Flu season is upon us. Temperatures are dropping; snowstorms are imminent. I’m sure anyone would rather sit by the fire with family and friends and enjoy the holiday season in health—than be sick in bed.
So what’s the best way to protect yourself? Dress warm and stay in warm environments. Make sure to keep your head warm at night. When you feel weakened by a cold, stress or overwork, take extra care of yourself. Eat hearty warm meals, hot drinks and relax to let your body recover.
But there is another silver bullet: echinacea. It is the most researched plant for prevention and treatment of the cold, and it works. (See Pubmed for studies). Derived from the beautiful echinacea flower plant, it stimulates the immune system to fight off all infections — not just the common cold. It binds to one of the cannabinoid receptors —but unlike medical cannabis— it binds to the receptor responsible for stimulating the immune system, not to the psychoactive receptors that cause the intoxicating effect of medical cannabis.
But not all echinacea products are created equal. A.Vogel Echinaforce® Extra is a cut above. A.Vogel grows its echinacea from seeds on its own farms. The seeds themselves are also organically produced by A. Vogel. The plants are grown organically in very stable environmental conditions. Once harvested, the fresh plants (including flowers, leaves and roots) are quickly ground and the extraction process begins. The result is a super-charged extract from a live plant, as opposed to a dried one. It packs a pure, effective punch.
See you next time.