Individually, both Echinacea and
Goldenseal are viewed as beneficial in supporting the body's healthy overall
immune function, protecting and soothing mucous membranes and enhancing its
response to stress. When combined, a unique synergism occurs that makes this
one of the most effective supplements available to promote optimal wellness.
Though its been traditionally used to enhance immunity, recent studies have
shown that the combination may also promote healthy digestion, soothe dry
throats, wash bacteria from the urinary tract and support healthy skin.*
Echinacea herbal medicines are
traditionally used for treatment of inflammatory and viral diseases such as
cold, cough and upper respiratory infections. Recent studies show that they
can also be used as antioxidants or free radical terminators to prevent
cardiovascular disease, arthritis and aging. In fact, Echinacea has become
one of the most widely used herbal medicines and dietary supplements in
Europe, North America, and Australia.
The parts of Echinacea used in herbal medicines are the roots and aerial
parts of three species: Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea. angustifolia and
Echinacea pallida. The main active compounds of Echinacea are caffeic acid
derivatives (phenolic compounds), alkamides and polysaccharides. Among
caffeic acid derivatives, several components, such as caftaric acid,
chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, echinacoside and chichoric acid, are
identified from Echinacea extracts. Chicoric acid is the major phenolic
compound in E. purpurea, but minor in E. angustifolia and E. pallida.
Echinacoside is the main phenolic compound in E. angustifolia and E. pallida,
but only trace is found in E. purpurea.
Studies have shown that chichoric acid has immuno stimulating effects, as well
as antioxidant properties. Recently, it has been found to inhibit HIV-1
replication. Echinacoside does not contribute its immuno stimulating activity,
but it has antioxidant and cicatrizing activities.
The pharmacological activity of each Echinacea species appears to reflect the
slight variation in the amount of active ingredients and their chemical
profiles. All three species of Echinacea are found to have a protective
effect on the free radical-induced degradation of collagen, which is probably
due to its polyphenolic compounds. Extracts of E. purpurea roots have greater
free radical scavenging capacity than those of E. pallida or E. angustifolia
due to more amounts of phenolics constitute found in E. purpurea. E. purpurea
is also well known to boost the immune system in prevention of common cold,
flu and chronic respiratory infections because it is rich in cichoric acid.
Nutraceutical preparations of Echinacea are primarily based on the extracts
or juices from their roots, leaves, stems and flowers. In herbals and supplements
of Echinacea, the active ingredients in recommended therapeutic amounts
depend upon the quality of plant material, preparation procedures,
formulations and storage conditions. These active ingredients, especially
phenolic acids, are mainly responsible for the pharmacological activities of
Echinacea extracts and plant materials. Therefore, the profile of their
content represents a useful fingerprint to define the identity and the
quality of these products.
To ensure the quality of products, it is important to have reliable and
practical analytical methods for the determination of phenolic acids in
complex natural matrices. It is also a necessary step to clearly identify the
different species of Echinacea to distinguish the efficacy of the different plants
and their parts for a proper therapeutic usage.
Why Do People Use Goldenseal?
Goldenseal is a bitter that
stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and can also be used as an
expectorant. It also has strong activity against a variety of bacteria, yeast,
and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida.
Goldenseal is used for infections
of the mucus membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines,
stomach, urinary tract and vagina.
Goldenseal is used for the
- wound healing - goldenseal can be used as a topical
anti-microbial to speed wound healing.
- bladder infections
- fungal infections of the skin - used topically
- colds & flu
- sinus and chest congestion - due to goldenseal's
expectorant and antimicrobial action.
Serving Size: 2 capsules
Servings Per Container: 50
Echinacea purpurea Root Powder
Goldenseal Root Powder
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
+ Daily Value not established.
Serving Size: 2 capsules
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules 2 to 4 times a day.
Free of: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule) and Stearic Acid.
Warnings: Continuous high level consumption of this product for more than 2
weeks of each month is not recommended.
Caution: Please discard the inedible freshness packet enclosed.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Natural color
variations may occur in
As Always, consult your physician before taking any and