Echinacea is a little herb that has been a big topic in the health world for some time now. Does it fight colds or doesn't it? Is it safe or isn't it?
Well according to new reports Echinacea actually does reduce a person's risk of catching a cold significantly (by 58 percent). While the herb also shortened the duration of the average cold, researchers from the University of Connecticut said they weren't sure by how much.
Take this all with a grain of salt since the studies authors said they had only evaluated Echinacea's effectiveness for cold prevention, not the herb's overall safety. Plus if you're on the pill be especially careful since they are still figuring out if the herb can interfere with its effectiveness.