While we believe that there are inherent advantages to the liquid herbal dosage form, solid dosage forms such as capsules and softgels can also be effective herb delivery options if properly made. With this in mind, Herb Pharm is pleased to announce three new encapsulated herb products created with the same meticulous attention to detail we give to all of our products. And as with all of our products, our capsules and softgels are 100% vegetarian and vegan.
Goldenseal root, Milk Thistle seed and Saw Palmetto berries – three of our newer encapsulated herb products – join our two existing herb capsule products, Kava root and Super Echinacea®. All of our encapsulated herbs share important characteristics that anyone seeking an herb product should consider.
The first is our exclusive use of sustainably cultivated and sustainably wildcrafted herbs. Purity and environmental responsibility are at the heart of our philosophy and work, and our encapsulated herbs are no exception. Herb Pharm only uses plants that are certified organically grown, tested free of pesticides and herbicides, or sustainably wildcrafted in their native habitat to ensure conservation of wild plants for future generations.
Next is our close attention to proper harvest timing. It’s often said that timing is everything and this certainly applies to medicinal herbs where precise harvest timing and proper selection of plant part(s) are so vital to producing herbs that are abundant in pharmacologically active constituents with optimal therapeutic efficacy.
Lastly, we never use toxic, environmentally harmful chemical solvents to make our extracts. There’s no point in selecting the purest herbal materials if in the end we pollute our extracts with harmful chemical solvents. Therefore, we only use natural, food and pharmaceutical-grade alcohol and distilled water. We never use toxic chemical solvents like hexane, acetone, methanol, petroleum ether or ethyl acetate.
In putting our philosophies to work, the result is a purity-assured, authentic line of encapsulated herbs that you can choose with confidence and peace of mind.
Our Saw Palmetto vegetarian softgel is made from the dark (deep purple to black) berries of Serenoa repens palms. We use pharmaceutical-grade alcohol to extract optimal levels of both fatty acids and phytosterols. We have found that alcohol extraction provides a broader range of Saw Palmetto’s active compounds than supercritical extraction. Saw Palmetto is primarily known for supporting prostate gland health and also provides general reproductive support for men and women. And unlike some other extract on the market, Herb Pharm’s Saw Palmetto is never extracted with hexane. Each vegetarian softgel contains 160mg of fatty acids.
Milk Thistle is a popular herbal remedy for healthy liver maintenance. Our Milk Thistle capsules are made from the dark, mature seeds of Silybum marianum plants. Our broad-spectrum extract is achieved only through physical rather than chemical defatting and extraction with pharmaceutical-grade alcohol. We never use common defatting and solvent chemicals like petroleum ether and ethyl acetate. Our Milk Thistle is guaranteed to provide 140 mg of silymarin in each vegetarian capsule.
Wild populations of Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) have been on the decline for many years, which is why we only use sustainably cultivated plants to make our Goldenseal vegetarian capsules. We use only the root (rhizome and rootlet) without any leaf and all of our Goldenseal is certified organically grown. We grind the rhizomes and rootlets of shade-dried, autumn-harvested plants and encapsulate without further processing.
Rounding out our capsule line are Kava and Super Echinacea® vegetarian capsules. These products are made to promote relaxation and reduce stress, and to support healthy function of the immune system, respectively. Our Kava root comes from chemical-free gardens in the Vanuatu Islands of the South Pacific, considered the best Kava growing region in the world. We use only the underground parts of Kava, commonly called the root but technically consisting of rhizome and root, and we never use any stem or leaf. Our Echinacea is grown on our own certified organic farm in southern Oregon. To fully capture the immuno-modulating compounds in Echinacea, we blend extracts of the root, leaf, flower and seeds.
So if you’re an experienced herb user who prefers capsules, or you’re a new herbal user looking for a place to start, we highly suggest trying our encapsulated herbs. If the herb you seek is not one we encapsulate, then we hope you will reference this article and choose a brand that speaks to the important characteristics that embody a quality herbal supplement.
Originally Published Summer 2011