Aussie, French or Japanese – Help Fight Flu with Immune-Boosting Echinacea
The winter weather brings with it an increased likelihood of catching something nasty, like the flu Winter 2018 brought a particularly nasty bout of Australian Flu to our shores, with French Flu and even the Japanese variety all vying to outdo each other on the virulence scale.
Ideally, we would stay snuggled up in our duvets until the warmer weather arrives and avoid all the nasties, but as lovely as that may sound, it is not possible in the real world. Happily, there are traditional herbal remedies for cold and flu that can help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu so you can aim to carry on as normal.
Whilst it is difficult to avoid picking up germs at this time of year completely, a healthy diet and lifestyle, supplemented by herbal medicines containing Echinacea herb, along with supplements including Vitamin C and Zinc, can help you to stay well this winter.
What Exactly is Echinacea?
Echinacea is a natural remedy that has been relied upon for centuries. It can help boost the immune system and contains a beneficial dose of pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
Echinacea is a coneflower, originally found and grown in North America. Used as a traditional herbal remedy for more the 400 years by the Indian tribes of the Great Plains, it has been highly regarded for its many medicinal benefits for centuries in Europe too.
Also known as Echinacea Purpurea, the prickly purple flower is instantly recognisable. The extract found in modern-day herbal remedies is usually made from an extract from the upper part of the plant as this offers the greatest benefit, according to traditional use.
How Could Echinacea Tablets Help To Prevent Colds And Flu?
The chemical constituents found in Echinacea tablets are powerful immune system stimulators. The herb itself is also used as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections and slow-healing wounds.
The Echinacea plant contains four types of compounds which help to boost the immune system: alkamides, glycoproteins, polysaccharides and caffeic acid derivatives. Easy-to-take Echinacea tablets are traditionally used to help protect against seasonal cold and flu and many people take them year-round to help boost their body’s natural defences against infection.
How Should I Take Echinacea Tablets For Maximum Benefit?
Adults and children over 12 years old can take up to two tablets of HRI Coldcare twice a day, which gives you extract equivalent to 338mg-450mg of the herb. Read our article on Understanding Extracts for more information on what this means.
Many people choose to start taking Echinacea tablets at the beginning of the cold and flu season to help boost the immune system to be ready to fight off seasonal bugs before they start. Some people take the tablets every day throughout the winter, whilst others only take it for a couple of weeks at a time. Many users report that starting them as soon as they feel the first signs of a cold is also beneficial.
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