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Eleuthero improves lipid metabolism, physical fitness, and immune function

A Polish study in healthy volunteers showed that eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) was more effective than echinacea in improving parameters of cardiovascular health, fitness, and immune function after 30 days of treatment. The 50 study participants were randomly divided into two groups and treated with the eleuthero preparation Taigutan (a 1:1 ethanol extract at a dose of 25 drops three times daily) or the echinacea product Echinacin Madaus (40 drops three times daily) for 30 days. The eleuthero group had statistically significant reductions in levels of total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, free fatty acids, triglycerides, and glucose compared with the echinacea group. There was also a statistically significant difference in immune system function among those taking eleuthero, as demonstrated by tests of phagocytic activity and spontaneous blastic transformation of lymphocytes, but only insignificant changes in numbers of lymphocytes able to stimulate cytokine production. In addition, spirometric tests of physical fitness were performed on 20 randomly selected participants. Those taking eleuthero showed statistically significant increases in maximal oxygen uptake after 30 days of treatment, compared with no change in the echinacea group. Szolomicki S, Samchowiec L, Wójcicki, et al. The influence of active components of Eleutherococcus on cellular defense and phyisical fitness in man. Phytotherapy Research 2000; 14: 30-35.

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