Recognition of the potential health-promoting effects of herbs can be traced back to ancient civilizations in Egypt, China, Greece and India – and more recently to Native Americans in the New World. As long as Eastern and Western history have been recorded, herbs have been used safely and effectively to implement a shift in underlying physiological processes, so the body can readily defend itself or adapt to the situation at hand. In fact, herbs have traditionally been used for a virtually endless list of condition-specfic applications: general health and wellness, healing, immunity/resistance, weight and stress management, raising and renewing body vitality/energy, and more. Many of today’s medicines originated from herbs and botanicals.
As the fifth-century Greek physician Hippocrates wrote,
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
Herbs come from various raw or processed parts of a plant – including leaves, stems, flowers, roots and seeds. Today, their general role is still to support and protect bodily functions and processes. Through nutritional science, we know that herbs provide phytonutrients – potent, naturally occurring nutrients that help protect plants against environmental challenges – and that they act in general, rather than specific, ways. However, because herbs are natural products, their chemical compositions can fluctuate, depending on botanical species, geographic region, soil, weather, sun exposure, humidity, and even the time of harvest and how they are stored. And, whole raw herbs are susceptible to a number of different contaminants, ranging from pesticides and herbicides to heavy metals. All of these variables significantly impact an herb’s pharmacological activity, and pose challenges when utilizing them for condition-specific applications.
That’s why Bluebonnet uses the most advanced scientific technology to deliver the purest all-natural standardized herbs available. This standardization process ensures that Bluebonnet herbal extracts are free of heavy metals and pesticides. Equally important, it guarantees a consistent level of active constituents in every serving, so each herbal extract naturally delivers its condition-specific benefit … batch after batch.
Bluebonnet’s approach to standardization starts with a painstaking identification and procurement process. Our nutritional scientists conduct intensive research to determine the component(s) and potencies responsible for each herb’s pharmacological and pharmacokinetic benefits. Then, we search the globe to discover the indigenous locations where climate, temperature and soil converge to produce a premium-quality herb with the highest possible concentration of active constituent(s).
With a premium-quality herb in hand, we employ cutting-edge standardization technology that uses a gentle, water-based extraction method – instead of the common practice of using harsh solvents that leave harmful residues – to isolate, remove and concentrate the active constituent(s). And, to deliver a standardized herb that is vegetarian/vegan inside and out, we encapsulate it in all-vegetable, two-piece capsules instead of the usual animal-derived gelatin capsules. Most of our herbal extracts also undergo the arduous kosher-certification process, providing yet another level of quality. In fact, Bluebonnet is one of the few lines of kosher-certified standardized herbs on the market. †
The result is an exceptionally pure line of scientifically advanced standardized herbal extracts that are as true to nature as possible – and whose safety, efficacy and potency is guaranteed in every serving through the expiration date.
† Please refer to the supplement fact boxes on the following pages or to the front label panel to determine if the Bluebonnet standardized herb is KOF-K (insert emblem) kosher certified. Not all high-quality herbs on the market are available kosher.