Optimisation of Polysaccharides in Processed Echinacea Purpurea

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  • Published: 1 Oct 2004

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Echinacea is a medicinal herb native to North America that is used as a human immune stimulant. It is a market leader within Australia, where the medicinal herb market is $190 million of which exports are worth $35 million. The active constituent groups within echinacea are the caffeoyl phenols, alkylamides and polysaccharides. This project aimed to expand current knowledge and develop quality parameters to enable growers to harvest and handle Echinacea purpurea to maintain optimum polysaccharide content, and to identify efficient processing techniques that ensure polysaccharides are transferred through to the end products. 2004, 34pgs, Pub No 04/118; $16