Natural Factors Echinamide Anti-Viral, 60 Softgels
- Contains ECHINAMIDE, the only phytomedicinal containing standardized levels of Echinacea purpurea's key active compounds
- Clinically tested, certified organic Canadian echinacea
- Proprietary blend of ECHINAMIDE, lomatium, astragalus, reishi mushroom, and licorice
- Easy-to-swallow softgels
Certain plants contain compounds that increase the immune system’s response. The active compounds in echinacea stimulate phagocytosis, the process by which white blood cells destroy foreign invaders, including bacteria and viruses. Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) enhances the activity of natural killer (NK) cells that rapidly respond to viral infection. Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum) contains compounds called furocoumarins that disrupt the ability of viruses to replicate. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) inhibits viruses from attaching to and penetrating host cells. Beta-glucans derived from reishi enhance the function of many immune cells, including monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, neutrophils, and NK cells. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) contains glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid, with immune-stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties.
Astragalus, reishi, and licorice all induce production of interferon, a signalling protein that triggers the immune system to attack infected cells and interferes with the ability of viruses to replicate.
- Theoretically, echinacea may interfere with drugs that are purposely used to suppress the immune system such as cyclophosphamide, used in patients who have had organ transplants to prevent the immune system from rejecting the transplanted organ.
- Echinacea should not be used by people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or human-immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Echinacea use may lead to stimulation of viral replication. Until more research is done, most experts recommend not using echinacea effects in HIV infection.
- Allergic reactions have been reported in people who are allergic to other members of plants in the Compositae family (daisy, ragweed, marigolds, etc.)
- People with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis should avoid long-term use of echinacea.
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