Boosting Your Child's Immune System With Echinacea and Elderberry
Winter is in full swing and with it comes all sorts of cold and flu bugs. As a parent, It's important to arm your child's immune system against these invaders.
While you can't always prevent them from getting sick, there are some things that you can do to boost their immune system and help them heal faster if they do get sick. One of the best things you can give your child is echinacea and elderberry.
Here, we'll explain what each of these herbs does and how they can help your child stay healthy. So keep reading for all the info you need on boosting your child's immune system with echinacea and elderberry!
What is Echinacea?
A strong immune system will help your child fight off colds and other illnesses better than a weak one. Echinacea is an herb that boosts your child's immune system and helps fight off infection caused by viruses or bacteria. This herb has been used for centuries and is derived from Echinacea purpurea, a plant native to many regions in North America.
Echinacea contains many different chemical compounds that are active against bacteria and viruses
- including polysaccharides which bind sugars on the surface of cells so they cannot attach themselves to human cells
- glycoproteins which stimulate the immune system
- alkamides which have anti-inflammatory and pain-killing effects.
These components give the herb its properties of being anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
Its most common uses include treating colds and flu symptoms as well as relieving allergy symptoms such as stuffy noses and itchy eyes.
Uses of Echinacea
Echinacea is used by some in an attempt to:
- reduce the severity and duration of the common cold
- reduce the incidence of upper respiratory infections
- reduce inflammation in the body and brain
- lower blood sugar
- reduce feelings of anxiety
- treat acne
- heal wounds
Echinacea and Your Kid’s Immune System
Echinacea has been shown to boost the immune system of kids by resolving cold episodes and other upper respiratory infections in children.
In this 2020 study, the effects of echinacea were studied in treating acute cold episodes in children. A total of 68 children with 130 cold episodes were included in the study. It was revealed that echinacea was a valuable option for treating cold episodes, as most of the symptoms were resolved after a short period.
Another 2021 study investigated whether echinacea reduces antibiotic usage in children through respiratory tract infection prevention. A total of 200 healthy children aged 4–12 years were included in the study. The researchers concluded that Echinacea reduced the use of antibiotics in children and prevented RTIs.
While studies on the effects of echinacea on kids’ immune system are still being carried out, some existing studies show that echinacea may help boost immunity by preventing colds and/or treating colds.
So if you’re looking for a way to boost your child’s immune system this winter, Echinacea will be very helpful.
If your kid already has a cold, Echinacea can help resolve it. However, it can also be used as a preventative to keep your child’s immune system strong.
What is Elderberry?
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae. It has been used medicinally for centuries, most notably to treat colds and flu symptoms.
Elderberry is a natural way to help improve immune system function in kids. The berries are rich in flavonoids and anthocyanins, which may help reduce inflammation and fight infection.
Elderberry appears to have antiviral properties as well, which could help shorten the duration of a cold or flu. Black elderberry is also high in fiber which helps in promoting a healthy digestive tract.
Elderberry and Your Kid’s Immune System
Elderberry has recorded some positive results in treating colds and boosting the immune system of kids.
Aside from the fact that it is rich in proanthocyanidins, an antioxidant, it’s also rich in immune-boosting ingredients including vitamin C which is used for treating and preventing colds.
In a study on whether oral elderberry is effective in treating influenza, it was discovered that elderberry was a more efficient, safe, and cost-effective alternative for treating influenza.
Another 2019 study by the University of Sydney confirmed that elderberry could minimize flu symptoms.
How does it do this?
The compounds in elderberry prevent the virus entry and replication in human cells and help strengthen a person’s immune system to the virus.
So if your kid is battling cold and flu this season, elderberry can help in treatment or as a preventative measure.
How Much and How Often Should You Give Your Child Echinacea and Elderberry
Because Echinacea and Elderberries are dietary supplements, it is not regulated by the FDA. This means there is no legally recommended dose for its use. The dosing instructions on the product you buy are your best guide for determining the right dosage.
At Privinta, each of our Immune Improve Gummy contains 400 mg of Echinacea and 200 mg of elderberry.
Our dosage is advised from years of research and consultation with medical professionals.
Is Echinacea and Elderberry Safe For Children?
Echinacea and elderberry are considered relatively safe for children.
The only reaction from a study on Echinacea effect on kids was the occurrence of rash after administering the herb for some of the kids used in the study.
The majority of the studies reported no effects.
Privinta Immune Improve For Kids: Immune Support Supplement
Privinta Immune Supplement gummy is designed to help your child’s body fight off germs and diseases easily.
It is made of two potent immune support ingredients - Echinacea and Elderberry.
Echinacea is high in antioxidants that help defend your cells against oxidative stress, a state that has been linked to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and many others.
It is also useful in boosting the immune system, by combating infections and helping your kid recover quickly from illnesses. Echinacea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce excess inflammation.
Elderberry is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that boost your child’s immune system. They help reduce inflammation, lessen stress, and help protect your child’s heart, too. Elderberry is recommended by experts to help prevent and ease cold and flu symptoms.
Each Privinta immune improve gummy contains up to 400mg of Echinacea extract, and 200mg of elderberry extract which is guaranteed to keep your child’s immune system in good condition during the winter and all year round.
Our supplement is 100% natural and free of gelatin, soy, milk, nuts, eggs, artificial colors, and preservatives. Rest assured that your child is not consuming any harmful additives.
Plus our natural raspberry flavor makes it yummier!