A healthy respiratory response is essential for rapid recovery from immune challenges. Concentrated to be fast-acting, this formula contains Echinacea purpurea grown on Gaia's own certified organic farm for immune health, plus Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, and Barberry - all natural sources of the phytochemical Berberine, which benefits the mucous membranes.
Serving Size: 2 capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per 2 Capsules:
Alcohol-Free Concentrated Extracts of:
Echinacea purpurea root (Organic ingredient) 44 mg
Echinacea purpurea aerial parts (Organic ingredient) 44 mg
St. John's Wort flower buds (Hypericum perforatum)(Ecologically Cultivated) 40 mg
Goldenseal root (Hydrastis canadensis)(Ecologically Wildcrafted) 40 mg
Echinacea angustifolia root (Organic Ingredient) 36 mg
Barberry root (Berberis vulgaris)(Ecologically Wildcrafted) 30 m g
Oregon grape root (Berberis aquifolium)(Ecologically Wildcrafted) 30 mg
Echinacea purpurea seed (Organic ingredient) 8 mg
Standardized To Full Spectrum Activity Profile
Bioactivity Per 2 Capsules
Total Isobutylamides (from Echinacea) 1.52 mg
Total alkaloids 10 mg
Other ingredients: Vegetable glycerin, vegetable cellulose (capsule)
Each 2 capsules contain 3,900 mg crude herb equivalent
Take 2 capsules with a small amount of water every 2 hours at onset. Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs, please consult with your Doctor before using this product. Keep away from children. Use only as directed on label.
While the exact mechanism of action is not fully understood, many studies have demonstrated a beneficial effect on the immune system and a normalization of immune cells from use of Echinacea purpurea.
The exact mechanism of E. angustifolia's effect on the mucosal membranes has not been fully understood until recently. Research conducted by Gaia Herbs and several institutions and Universities has elucidated compounds that have restructured our understanding of how Echinacea works. These compounds are called RxA Factors and represent the alkylamide fractions known as isobutlyamides. RxA Factors are found in the roots of E. angustifolia and purpurea and also in the mature ripe seed of E. purpurea. RxA Factors help maintain a healthy inflammatory response. RxA Factors supports the tissues of the sinuses and throat that are exposed to airborne stressors and help support an acutely challenged immune system.
St. John's Wort
There have been hundreds of randomized controlled studies on St. Johns Wort Extract, many using the total Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD) and the Zerssen Depression scale (DS) while comparing the herbal extract to anti-depressant drugs. While not all studies have shown a positive clinical effect, the majority do favor a positive effect on mood, particularly when whole plant extracts are used. The flavonoids hypericin and hyperforin have been the most lauded chemicals contained in St. Johns Wort that may be responsible for its pharmacological activity; yet with all the research, it is still unclear which chemicals, if any, are responsible for its activity. The flowers contain many antioxidants such as Rutin, Quercitin, and Lutein. One of the best reviews published in Phytomedicine in 2002 compiled results from 34 controlled, double blinded studies on over 3000 patients and found positive results when using between 300 and 1000 mg of extract per day. More research is needed to determine the exact mechanism of therapeutic action in this plant.
The known actions of Goldenseal's constituents are vast, affecting the immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, nervous system and mucosal membranes in general. There have been numerous studies validating the immune potentiating effects of these chemicals.