What is Organic Echinacea Purpurea (Whole Plant) Powder Extract?

What is Organic Echinacea Purpurea (Whole Plant) Powder Extract?

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Organic Echinacea Purpurea (Whole Plant) Powder Extract

What it is:

Echinacea Purpurea (aka purple coneflower) is a flower native to North America and is related to the daisy (1). It’s name comes from echinos, which is Greek for hedgehog, due to the resemblance between the spines of an angry hedgehog and the plant’s prickly, large conical seed head (1). The whole plant powder extract is exactly what it sounds like – the dried extract created by using all parts of the plant. ‘Organic’ means the flowers were grown without the use of toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge (among other things).

What it does:

Echinacea purpurea has a long history of medicinal use for a variety of conditions, originally used by the Native Americans for over 400 hundred years (1). Today echinacea products are among the best-selling herbal preparations in many countries (2). Since 1930, over 300 studies have been published around the world verifying the effectiveness of echinacea with the broadest body of evidence demonstrating support for a healthy immune system† (2-8).

Why we use it:

With its long history of safe and effective immunity support, it was an obvious choice for our Immunity Plus – a delicious food or drink mix that’s great for the whole family!


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  8. Yamada, K., Hung, P., Park, T. K., Park, P. J., & Lim, B. O. (2011). A comparison of the immunostimulatory effects of the medicinal herbs Echinacea, Ashwagandha and Brahmi. Journal of ethnopharmacology,137(1), 231-235.


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