NIH Recognizes Bioforce Echinacea Research

GHENT, NY – Bioforce USA has announced that its meta analysis on Echinacea was chosen as one of the top 25 research papers of 2006 by the prestigious Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research, published by The National Institutes of Health, (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements. The research was conducted by Bioforce AG scientists Roland Schoop and Andy Suter.

This eighth annual edition features annotations of the top 25 original papers of dietary supplement research that were selected from approximately 300, appearing in more than 45 peer-reviewed journals in 2006. As stated by the NIH the purpose of this bibliography is “to raise the level of knowledge on scientific development of dietary supplements as they relate to health promotion, health maintenance and disease prevention.”

The NIH utilizes a multi-step process to select the 25 papers. First is the identification of peer-reviewed journals publishing original research concerning dietary supplements, followed by a targeted literature search of each journal to identify original papers concerning dietary supplements, which are then evaluated by an elite group of internationally recognized scientists. Each paper is scored independently based on the quality of the research and implications to public health. The scores received are tallied to identify the top scoring 25 papers. The 25 papers chosen through this process are then annotated and sent for internal review before appearing in the final annual bibliography. The annotations are written from information contained in the original papers, related press releases, commentaries, editorials, and reviewer comments.

“As a global company with a responsibility to the healthcare consumers and professionals who rely on the safety and efficacy of our products, we are proud of our efforts to advance the scientific knowledge of dietary supplements. We are especially pleased that NIH has published and recognized the success of those efforts” says Pierce Siousatt, president of Bioforce USA.

Most of the recognized studies were funded by NIH and/or other government agencies. “Our Bioforce study was funded by entirely by Bioforce, making this recognition even more impressive,” Siousatt continues. “Bioforce has always been a leader in the field of herbal research and we are delighted to have this recognized in the US, where herbal products have been under such intense scrutiny. We are proud to be part of the company that is leading the way in giving herbal medicine the scientific substantiation to support its traditional usage.”

Eileen Sheets, managing director of Bioforce USA, adds, “This research shows that Bioforce is an expert in Echinacea and should help propel A. Vogel Echinaforce as a preferred immune-support supplement not only for the cold season but throughout the entire year.”

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