A.Vogel Echinaforce® Junior
A.Vogel Echinaforce® Junior
Tooth friendly chewable tablets
Cold symptom reliever. Fortifies children’s immune system ahead of the cold season. Great chewable orange tablets to take at first sign of cold symptoms.
A.Vogel Echinaforce® Junior
- Efficacy clinically proven
- Organic cultivation certified by Bio Suisse
- Gluten-, sugar- and lactose-free
Prevention is the first line of defense for getting through the cold and flu season successfully.
A.Vogel Echinaforce® Echinacea Tablets helps your immune system stop germs before an infection takes hold. The active ingredients in this remedy decrease the ability of infectious agents to penetrate within the body's cells. They also improve the speed at which the immune cells respond to invading germs.
A.Vogel Echinaforce® Echinacea Tablets can be taken daily for prevention of infections. Prevention is especially important for those who are more vulnerable to developing infections, it helps to:
maintain an immune system that remains on alert and deals promptly with the first signs of infection
reduce the need for antibiotics or other prescription medication
helps maintain a better quality of life with fewer sick days away from school or the office.
wash hands with soap and water regularly to help prevent the spread of infection
get at least 8 hours of restful sleep at night
walk for at least 20 minutes outdoors per day
feed your body whole, natural foods
Each tablet contains dry extract of:
Fresh organically grown* Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) Herb (ratio 5:1) ...6.35 mg, equivalent to 31.7 mg of organically grown* dried herb;
Root (ratio 5.5:1) ...0.33 mg, equivalent to 1.8 mg of organically grown* dried root.
Sorbitol, cyclodextrin, colloidal silicon dioxide, natural orange flavour, vegetable magnesium stearate.
* Certified by Bio Suisse
15 minutes before meals:
Children 2 to 4 years old: Chew 1 tablet, once daily.
Children 5 to 9 years old: Chew 1 tablet, twice daily.
Duration of use: May be used for up to 8 weeks.
Long before the coming of the European settlers, the native Americans used Echinacea (also called Purple Cone Flower) to treat a variety of problems, from infections to snake bites. In the United States, Echinacea was popularized by the eclectic physicians` movement in the 19th Century. After that, its use was almost forgotten until the 1980`s. In Europe, however, Echinacea was popular with the medical world from the beginning of the Century and has been the subject of numerous clinical studies. Today, Echinacea is the most widely sold medicinal herb in the world.
Actions and pharmacology
In vitro studies have allowed the discovery of Echinacea’s action mechanism: its polysaccharides and polyacetylenes fractions stimulate the phagocytosis of macrophages and the production of cytokines like interleukine-1, interleukine-6 (also called interferon beta), interleukine-10 and TNF alpha factor. This effect shows Echinacea’s ability to stimulate the immune system in cases of infection.(1)
Chicoric acid and analogues derived from caffeic acid are presently under investigation for their effect on HIV-1 replication.(2)
Echinacea, particularly the echinacosides and caffeic acid derivatives, might protect collagen structures against degradation (oxidation) caused by free radicals. This antioxidant effect is also useful to relieve the inflammation generated by the immune system during its fight against the viruses of colds.
Many clinical studies demonstrate Echinacea’s efficacy as an immune system stimulant.(3-5) According to the authors of an important meta-analysis (a review of articles on clinical studies), Echinacea is effective against respiratory infections, especially if taken as soon as the first symptoms appear.(6)
Echinaforce® specifically has also been the subject of conclusive clinical studies. A double-blind placebo-controlled study was conducted in Sweden on Echinaforce® tablets. 246 patients suffering from colds took either 6 Echinaforce® tablets daily, a special Echinacea preparation (7 times more concentrated), another form of Echinacea, or a placebo. Echinaforce® and the concentrated preparation were equally effective in reducing cold symptoms and significantly more effective than the other Echinacea preparation or the placebo.(7)
Another study conducted on 119 patients demonstrated a 60% improvement of cold symptoms with Echinaforce® tablets compared to a placebo.(8)
A recent study (April 2002) on 48 volunteers showed that Echinacea significantly increases one of the markers of immune system stimulation: properdine.(9)
According to a recent pilot study, an Echinacea extract seems to reduce the side effects of certain chemotherapy medications.(10)
Precautions, contraindications and interactions
Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking immunosuppressants, or if you have a progressive systemic disease such as: tuberculosis, leucosis, collagenosis or multiple sclerosis.
Do not use if you have an allergy to the Asteraceae/Compositae (daisy) family and in case of known allergy to any of the ingredients in the product.
Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.
Do not use if security cap is broken. Keep out of reach of children.
1. Burger Ra, Torres AR, Warren RP et al. Echinacea-induced cytokine by human macrophages. Int J Immunopharmacol 1997;19(7):371-9.
2. Lin Z, Neamati N, Zhao H et al. Chicoric acid analogues as HIV-1 integrase inhibitors. J Med Chem 1999;42(8):1401-14.
3. Gunning K. Echinacea in the treatment and prevention of upper respiratory tract infections. West J Med 1999;171:198-200.
4. Barrett B, Vohmann M, Calabrese C. Echinacea for upper respiratory infection. J Fam Pract 1999;48:628-35.
5. Grimm W, Muller HH. A randomized controlled trial of the effect of fluid extract of Echinacea purpurea on the incidence and severity of colds and respiratory infections. Am J Med 1999;106:138-43.
6. Barrett B, Vohmann M et Calabrese C. Echinacea for Upper respiratory infection. J Fam Pract 1999;48(8):628-35.
7. Brinkeborn RM, Shah DV, Degenring FH. Echinaforce® and other Echinacea fresh plant preparations in the treatment of the common cold. A randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind clinical trial. Phytomedicine 1999 Mar;6(1):1-6
8. Brinkeborn RM, Shah DV, Geissbühler S, Degenring FH. Echinaforce® dans le traitement des états grippaux aigus. Schweiz Zschr GanzheitsMedizin 1998;10(1):26-9.
9. Kim LS, Waters RF, Burkholder PM. Immunological activity of larch arabinogalactan and Echinacea: A preliminary, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Altern Med Rev 2002 Apr;7(2):138-149
10. Gallo M, Sarkar M, Au W et al. Pregnancy outcome following gestational exposure to echinacea: a prospective controlled study. Arch Intern Med 2000;160(20):3141-3