Updated 10 March 2016

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Some people swear by Echinacea to fight colds and flu, while others are not convinced.

Research published in Virology found Echinacea effectively blocked the replication of various influenza strains, like seasonal types, as well as the pandemic bird- and swine-flu viruses.

So, when you’re getting your 2016 cold and flu arsenal stocked up, it may be a good idea to include Echinacea.

Read more on Echinacea and the flu.


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