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      Echinacea Purpurea immune boosting health benefits

      There is a lot of evidence to support Echinacea’s immune boosting health benefits.

      Echinacea has been found to possess antibacterial and immune-boosting properties, helping to fight coughs, colds, viral infections, as well as upper respiratory tract and vaginal infections. It also helps speed recovery time after an infection, with none of the side effects caused by antibiotics.

      Products based on the Echinacea purpurea species have been shown to be the most effective for the immune system and warding off colds and flu. In a recent review , Sachin et al (2007) at the University of Connecticut found that Echinacea decreased the odds of developing the common cold by 58% and the duration of a cold by 1·4 days. While a study by Linde et al (1999) for the Cochrane Library in the UK suggests that negative reports of Echinacea’s effectiveness are the result of using inferior Echinacea products in tests.

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