The Power of Echinacea
Discover how Echinacea products can support your maintenance of good health.

The last few years have seen a great surge of interest in the health benefits of certain plants. You have no doubt seen countless news stories and scientific research about the healing benefits of Echinacea, a herb widely used to fight the sniffles and common cold. But have you ever wondered why this “Purple Coneflower” is so beneficial to our immune system?

A Herbaceous Plant
Native to North America, Echinacea is a perennial herb plant that has tall stems, bears single purple or pink flowers, and has a central cone that is usually brown in colour. Used for centuries by the Plains First Nations as a general “cure all,” researchers have studied Echinacea and its effects on the immune system since the 1930s.

Several studies suggest that Echinacea contains active substances that potently modulate the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have antiviral and antioxidant effects.

Growing in North America along roadsides in prairie fields and dry open woods, the Echinacea plant can be dried or pressed for use in order to extract juice. Often used medicinally, it can be found in a number of formats, including teas and ointments.

How is Echinacea beneficial to the body?
Studies have shown that Echinacea can have a modulatory / regulating effect on the immune system:

In fact, a review of 14 clinical trials found that Echinacea reduced the odds of developing a cold by 58%.

The difference between Echinaforce® , an extract of Echinacea purpurea aerial parts and roots, and other Echinacea products is both the research that has been done on it and the fact that it is made from fresh, not dried, plants, therefore providing you with more of the active ingredients to benefit you all winter.

Echinaforce® can inactivate many viruses, including rhinoviruses and influenza viruses (also including Tamiflu-resistant strains), as well as medically important respiratory bacteria, such Streptococcus pyogenes and Hemophilus influenzae.

Echinaforce® can potentially provide a triple benefit: inactivation of cold and flu viruses; inactivation of certain pathogenic respiratory bacteria; and anti-inflammatory activity (i.e., reversal of the pro-inflammatory response induced by the cold and flu infectious agents). This triple action can result in the alleviation of cold and flu symptoms and a shortening of the disease episode.

In addition, Echinaforce® is safe to take daily – as daily maintenance – for up to four months to prevent colds and flu without adverse side effects or rebound symptoms.And it can be used by pregnant or nursing women and by children ages 2+*.

It especially provides added benefits for those whose immune systems may be compromised- such as the elderly and children, those already battling an illness as well as those with increased risk factors. A study found that stress, inadequate sleep and smoking greatly increased the chances of infection and, for people in those groups, Echinaforce® offered an extra push to keep the immune system functioning at peak efficiency.

Echinaforce® tincture and tablets
A.Vogel’s Echinaforce® line of products has over 20 published studies under its belt! The Echinaforce® products:

– Clinically shown to help prevent and relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) such as the common cold and flu.
– Shortens the duration of URTI.
– Used in Herbal Medicine to support the immune system, especially in times of stress, lack of sleep and for smokers.
– Reduces bronchitis or pneumonia risk
– 100% natural and clinically proven
– Made from fresh, organic, GMO free plants
– Do not cause drowsiness
– Free of gluten and added colouring
– Tincture and tablet format available (Original, Extra-strength and Junior)
– NPN 80018273, NPN 80021981, NPN 80038468, NPN 80023238

New and exciting exclusive program
A.Vogel offers so much more than just the highest quality natural remedies on the market. Did you know that we have one of the most elaborate information driven website in the natural health industry? Check it out avogel.ca. Since A. Vogel started the company in 1923, providing information to his patients on how to maintain good health has been one of his life missions. Almost 100 years later, his philosophies still embody the heart of our brand.

As a result, we are pleased to invite you to sign up for the free A.Vogel Flu Coach Program this year! For 7 days you’ll receive information, tips and tricks straight into your mailbox to help you and your family keep unwanted viruses away this cold and flu season or to recover more quickly should you get sick!

*(excluding the Sore Throat Spray)

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References:
University of Maryland Medical Center, “Echinacea: General Overview.” Available online at www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/echinacea-000239.htm
Shah, SA, et al. Evaluation of echinacea for the prevention and treatment of the common cold : a meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2007;7(7):473-480
Schapowal A. Echinaforce® in the treatment of colds and ‘flu. Ars Medici Thema Phytotherapie 2010;4/5:1-4.