Initially Posted: 02/28/2016 | Last Updated: 03/14/2020
Echinacea supplements reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Alphabetical list of echinacea supplement brands compared in this review

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A. Vogel Echinaforce

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ChildLife Echinacea

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Gaia Herbs Echinacea Supreme

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GNC Herbal Plus Echinacea

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LifeExtension Echinacea Extract

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L'il Critters Immune C Plus Zinc and Echinacea

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Nature's Bounty Echinacea

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Nature's Sunshine Echinacea

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Nature's Way Echinacea Purpurea Herb

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Planetary Herbals Echinacea Glycerite

Puritan's Pride Echinacea 400 mg

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Rexall Echinacea

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Rite Aid Echinacea

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Spring Valley [Walmart] Echinacea

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Swanson Superior Herbs Echinacea

Vitamin World Echinacea

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Summary

  • What do Echinacea supplements do? Echinacea supplements may modestly help prevent colds when taken during cold season and/or reduce the severity of a cold if taken at the first onset of symptoms (See What It Does).
  • What is Echinacea? Phenolic compounds in Echinacea may be responsible for some of the herb's effects (See What It Is).
  • What did CL's tests of Echinacea find? ConsumerLab.com found that two products did not contain the expected minimum amounts of total phenolic compounds (TPCs), one product exceeded a limit for lead contamination, and another product failed to properly label its Echinacea. (See What CL Found).
  • Best Echinacea supplements? Among 10 products Approved for Quality by ConsumerLab.com, three were chosen as Top Picks.
  • Which form of Echinacea is best? Echinacea comes in various forms and concentrations, but most positive clinical studies used products extracted from aerial parts (leaves, flowers, stems) of E. purpurea, often dried into extract powders (900 mg per day taken in 3 divided doses). (See ConsumerTips™).
  • Echinacea safety and side effects: Echinacea appears to be relatively safe for short-term use (up to 12 weeks) and side-effects tend to be mild (GI symptoms, increases urination). However, be aware that some people may be allergic, and rarely, liver damage has been reported (See Concerns and Cautions).
You must be a member to get the full test results for echinacea supplements along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. In this comprehensive review of Echinacea supplements, you'll get test results and quality ratings for 14 Echinacea supplements (including four that passed testing in our voluntary Quality Certification Program) and information about two additional Echinacea supplements similar to another which passed testing. You'll learn:
  • Which Echinacea supplements passed or failed testing
  • What to look for on labels: Echinacea species (such as E. purpurea and E. angustifolia), plant parts (such as aerial and root), forms (extracts and herb powders) and dosage
  • Cost comparisons and which products offer the best value
  • The evidence for other ingredients, like goldenseal, elderberry and zinc, which are often combined with Echinacea
  • Concerns, cautions and side effects with echinacea 

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