Herbal Formula Supports Immune Resistance
Echinacea is one of North America's most celebrated and relied-upon botanicals for mobilizing natural immune defenses. Modern studies have shown that it supports immune resistance by enhancing macrophage activity in vitro. Goldenseal is equally legendary as a winter health botanical. This combination is one of the most popular combinations of herbs in America. Despite its popularity, Planetary Formulas refused to come out with this product for many years so as not to contribute to the decimation of wild goldenseal populations. The echinacea and goldenseal roots used in this preparation are obtained from cultivated sources only, to insure that future generations have access to these precious botanicals.
Echinacea Supports Immune Resistance
Research by scientists worldwide is validating echinacea's many traditional uses. Echinacea's benefits have been linked to three primary constituent groups: caffeic acid derivatives (including cichoric acid), polysaccharides, and lipophilic (fat-soluble) compounds. Most research on echinacea has focused on its ability to support immune function, and specifically, to enhance the activity of macrophages - white blood cells that engulf and digest foreign particles in our bodies. Macrophage activity is an integral part of the immune response and of a person's innate general immune resistance.
Goldenseal: Traditional Winter Botanical
Goldenseal was used primarily by Native Americans along the East Coast of the United States. Beginning in the 1830's and continuing for decades, it was cited in such authoritative sources as the United States Dispensatory, the United States Pharmacopoeia and the National Formulary. Goldenseal's benefits are primarily associated with its high concentration of the alkaloid berberine.
Challenges to Wild Plant Populations
Concern over dwindling supplies of echinacea and goldenseal led Planetary Formulas to hold off for years on producing this popular winter combination. Wild plant populations have been challenged by the increasing use of botanical preparations in recent years. In the case of goldenseal, this led to restrictions on its export by the Convention in Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Planetary Formulas can now offer you a pure echinacea-goldenseal extract, guaranteed to contain 100% cultivated material. Most other echinacea - goldenseal preparations include other herbs or use wildcrafted materials. Echinacea-Goldenseal Liquid Extract is made with 100% cultivated herb material to avoid adulteration and help insure renewable supplies.
Serving Size: 1/2 teaspoon
Proprietary Blend: 2.5 ml
Echinacea Purpurea Root, Goldenseal Root, Echinacea Purpurea Seed (all cultivated).
Other Ingredients: grain alcohol (55%) and purified water.
Warning: Not for use during pregnancy.Suggested Use: Two droppersful three times daily undiluted, or in water, juice, or tea, or as recommended by your health care professional.