Does expired echinacea still work?
Yes, best before is just the recommendation. As long as they’re not about a year out of date, they’ll be fine. I do find that only the best quality echinacea is worth getting so if they’re capsules with ‘fillers’ in them and very old I wouldn’t bother.
Is it safe to take echinacea after catching a cold? Taking echinacea by mouth while still healthy might help prevent some colds in adults, but the benefit is probably small. Taking echinacea after catching a cold doesn’t seem to improve symptoms. It isn’t clear if echinacea is helpful in children.
When did the use of Echinacea fall out of favor? For a time, echinacea enjoyed official status as a result of being listed in the US National Formulary from 1916-1950. However, use of echinacea fell out of favor in the United States with the discovery of antibiotics.
What are the long term effects of Echinacea? Long-term use of echinacea and its role in autoimmune disease have long been debated. The concern often discussed is that, if echinacea is taken long term, it may overstimulate the immune system and result in negative immune effects. This is not a finding that has consistently been reported.
Are there any commercially available products of Echinacea? Commercially available echinacea products come in many forms including tablets, juice, and tea. There are concerns about the quality of some echinacea products on the market. Echinacea products are frequently mislabeled, and some may not even contain echinacea, despite label claims. Don’t be fooled by the term “standardized.”
Are there any side effects of Echinacea for the common cold?
Are there any side effects of Echinacea for the common cold? Although the benefits of echinacea for the common cold are uncertain, the risks seem to be low. The most common side effect is upset stomach.
How is Echinacea good for your health and well being? Because echinacea benefits our health and well-being like few plants on the planet. Now that’s something to get behind. Once known as an alternative way to prevent the common cold, now echinacea is quickly becoming known for multiple uses and benefits — from combating cancer to alleviating pain.
When is the best time to take echinacea? Echinacea preparations tested in clinical trials differ greatly. It is important to choose a high-quality echinacea supplement, and to use echinacea as early as possible in the course of a cold, with multiple doses per day for the first few days. Talk to your health care provider for recommendations.
Can you drink Echinacea if you have the flu? Not only that, but it could also help treat symptoms of the flu. In one study in 473 people with the flu, drinking an echinacea-based beverage was as effective as an antiviral medication at treating symptoms. Yet, the study was funded by the drug manufacturer which may have affected results ( 9 ).