On the topic of immune health, there is a well established hype over Echinacea. Teas utilizing the roots of the flowery plant boast an immunity boost and a natural way to fight colds and the flu. Native to North America, the use of Echinacea dates back to traditional medicine practiced by Native American tribes. Thanks to modern research, we know now that Echinacea can back up its claim to boosted immunity. However, not all Echinacea products are equal.
There are several different strains of Echinacea, some more potent than others. Two strains stand above the rest – Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea Angustifolia. Research into Echinacea Purpurea has revealed this strain’s immuno-stimulatory and anti-inflammatory effects, and its ability to alleviate cold symptoms. Echinacea Angustifolia has similar effects on the body – it is actually endorsed by the World Health Organization to treat the common cold. Research shows that both strains can be effective especially against upper respiratory tract infections, as well. These two strains are the most potent strains of Echinacea.
The Medi-Herb line through Standard Process makes Echinacea Premium, an immune boosting supplement that combines both Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea Angustifolia. Because of the potency of these strains, combinations of the two are only available through a doctor. Luckily, we here at the Luib Health Center are big fans of Echinacea, and are happy to provide it for you! With how fast illness currently spreading globally, building a strong immune system is of upmost importance. Give us a call today so you can take advantage of this all natural method of staying well through these cautious times!
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