Echinacea Purpurea is a flowering plant related to the sunflower family. It has been used in Native American medicine for a wide range of applications, including healing wounds, respiratory infections, and bites. Today, it is used in a range of pharmaceuticals and medications and closely studied for its potential to support the immune system during periods of stress.
Echinacea Pupurea contains a range of bioactive compounds, including alkamides, glycoproteins, and polysaccharides. It primarily functions as an antioxidant by protecting cells and nerves from damage and the additional alkamides and other compounds found in echinacea have shown to help potentiate this function.
Some studies have shown that supplementing Echinacea can have a substantial effect on the immune system’s response to infection, with some reporting a 50% lower risk in developing an infection.