Understanding Holistically Balanced™ Herbs vs. Standardized Extracts
By Ellen J. Kamhi, Ph. D. with Dorie Greenblatt
We, at Nature's Answer®, have always had the utmost concern for the quality of the herbs used in our products. Ancient healers understood and respected the fact that plants and herbs are intrinsically balanced by Mother Nature. We also recognize that there is a growing popularity today for herbal products that are standardized. These two schools of thought differ in terms of how to best experience the beneficial effects of an herb. Proponents of standardized products believe they are best because they are guaranteed to deliver consistent levels of an active constituent in every dose. Others feel that maintaining the whole herb in its natural state insures the maximum delivery of all naturally-occurring constituents of the plant rather than just isolating one or two chemical compounds. At Nature's Answer® we offer the "best of both worlds".
Standardized extract formulas are guaranteed to contain a specific quantity of a known marker compound, the constituent which is believed to give the herb its therapeutic properties. In a nutshell, standardized products offer "consistency" in dosing. You are guaranteed that every serving of a standardized product contains the same consistent levels of the active constituent.
However, a standardized product is not for everyone. Standardization isolates and concentrates one or two chemical compounds, thereby missing the concept that the "whole is often greater than the sum of its parts". There are many herbs whose so-called "active constituents" have not been identified by the scientific community. In these situations, science has confirmed that the gift of the plant comes from the effect of the many constituents working in synergy with each other. In other instances, science has mistakenly identified an active constituent as the one responsible for the herb's beneficial effects, only to find it is a different constituent after further research. At Nature's Answer® we address these issues by offering Holistically Balanced™† herbal products. Holistically Balanced™ products keep the plant constituents in a state of "natural wholeness" without adulterating any "naturally-occurring bonds". (This kind of product is achieved utilizing a proprietary cold extraction process we call Bio-Chelation®*.) Holistically Balanced™ products enable us to maintain a focus on the whole plant and the synergistic action of all of the constituents in the plant as created by Nature, substantiating the teachings of traditional herbalists since the earliest of times.
At Nature's Answer® we offer you the choice of either standardized extracts or Holistically Balanced™ herbs. We also offer you a variety of delivery forms -- maximum strength concentrated liquid herbal extracts and/or vegetarian capsules, tablets and softgels (most products are kosher). Note that our standardized extract supplements, in particular, are truly well-balanced products that represent the "best of both worlds". These supplements feature standardized extracts enhanced (Holistically Balanced™) with the highest quality of organic, responsibly wildcrafted or cultivated herbs, yielding a product that reflects the natural balance of the whole plant and all of its many micronutrients.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.