“ Brand: Healthspan / Type: Cold & Flu Relief „
Current price on Healthspan website: 60 capsules for £10.95
Dosage: To be taken at the first sign of a cold - one or two capsules daily for a maximum of 10 days
It states that it should not be taken by children under 12, pregnant women, breastfeeding mums.
If you have a medical condition and/or take prescription medication, I would recommend reading the product information leaflet on the Healthspan website before taking echinacea as there are some incompatibilities.....
In the past, Healthspan sold a tablet form of Echinacea with Vitamin C which I have taken for years, whenever my immune system needed a boost to fight off a cold. However, thanks to the EU and their new herbal medicine regulations, they are no longer able to sell that :-( For a while, you may be able to find old stock from other suppliers, but eventually that will sell out and the only option will be products which comply with the EU regulation for traditional herbal medicines (or risking illegal, unlicensed products of dubious manufacture and quality).
So the old tablet has been replaced with this Cold and Flu Relief in capsule form, the main ingredient of which is Echinacea. It probably has much the same amount of Echinacea in it, but thanks to the rules about how they can describe it, you can't tell for sure, because they are no longer able to talk about standardized strengths etc. they can only tell you how much juice it contains.
I suppose we must be thankful that the EU haven't managed to take echinacea off the market entirely!
So in terms of reviewing this actual product......
1) It's no good if you are vegetarian because it now comes in gelatine capsules, not as a tablet (I believe Healthspan are looking into this issue.)
2) It provides a means of taking echinacea to boost your immune system, which I find useful, although I do have to point out that echinacea doesn't work for everyone (most people, yes; everyone, no), so it's really a case of trying it to see whether you benefit.
So basically, yes, I would recommend this product to non-vegetarians, whilst at the same time bemoaning the fact that the EU have to stick their noses in and stop us having the original product which worked very well, thank you!