Can Echinacea improve our immune system?  Most of us associate echinacea with stimulating the immune system and we refer to it as the herb that kills viruses and bacteria. But it does not stimulate the immune system or kill anything. What it does do is improve how effective your immune system is at spotting the bad guys, and improves how efficient the immune system responds to the invaders that cause viral, bacterial, or fungal infections. The end result is the same, you are protected from germs, and you can reduce the amount of time you spend missing quality time at home or at work.

Now is the time to consider protecting your immune system. A healthy diet and lifestyle is crucial. A diet that is heavy in junk food, lots of caffeine, sugar, with not enough vegetables and fruit will slow down the immune response. Alcohol, smoking, not getting enough sleep, and stress also impact the immune system and how efficient it will react when exposed to germs.

Echinacea purpurea is a popular herb associated with supporting immunity. It can protect you against bacterial and viral infections associated with cold, flu, and coughs. It’s also effective for cold sores, cystitis, chicken pox, and shingles. Fungal infections like ringworm, candida, and thrush are other infections that it can help you deal with. But remember if you’re not eating well, sleeping right, or if you’re stressed Echinacea won’t be able to do everything all on its own. Aim to make changes where you can to improve diet and lifestyle.

Echinacea purpurea is an ideal remedy to help prevent infectious disease by ensuring that your body is ready to respond to pathogens.

A.Vogel Echinaforce tablets and Echinaforce tincture are similar. The tincture is useful for those with digestive problems as it absorbs quickly. Both can be taken at the onset of a cold or flu, and can be taken long term for general immune support. Choose Echinaforce Forte if you’re already infected, and have had symptoms for a day or two. Echinaforce Hot Drink is especially good for flu easing symptoms such as headache and muscle ache.

Stay well this winter.

Wicklow People

Article by Clair Whitty – Naturally Healthy