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What is Echinacea and is it safe for me?

Bioconcepts Echinacea 300 mg 60's Echinacea purpurea also known as Echinacea, is a perennial herb native to the North America. It has a long history of medicinal use. It is purported that Native Americas have used Echinacea to promote wound healing and as a general cure-all for over 400 years. Echinacea contains many nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc as well vitamins B1, B2, B3 & C. It also contains many phytochemicals (antioxidants) including beta-carotene, quercetin and rutin making it a powerful antioxidant.

Phytochemicals are antioxidants located in plants that help to prevent and treat disease in humans. Free radicals are oxygen molecules that possess incompatible pairs of electrons. The lack of compatible electrons cause free radicals to travel around the body creating mayhem as they try and steal electrons from other molecules. Antioxidants are molecules stable enough to give an electron to a free radical and thus neutralise it.

An accumulation of free radicals within the body damages cells, causing them to age and degenerate (otherwise known as oxidative stress). Antioxidants delay the rate of oxidative stress and stabilise free radical molecules that could otherwise cause health implications.

Is it right for me?

Echinacea has been used for hundreds of years as an herbal treatment for cold & flu symptoms. It is still shown today to have the same antiviral effects upon the body and therefore should help boost immunity towards cold & flu.


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