Full Spectrum vs Standardized Extracts

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You may have heard the phrase 'standardized extract' used in relation to herbal remedies, but do you know what this means?

Many companies have begun manufacturing herbal remedies using a process of extraction whereby harsh chemicals are employed to extract the active ingredients of medicinal herbs. You will recognize these extracts by the usage of the words 'standardized extract’ on the labels. This method of manufacturing is often cited as being more scientific and able to produce a superior product with controlled and guaranteed amounts of active ingredients in each product.

Contrary to these claims, this process is frowned upon by true herbalists. One of the reasons is that the process of extracting so-called 'active ingredients' and isolating them from the rest of the herb is one that has resulted in an increase in side effects, as the herb in this way loses its natural ability to protect against side effects- a benefit that can only be achieved by using whole herb manufacturing.

In addition, many manufacturers use all parts of the plants to create standardized extracts, whereas herbalists know that only certain parts of some herbs should be used. In the case of Ginkgo biloba, for example, it is well known that the seeds of this plant are poisonous and can cause seizures and that only the leaves should be used. Standardized extracts of Ginkgo biloba have been associated with the risk of seizure in some trials.

The most recent example of the dangers of using this manufacturing process includes the development of liver toxicity from using Kava kava extract, an herb which has been safely used for hundreds of years!

It must also be added that this process of extraction requires the use of harsh chemicals and solvents, traces of which are difficult to remove completely from the final product. To us, it makes little sense for companies to go the "natural" route while being unable to guarantee that their product is free of contamination with chemicals known to be harmful to health!

Unlike many so-called natural remedies manufactured according to the methods described above, at Native Remedies, we avoid standardized extracts whenever possible and use the Full Spectrum method of extraction, which is recommended by all the authoritative Materia Medica dealing with herbal medicine.

This results in the use of all of the plant’s metabolites, in harmony, and helps us to maintain the integrity, balance and therapeutic effect of herbs with the lowest risk of side effects.

When you buy herbal and homeopathic medicines from Native Remedies, you can be confident that you’re receiving a product manufactured to the highest standards possible of health, production and effectiveness!

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