Echinacea Purpurea is a flowering plant related to the sunflower family. It has been used in Native American medicine for a wide range of applications, including healing wounds, respiratory infections, and bites. Today, it is used in a range of pharmaceuticals and medications and closely studied for its potential to support the immune system during periods of stress.

Biochemical Properties

Echinacea Pupurea contains a range of bioactive compounds, including alkamides, glycoproteins, and polysaccharides. It primarily functions as an antioxidant by protecting cells and nerves from damage and the additional alkamides and other compounds found in echinacea have shown to help potentiate this function.

Some studies have shown that supplementing Echinacea can have a substantial effect on the immune system’s response to infection, with some reporting a 50% lower risk in developing an infection.

Related Studies

Echinacea purpurea: Pharmacology, phytochemistry and analysis methods

Synergistic antioxidative effects of alkamides, caffeic acid derivatives, and polysaccharide fractions from Echinacea purpurea on in vitro oxidation of human low-density lipoproteins

Evaluation of echinacea for the prevention and treatment of the common cold: a meta-analysis