Echinacea is a popular but very underestimated herb due to misunderstanding of what constitutes "real" Echinacea.
- Alkylamides are the only components found in the blood stream after oral ingestion of Echinacea.
- Alkylamides are therefore used as markers of quality and activity of the herb.
- The root of Echinacea is the preferred plant part because it has the highest level of alkylamides.
- Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea are the preferred species because they contain the highest amounts of alkylamides.
- Echinacea must be extracted using a sufficiently high alcohol percentage to extract the alkylamides.
- Echinacea modulates the immune response by the interaction of alkylamides with the CB2 receptors.
- Echinacea boosts the white blood cell count, especially natural killer (NK) cells.
Posted on Wed, November 11, 2015
by Heidi Gilchrist