from ADD/ADHD, adults and children alike, is more likely to experience emotional disturbances, such as:
•Social phobias
•Depression
•Anxiety

But, as always, the key is proper dosage. Recommendations are to take just 20 mg at a time – no more. Shockingly, taking more than 20 mg in one sitting can actually counteract the benefits of anxiety relief.

5. Echinacea Benefits: Pain

The history of echinacea purpurea dates back to a painkiller used by the Great Plans Indians. Specifically, it is effective at treating the following pain conditions as well!


•Toothache
•Tonsillitis
•Stomachaches
•Sore throat
•Snake bites
•Pain from measles
•Pain from gonorrhea
•Pain from herpes (HSV)
•Pain from headaches
•Pain in the bowel


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Post by Saturn Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:29 pm

This is great stuff to take when you have a cold or flu and I always think that lemon, ginger and turmeric tea does a good job too if you can't take otc cold meds

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