As the holiday season winds down, we can sometimes feel a little worn down and be more susceptible to colds and flu.
A.Vogel Echinaforce was developed by natural health pioneer, Alfred Vogel, who experimented over his lifetime to find the most effective echinacea formula to make his patients stronger and healthier.
While many echinacea products on the market are formulated using just the root of the plant, Echinaforce combines the root and herb together - the root for its anti-inflammatory action, which helps to reduce symptoms, and the herb for its anti-viral properties. When the herb and root are combined they provide optimum protection and the widest range of actions, effectively countering infections and minimising symptoms.
The aerial part of the Echinacea plant is now known to have a direct anti-viral action, interfering with the way cold and flu viruses enter human cells to minimise the chance of infection. It also reduces infectiousness and the transmission of viruses to other people. Meanwhile the anti-inflammatory mode of action reduces cold and flu symptoms in those infected and limits the amount of mucus produced by respiratory cells.
Dr Margaret Richie from the University of Edinburgh explains that the extraction process to use different parts of the plant has been shown to produce different results.
“Not all herbal medicines are standardised, meaning that a range of products labelled Echinacea can be formulated differently and may produce different results. I’ve used A.Vogel Echinaforce in previous trials for its herb and root composition and because it is made using fresh echinacea, which has been shown to produce stronger anti-viral activity compared to dried alternatives. It has also undergone biochemical profiling that ensures that each batch is produced to the same high quality.”