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Echinacea Helps The Immune System

Aug 17, 2007
In this day and age everyone is looking for ways to boost their immune system. In recent years their has been an herbal remedy that seems to provide some relief to colds and assists your immune system. This remedy is Echinacea.

Echinacea is one of the oldest herbal supplements in the world. It is categorized as an immunostimulant, which is a substance that is known to boost the immune system.

White blood cells are part of what makes up the immune system. These are the first line of defense. If a flu virus enters the body and begins to multiply, the white blood cells call in for help from the T-lymphocytes, also they can get help from lymphocytes. All these systems working together allow the body to destroy many bacterial and viral invasions.

Echinacea works differently from other treatments. It works directly, killing the germ by strengthening an individual's immune system. There is evidence that Echinacea stimulates the body into producing more white blood cells. It also stimulates the release of interferons. These are what the body uses as a fighting weapon. Echinacea also helps to prevent bacteria from producing an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which works through the membrane, and invades the tissue.

You may want to check with your doctor before taking Echinacea. There are some illnesses that you should not take Echinacea to treat. In most cases, it is safe for an individual to take three hundred milligrams three times a day.

Some individuals take Echinacea on a daily basis to prevent colds and flues from developing. Other people will begin to take it once they feel a cold coming on.

If you have a child, the studies on how Echinacea can help them has been up in the air. It is recommended that for children ages six to thirteen you give them half the dosage recommended for adults. Under the age of six, you should consult your doctor. Children's immune systems work differently than adults, many times they have not built up all of their resistance and need to do that before bolstering it with herbal supplements.

While Echinacea is just gaining ground in the United States, it has been research in Europe. Echinacea has been studied in Germany in a controlled study. No one knew which they were getting. The individuals who took the Echinacea experienced less frequent and severe virus infections. Studies continue to show that there are no toxic effects to taking this herbal supplement.

There are many things that an individual can do to help boost the immune system. Taking Echinacea is just one of the natural herbal supplements that we can take. Studies continue to show the effectiveness of this supplement, and as more and more people continue to look to other alternatives, Echinacea will continue to gain in popularity. Remember to always check with you doctor before taking any supplement as it could have an interaction with any medication you are currently taking.
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