Meet your herbs - Echinacea

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea, also commonly known as purple coneflower is an immune boosting super herb. 

The plant's history is relatively short with historic records only dating its use back to the 18th century. This is compared to some other herbs, like Elderberry, where its use has been dated back thousands of years. 

The plant is native to North America where it was traditionally used by native Americans for a range of things including chewing the root for toothache, soothing a sore throat, wounds and even snake bites. And even though the plant is native to North America, commercial cultivation was started in Germany around 1939.

There are 3 different genus’ of Echinacea: 

  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Echinacea angustifolia
  • Echinacea pallida

  • We use Echinacea purpurea in our An Extra Dose of Immunity because it is the plant with the highest concentration of active constituents such as Alkylamides, Polysaccharides, and Glycoproteins. These compounds all contribute to the immune boosting properties of the plant. 

    The root of the Echinacea plant contains the majority of the beneficial compounds, which is the part that we have used. However a number of supplements use the flower of the Echinacea plant which is less active. Read here to find out why it’s important to use the correct part of the plant. 

     


    What are the benefits?

    Extracts of Echinacea have immunostimulating properties which helps to kickstart the immune system in times of stress. Scientific literature has described a number of mechanisms including enhanced function of natural killer cells (play an important role in the host response against viral infections and cancer development), differentiation of dendritic cells ( act as messengers between the innate and the adaptive immune systems.), leukocyte activity (protect the body against both infectious disease and foreign invaders), and phagocytosis (a process wherein a cell binds to the item it wants to engulf on the cell surface and draws the item inward while engulfing around it). 

    Together all these processes boost the immune system when under attack. 


    Why Echinacea?

    Combining Echinacea with Black Elderberry in Mānuka Honey is like a three punch combo. All three together will work and help give your immune system the best chance to tackle the next thing that attacks it.

    We’ve used a potent extract, and it’s easy to tell that it’s potent because the raw extract gives the mouth a tingling sensation when tasted. Echinacea can also be found in other forms like Echinacea tea. This is however not as effective because tea is usually made from the leaves of the plant which are not as potent and they are only steeped in water. The root extract that we use is not only more potent, but you are also consuming it rather than just the water that it’s steeped in.

     

    How much Echinacea should I take? 

    Always take the recommended dosage. There are some reports out there that you can take too much Echinacea supplement, however they don’t include any research or amounts. Too much of anything can be bad for you though.

    We have taken a lot of care in choosing the right amount for you in An Extra Dose of Immunity. Together with a herbalist we have measured the optimum amount to per dose so that it is potent enough to help boost your immune system, but will not cause any side effects. Each dose of An Extra Dose of Immunity is a therapeutic dose. Want to learn more about what a therapeutic dose is? Read on...



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