Here at Agape Nutrition, we’d consider ourselves supplement connoisseurs. Not only do we sell a plethora of curated supplements, but we also aim to provide information on supplements to consumers like you! So in the tradition of our “All About” blog series, here is our next installment, “All About Echinacea”!
What is Echinacea?
Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is a part of the daisy flower family. The herb has been used in indigenous American medicine for hundreds of years. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH), “Several species of echinacea, most commonly Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea Angustifolia, may be included in [echinacea] dietary supplements”.
What is it Good For?
Primarily, echinacea is associated with treating the common cold or influenza. Most research has been conducted surrounding echinacea as a treatment for these two afflictions. However, according to the NIH, “taking echinacea might slightly reduce your chances of catching a cold” but “has not been shown to shorten the length of a cold.”
While less researched, the flower can also be used to reduce inflammation, reduce symptoms of anxiety, or lower blood sugar levels. However, research in these areas of treatment is still pretty lacking. That is why consulting your primary care provider before and during your consumption of echinacea is so important!
Note: It is important that you consult your healthcare provider before adding echinacea to your diet. Some supplements may act adversely with your current medication and should not be taken as a replacement for your current medications without your doctor’s knowledge.
How to Consume Echinacea
According to Healthline, “The plant’s upper parts and roots are used in tablets, tinctures, extracts, and teas”.
Echinacea tea and gummies are readily available at your local general merchandise retailer (such as Target) and perhaps your grocery store. It can also be purchased at an e-commerce store like Amazon. This means that echinacea in tea form is relatively accessible for you to get!
You can also find it in powder form, but this seems like it would be harder to access and/or get in hand quickly.
Here at Agape Nutrition, echinacea is available in nasal sprays, tablets, toothpaste gel, and chewable tablets. You can purchase your very own echinacea supplements here. You can also contact us here to discuss general information about any of these echinacea supplements!