When Science Proves the Remedy - Echinacea
Today we’re starting a new series for all of our Santo Remedio family: When science proves the remedy.
The most trusted home remedies are used by cultures because they work; often they’ve been working for thousands of years.
Modern medicine and scientific research can prove or disprove the efficacy of many home remedies. This series will focus on the moments when science “catches up” and proves the efficacy of a well-loved traditional remedy.
And that’s the magic combination of Santo Remedio. It’s the remedies you love and trust, backed by the latest nutritional science.
Let’s dive in with our first remedy - Echinacea
Echinacea - History
Echinacea is a type of flower (daisy) that is native to North America. It has been used by native american cultures for thousands and thousands of years as a natural remedy for many different illnesses. Almost all parts of the plant - petals, stem, and roots - are used in traditional remedies.
Echinacea - Does Science Prove the Remedy?
YES! In so, so many ways.
The native americans were right when they adopted the use of echinacea all those years ago (and so are you if you’ve been using it in your family). Let’s dive into the most thoroughly researched benefits of echinacea.
There’s a reason almost all natural cold and flu remedies contain echinacea. Studies have consistently shown that echinacea can reduce your chances of catching a cold AND shorten the duration of a cold. Simply put, it helps the body fight illness and viruses. That’s especially important in these trying times.
Echinacea contains many antioxidant compounds, including flavonoids. It even contains compounds called alkamides, which can help support the function of antioxidants. Why is that important? Antioxidants help our bodies fight oxidative stress, one of the main causes of aging.
While inflammation is a natural cyclical process, chronic inflammation can lead to serious health issues. Researchers are currently studying the link between chronic inflammation and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, among other illnesses.
Research studies have shown that echinacea can help reduce inflammation. One study followed osteoarthritis sufferers for 30 days and found that echinacea supplementation lowered pain, swelling, and inflammation. Echinacea’s anti-inflammatory properties have even been shown to help skin conditions like acne.
Many of the same compounds that give echinacea it’s antioxidant properties have also been shown to reduce anxiety. These include the alkamides mentioned earlier, as well as caffeic acid.
One Thing to Consider
Echinacea is definitely a traditional remedy that has been “proven” by science. And even more research is ongoing.
As you look for a good echinacea supplement it’s important to consider that quality is important. There are different plants within the common name “echinacea” and not all of them have full potency. Independent investigations have also shown that many products claiming to contain echinacea don’t actually contain it!
Reach for a trusted source. We have an idea of one you might like :) It’s our support your immune system echinacea from Santo Remedio.
Let’s get healthier, together!
Your friends at Santo Remedio
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