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Echinacea purpurea, also known as purple coneflower, is widely used over the continent. Echinacea is considered to have many uses, however the herb is best known for boosting the immune system and helping prevent viral and bacterial infections, especially those in the respiratory area.
Echinacea has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-allergenic properties. These properties make it particularly popular as a preventative supplement, taken to prevent getting an infection and shortening the length of time an infection lasts, as well as reducing the pain or severity of an allergy.
Echinacea is rich in beneficial constituents. Organic phenolic compounds present include echinacoside (a caffeic acid derivative), cichoric acid (particulalry high in Echinacea purpurea compared to other species), chlorogenic acid and cynarin. It is one of the most well researched herbs available, with many published reports demonstrating its active properties.
Although analysis of Echinacea purpurea has yielded an array of chemical constituents with some pharmacological activity, it is the organic phenolic compounds that are used for standardised procedures.
Standardised extracts are favoured by Lamberts since the extraction and concentration procedures ensure that the herbal product is far more potent than those products based on a powdered whole herb, where no attempt is made to concentrate the active ingredients. Lamberts 250mg Echinacea extract is made from over 100mg of dried powder and is therefore likely to be 4 times stronger than a product containing simply 250mg of powdered plant materials.
Take 1 tablet twice a day. Echinacea is best taken for 2 to 3 week periods.
Less than 1 hour.