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ArmaForce

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ArmaForce

120 tablets
  • Relieve symptoms & decrease duration of upper respiratory tract infections, bronchial cough and colds
  • Nutritional support for healthy immune function
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    Summary:

    ArmaForce supplies nutritional support for healthy immune function. Combining the herbal and nutritional ingredients Andrographis, Echinacea, Olive leaf, Vitamin C and Zinc, ArmaForce is scientifically formulated to relieve the symptoms and decrease the duration of upper respiratory tract infections, bronchial cough & colds.

    Each tablet provides:

    • 62.5 mg andrographolides from standardised extracts of andographis (supporting healthy immune function)
    • Echinacea root and olive leaf - both shown to relieve symptoms of mild upper respiratory catarrh
    • Vitamin C and zinc - providing nutritional support for healthy immune function

     

    Directions:

    Take 1-2 tablets once or twice daily or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.

     

    Precautions:

    Not to be used in children under 2 years of age unless under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner. If coughing persists consult your healthcare practitioner. 

     

    Each Capsule Contains:

    Herbal extracts equiv. dry:  

    • Andrographis paniculata (andrographis) leaf 2.25 g
    • Echinacea purpurea (echinacea) root 750 mg
    • Olea europaea (olive) leaf 750 mg

     

    Nutrients:

    • Zinc (as amino acid chelate) 5 mg
    • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) 250 mg

     

    Education:

    Andrographis paniculata
    Andrographis paniculata contains the active constituent andrographolides (diterpene lactones). Several double-blind clinical trials have found that Andrographis paniculata reduces the severity of common cold symptoms such as sore throat, upper respiratory catarrh, bronchial cough and fever.[4-7]

    Echinacea purpurea

    Echinacea purpurea has been traditionally used to support immune function and provide relief of upper respiratory catarrh, sore throat and feverish conditions.[2,6]

    Chicoric acid

    Found in E. purpurea, increases phagocytic activity in vivo after oral administration.[8]

    Olea europaea
    Olea europaea is used in traditional western herbal medicine for respiratory ailments such as cough and sore throat.[2,9,10] The primary active constituent of Olea europaea is oleuropein. When hydrolysed by plasma enzymes oleuropein is broken down to D-elenolic acid (calcium elenolate) which enters infected cells to strengthen immune defence.[9]

    Vitamin C
    Numerous clinical studies support the use of vitamin C in reducing the severity and duration of colds.[11] Ascorbic acid enhances neutrophil activity and, by reducing plasma histamine levels, dampens the histamine response which includes symptoms of runny nose and watery eyes.[2,11,12]

    Zinc
    Zinc is the structural component of a wide variety of proteins, neuropeptides, hormone receptors and cell membranes. It inhibits the release of histamine from basophils and is necessary for the healthy production of lymphocytes.[13,14]

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    [3] Andrographis, Olive. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Viewed 31 Mar 2008 http://www.naturaldatabase.com
    [4] Thamlikitkul V, Dechatiwongse T, Theerapong S, Chantrakul C, Boonroj P, Punkrut W, et al. Efficacy ofAndrographis paniculata, Nees for pharyngotonsillitis in adults. J Med Assoc Thai 1991 Oct;74(10):437-442.
    [5] Caceres DD, Hancke JL, Burgos RA, Sandberg F, Wikman GK. Use of visual analogue scale measurements (VAS) to assess the effectiveness of standardized Andrographis paniculata extract SHA-10 in reducing the symptoms of common cold: a randomized double blind-placebo study. Phytomedicine 1999 Oct;6(4):217-223.
    [6] Mills S, Bone K. Principles and practice of phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.
    [7] Coon JT, Ernst E. Andrographis paniculata in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections: a systematic review of safety and efficacy. Planta Med 2004 Apr;70(4):293-298.
    [8] Bradley P. British herbal compendium: a handbook of scientific information on widely used plant drugs. Bournemouth: British Herbal Medicine Association, 2006.
    [9] Roxas M, Jurenka J. Colds and influenza: a review of diagnosis and conventional, botanical, and nutritional considerations. Altern Med Rev 2007 Mar;12(1):25-48.
    [10] Bone K. A clinical guide to blending liquid herbs. St Louis: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.
    [11] Douglas RM, Hemil? H, Chalker E, Treacy B. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2007 Jul 18;(3):CD000980.
    [12] Johnston CS, Martin LJ, Cai X. Antihistamine effect of supplemental ascorbic acid and neutrophil chemotaxis. J Am Coll Nutr 1992 Apr;11(2):172-176.
    [13] Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ (Eds). Modern nutrition in health and disease, 10th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
    [14] Marone G, Findlay SR, Lichtenstein LM. Modulation of histamine release from human basophils in vitro by physiological concentrations of zinc. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 1981 May;217(2):292-298.

    Customer questions / expert answers

    Q. My 20 year old son is frequently getting a sore throat and cold. What would you recommend to boost his immunity?

    Thank you.
    A. 

     Armaforce would be very useful.  2 tablets twice daily while he has the cold and cough, then  2 in the morning with food as a preventative through winter.

    Regards - Keri Hogarth - Hygiology Naturopath

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