Bioforce AG: Largest Echinacea Trial Proves Prevention of Colds and Flu
ROGGWIL, Switzerland, September 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Colds and flu are the most frequent illnesses experienced by the Western world. They
lead to tremendous costs to public health and the economy, being the leading cause of
absences from work and school. This is especially the case during the autumn and winter
months when almost everyone suffers colds or flu a few times.
Despite decades of pharmaceutical research, scientists have not found a specific way to
prevent the disease. The key reason for this is the enormous variety of viruses causing
colds or flu – today, more than 200 different respiratory viruses are known and new
viruses are discovered every year. An alternative approach to preventing colds is to build
the body’s immune resistance.
Prevention and reduction of painmedication
Extracts made from the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) are successfully used for
this purpose. Recently, scientists in the United Kingdom performed the world’s largest
clinical study using Echinacea. The conclusions were clear – the use of a specific extract
of Echinacea (Echinaforce(R)) was able to fight off recurrent cold episodes, reduce the
days with colds and the need for synthetic pain-relievers containing paracetamol or
ibuprofen commonly used to treat the symptoms of colds and flu.
Effective prevention for those susceptible to colds
Stress, poor sleep, or smoking have a negative impact on the immune system and make people
more susceptible to infections. Intriguingly, the strongest protection against colds and
flu was seen in individuals with increased stress and/or recurrent infections. The
negative impacts of stress or poor sleep appear to be compensated on the level of the
immune system during long-term intake of Echinaforce(R), resulting in a higher resistance
Safe for long-term use
Another very important conclusion of this latest study is that even after using
Echinaforce(R) for 4 months, no further adverse events occurred with Echinaforce(R) than
with placebo and the tolerability was very good.
A strong immune resistance is a basic pre-requisite for the attainment of good health
and performance. Extracts from the purple coneflower provide effective and safe immune
support during periods of stress and throughout the whole winter season.
Further information for healthcare specialised media: : http://www.bioforce.com/echinaforce Contact & further information Bioforce AG Clemens Umbricht Gruenaustrasse 4 CH-9325 Roggwil TG / Switzerland Tel.: +41-71-335-66-80 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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