- May 20, 2013 at 11:05 am #104834
eskimo_pupMemberTopics: 41Replies: 78
Found this quite fascinating on researching this though it’s hard to find an unbiased article.
The following explains it quite well:
Basically in the 1970’s the Europeans wanted to produce herbal supplements with more standardised dosage as opposed to relying on the raw ingredients where each dose is unpredictable.
As a result they began to use chemicals/solvents to extract a single active ingredient from the herb in question, increase its potency then reconstituted into a basic base of the original herb which in itself presented problems.
Now under European law you can only increase the potency up to the degree with which it would occur in the natural herb but in America there is no such law which means the potency can be increased to dangerous levels.
As indicated in the article many herbs have been blacklisted by the FDA because of toxicity problems from standardized extracts despite these herbs being used for 1000’s of years as full spectrum extracts with no such effects.
All in all very interesting. Thankfully most American companies do follow European standards and i’ve seen some claiming to use gentle water extraction to make standardized extracts rather then solvents.May 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm #104841
Able900SpectatorTopics: 92Replies: 4812
Thank you for the link, EP.
Of course, the article is speaking of herbal supplements in ‘extract’ form and not the powdered form of herbs which are sold in capsule form. This is why capsules of powder in the pure form instead of extracts are recommended here on the forum. The only supplements that are recommended in extract form are Candidate by Native Remedies for die-off symptoms and the digestive bitters which will only work correctly in liquid, extract form. But I also recommend that the members to avoid using the full amount of dosage recommended on the label as that amount is not necessary for the results of the bitters to take place.
As far as the Candidate is concerned, it’s recommended to be used for a very short time only and only when a headache or the flu-like symptoms are still too severe to handle with other means. In other words, it is not taken on a continual daily basis.
Generally speaking, the information in this article is nothing for the members to worry about if they follow the protocol correctly.
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