Echinacea & Goldenseal Root
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 it’s 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
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.
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?
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.
is used for infections of the mucus membranes, including the mouth, sinuses,
throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract and vagina.
is used for the following conditions:
healing - goldenseal can be used as a topical anti-microbial to speed
- bladder infections
infections of the skin - used topically
- sinus and
chest congestion - due to goldenseal's expectorant and antimicrobial
Echinacea & Goldenseal Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 100
purpurea root extract 6:1**
Burdock (Arctium lappa) root
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root
Red Clover (Trifolium pretense) root
Ginger (Zingiber offinale) root
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum) fruit
* Percent Daily Values are based
on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
** Equivalent to 200 mg E. purpurea root powder.
Capsule (gelatin, water), rice powder, magnesium stearate and silica
Our full spectrum Echinacea Purpurea Extract is
produced by a European phyto-pharmaceutical company under strict European
quality control standards without the use of harsh chemicals.
Our Goldenseal Root is ecologically farm grown
without the use of harmful chemicals. The root is not harvested from the wild
and therefore, the endangered wild population of goldenseal is not adversely impacted.
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