Echinaforce optimizes your immune defense

Pharmacist Sherry Torkos talks immune health and provides tips on how to protect your family from prevelant viral infections

Cold and Flu

Sherry Torkos
Sherry Torkos

20 January 2021

Hi, I'm Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
As a pharmacist, I am often asked "What can I do to optimize my immune system and protect myself against viral infections."
In addition to hand washing, social distancing and following a healthy diet, there are certain supplements that can help.
While vaccinations are rolling out, it's critical that we all take important steps to stay healthy by strengthening our immunity.
A recent in vitro study published in the Virology Journal showed promising results against members of the coronavirus family, including SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. In a controlled laboratory environment, tissues from the respiratory system were infected with Covid-19 and then exposed to A.Vogel's Echinaforce. Results Echinaforce to have anti-viral activity against respiratory viral infections, such as MERS, SARS-CoV-1 and CoV-2. (Covid-19).
Further research on the effects in humans is currently underway to assess the potential benefits of Echinaforce against coronaviruses. However, previous clinical research has shown it offers antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help prevent and treat symptoms of a wide range of upper respiratory tract infections.
The benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for immune health are well known.


Eating plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables will help provide your immune system with antioxidants, such as vitamin A, C and E and other essential nutrients such as zinc and selenium.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is also very important for immune health. Recent studies have found a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and both the risk and severity of infections. While we don't know for sure what role vitamin D will play in the battle against coronavirus, we do know it's important for immune health.
It's hard to get enough vitamin D from diet and sun exposure, so consider taking a supplement to make sure you're getting adequate amounts.


Lastly during these stressful times make time for regular exercise, such as walking and strive for 7-8 hours of sleep at night. Both these elements are vital to the health of our immune system and overall well-being.



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(2) Sharma M, Anderson SA, Schoop R, Hudson JB: Induction of multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines by respiratory viruses and reversal by standardized Echinacea, a potent antiviral herbal extract. Antiviral Res. 2009 Aug;83(2):165-70 (

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