Professor Kerry Bone, MediHerb Director of Research and Development, has always believed that a key aspect to modern use of botanicals is a respect for traditional wisdom of plant therapy. Kerry and his research team at MediHerb began an extensive research project in 2003 to find a greater understanding of Echinacea and how it works. From their studies we know that Native Americans preferred Echinacea angustifolia and ONLY used the root. Consuming the root of Echinacea is also supported by MediHerb’s clinical studies to be the superior part of the plant that aids in immune efficiency. This is due to the high level of Alkylamides that are present in the root. Alkylamides are compounds found in this herb that strengthen immunomodulatory processes. These research studies also showed that not all Echinacea are the same. Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea were specifically chosen for MediHerb’s blend because of their high levels of alkylamides. The synergistic blend of E. angustifolia and E. purpurea in MediHerb’s Echinacea Premium allow the alkylamides to remain in the bloodstream longer, to help the immune system operate more efficiently.