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How Echinacea Helps Improve Immune Health

How Echinacea Helps Improve Immune Health

Echinacea refers to a group of nine very similar plant species and Echinacea angustifolia is one of them. They have been used traditionally to treat infections and to increase immunity.

Echinacea has been shown to increase immune function.1

In a 2003 study, echinacea extract was able to up-regulate genes tied to immune function in the study participants. The researchers noted that this indicates echinacea may help reduce the duration and intensity of cold and flu symptoms.2

Two more studies also show it’s ability to act as a wide-spectrum immunomodulator that can increase immune response by increasing the number and activity of white blood cells.3,4

In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial involving 44 healthy female participants echinacea was shown to help stimulate and activate the immune system.5

Another randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study of echinacea found it was able to reduce the severity of symptoms in participants with upper respiratory tract infections.6

In a meta-analysis of several studies, researchers concluded that echinacea was effective in the prevention of common cold symptoms.7

Echinacea has also been shown to be an effective modulator of macrophage immune response.8

Multiple other studies also support the beneficial effects of echinacea on the immune system.9,10,11

Conclusion

Echinacea may help increase immunity by modulating and better activating immune response.

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