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Fast look of Echinacea extract

Mar 15, 2022

About Echinacea

Echinacea has a long history of use in Europe and the United States. In the 1950s, Germany began extensive research on the chemical components of Echinacea. Many phytochemicals were isolated and purified from echinacea extracts for the first time. It is a very small number of experiments. This plants can  stimulates immunity, there are currently more than 800 products on the global market that contain echinacea.

Active compound

The functional components of echinacea include phenolic acids, polysaccharides, alkane amides, polyethylene, glycoproteins, etc. Among them, phenolic acids, polysaccharides and alkane amides are the focus of research, and have great relevance to the regulation of the immune system. Phenolic acids are mainly caffeic acid derivatives, including caftaric acid, cichoric acid, chlorogenic acid and echinacoside, etc., which are similar types of caffeic acid Derivatives (Caffeic acid derivatives).

actives in echinacea extract

The main active ingredients in echinacea, among which chlorogenic acid, cichoric acid and echinacoside are phenolic compounds, and more than 20 kinds of alkanoyl amido compounds have been found. Figure D shows one of the main alkanoyls in echinacea. Structural formula of ammonia

Production Process:

Echinacea raw material-----crushing----alcohol extraction-----extract liquid----concentrated to no alcohol----concentrated liquid----concentration under reduced pressure----extract-- ---Spray drying---semi-finished product---crushing, sieving, mixing---inspection---mixing, packaging---storage

The current industrialized Echinacea extract mainly has the following specifications:

Echinacea Extract Character

[Chinese name] Echinacea extract

[English name] Echinacea Extract

[Latin name] Echinacea Purpurea L

[Appearance] Brown yellow or yellow green fine powder

[Source] The stem, leaf and root of Echinacea purpurea

[Active ingredients] Echinacea polyphenols. Polyphenols include four components: cichoric acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and echinacea saponin. Among them, cichoric acid is the most important component.


In the Echinacea plant, the content of phenolic acid is quite high. After breeding and selection, the total phenolic acid content in the leaves can reach more than 5% of the dry weight. Past studies have confirmed that phenolic acid has multiple biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, preventing thrombosis, inhibiting tumor proliferation, anti-oxidation, and scavenging free radicals. The medical community has also found that increasing the intake of phenolic acid can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. The formation of various cancers.