Think you have to suffer through that cold? Think again. While your doctor may not have a solution for the latest viral infection making the rounds, nature does – echinacea. You might be familiar with the vibrant purple flower, maybe even know about its long history as an immune booster in traditional medicine. But did you know that research confirms it’s one of the best ways to fight the common cold?

The cold virus is a common infection with serious personal and professional impacts. Echinamide is a valuable way to prevent and treat infections in cold and flu season, and supports year-round health, especially for those with high stress levels. In fact, two double-blind, placebo-controlled studies clearly demonstrated that Echinamide reduces the severity of the common cold and can help you get rid of a cold up to three times faster.

Experts recommend taking echinacea as a cold- and flu-fighting supplement at the first sign of symptoms, with a higher “loading dosage” for the first couple of days. For those who seem to catch every cold going around, or seem to get sick and stay sick, Echinamide taken through the whole cold and flu season can bolster your system – especially if you’re feeling the effects of stress.

How does Echinamide work, anyway?

Most of us have a vague idea of how the immune system works. When you get sick, you know something’s amiss. Your body is faced with harmful pathogens on a daily basis, and your immune system handles most of them with ease. But if your immune system isn’t up to snuff, it can be overwhelmed. That’s where immune-boosting Echinamide comes in. It is the only full-spectrum fresh herb echinacea extract that contains standardized ratios of echinacea’s three key active compounds for the best health benefits.

Echinamide increases your body’s own ability to fight colds and other viral infections by boosting white blood cell counts, and increasing their ability to do their job. It also increases other key factors in the immune system, including interferon, and the levels and activity of antibodies.

Echinamide – Highly effective, highly underrated

The science is mounting in favour of the immune-boosting capacity of echinacea (Echinacea purpurea). Herbal remedies such as echinacea were once easily dismissed, not because they aren’t effective, but because the research just wasn’t there to justify their use. The tides are changing as scientists get curious about plants, and new research emerges every day revealing the power of nature when it comes to health care.

Echinacea is no exception. It’s one of the most well-researched herbal supplements available, with solid evidence supporting its use as an immune booster. However, the supplement has to be prepared properly in order to be effective. Quality control ensures an effective herbal preparation, with guaranteed levels of echinacea’s three key active compounds: polysaccharides, cichoric acid, and alkylamides. These three compounds work together to boost the immune system.

The various compounds in echinacea have been studied and explored, both in isolation and together. While many supplements only contain one of these key compounds, research shows that the immune-enhancing properties of echinacea are at their most potent when they are combined in the proper ratios. Essentially, Echinamide is a super-extracted echinacea product that provides high levels of all major compounds in their proper ratios. Echinamide makes the most of what nature has to offer and delivers the best results.  Scientific research has helped us understand just how important the way herbs are grown, harvested, and processed can be.

Take control of your health

Knowledge is power. Now that you’ve got it, thanks to nature’s natural immune booster, and a little help from your friendly neighborhood scientist – echinacea can help you take your immune health into your own hands, and kick that cold to the curb.

This column is sponsored by Good 'n' Natural in Steinbach.

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