What is echinacea and why is it good for women to take it in autumn?
With autumn they begin the first colds due to the arrival of the cold and, in the year of Covid, it is more necessary than ever to have a strong immune system to prevent and combat any symptoms. Therefore, echinacea becomes the perfect ally to better cope with these cold months.
Natural remedies are useful for preventing colds and other interferences in the body, but it is also important to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout the year. You must maintain good hygiene, practice physical exercise, rest adequately and eat a healthy diet, abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables, all of them loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that will act as the first barrier against any virus.
The help of phytotherapy
In times like autumn, phytotherapy, the science that studies the use of plant products to prevent and treat pathological states, It can occasionally help us deal with the mild symptoms of a cold or virus.
The use of medicinal herbs and plants It is as old as humanity. Although during the rise and development of synthetic drugs in the 20th century, natural pharmacy took a backseat, in recent decades it has once again had a greater therapeutic presence. The effects of using plants are healthy, mild, moderate and with few side effects..
In addition to using thyme, eucalyptus, licorice, marshmallow, cinnamon or ginger when we have a cold, Science highlights the preventive and curative use of Echinacea.
Echinacea in women
Echinacea is the most popular remedy, the immune system’s favorite herb that helps the body increase the number of white blood cells and the pace of their activity. It is a perennial plant native to eastern North America, whose roots and leaves have been used for centuries to treat a variety of infections and malignant outbreaks in people and animals.
But in addition to protecting us from colds, echinacea It has important therapeutic properties that act on the woman’s body, promoting the healing of internal or external wounds.scars and rapid tissue regeneration.
Echinacea is also valuable because it is composed of high-quality phytochemicals and nutrients. that keep a woman’s body prepared for any health problem: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
It is also a good source of high-value antioxidants such as beta carotene, which It will prevent premature aging in women, macular degeneration in the eyes, photosensitivity in the skin and vaginal candidiasis..
Other uses of this natural remedy
Finally, this medicinal plant can also be beneficial for the following ailments: stomatitis, oral herpes, burns, skin reactions (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis), bronchitis, urinary infections and insect bites.
Echinacea is generally safe, even when taken in very high doses. The greatest scientific evidence on echinacea refers to its ability to help you recover from colds and minor colds quickly. It can be consumed in different forms, whether in tablets, capsules or liquid form. All of them will help our immune system to cope with the cold months and maintain female health all year round.
*Cristina Román is a journalist specialized in Nutrition from the Institute For Optimum Nutrition in London and editor of the website I Am Bio.
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