As demand for natural supplements increases, there has been a rise in fake and adulterated ingredients as suppliers cut-corners to make a quick dollar. That's why testing each and every ingredient for quality and purity is incredibly important so you know what you're putting in your body is what it should be.
We expect natural products to be 100% natural right? Pesticides and other sprays are often used to increase agricultural yields meaning the products we eat aren’t necessarily free from contaminants. Correct handling and storage of all natural ingredients is also critical so that naturally occurring microbes such as yeast and moulds don’t cause fermentation or spoilage.
We put all of the herbal ingredients in our botanicals range through a series of tests to ensure you're only ingesting the good stuff and none of the bad.
The key quality checks that each herb in our botanical range receives:
- Herbal identification
- Heavy metals and pesticides
High demand of many supplement ingredients around the world means less active parts of herbs or fake ingredients are being used in many products. What one supplier might say is Elderberry could actually be a mix of different berries that have a similar colour and flavour profile, but none of the beneficial properties.
Testing for the presence of known active constituents (E.g. anthocyanins in Elderberry) in herbs is one key way to ensure the right herb is being used. The most common herbal identification test is an High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) although sometimes further tests are required as the active constituents of some herbs can be synthesised in a lab.
We use two different methods to verify our herbs ID to prevent any adulterated or less active parts of herbal ingredients sneaking into our products. These tests are undertaken through independent accredited labs and are done to also ensure that the material is as active as when it was harvested as when we bottled it.
A high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) report - a state of the art technique used to assess botanical samples for the correct genus, species, and plant part.
All plants absorb nutrients from the ground they are grown in. Mostly that’s just soil nutrients and water but, to increase the yield of crops, pesticide sprays and harsh chemicals are often used. These are then absorbed by the growing plants and eventually by your body when eaten or consumed.
Obviously, no one wants harmful chemicals or residues in their natural supplements which is why testing is available to detect them. It is expensive but, we believe, important in ensuring you’re getting a natural product free from contaminants.
That’s why each of our Manukora botanical ingredients is tested for heavy metals and over 230 different pesticide residues to ensure they’re free from pesticides and unnatural levels of heavy metals.
We have a zero tolerance for any pesticide residues and ensure that heavy metal levels meet all regulatory requirements. All of our mānuka honey is Glyphosate residue free and certified by Project detox.
Learn more about authentic manuka honey here
Natural products can be susceptible to spoilage as they don’t contain synthetic chemical preservatives. This is great however the handling and storage is critical to ensure fermentation, or bacteria and mold growth doesn’t occur between the harvest and manufacturing of herbal supplements.
Our botanical range products are made in a GMP facility with the utmost safety, quality, and cleanliness standards. We double check the quality by testing for microbiology (Bacteria, Yeast, Mold, Salmonella, etc.) of each ingredient as well as for every blend after it has been mixed. Each bottle gets a triple check as it is hand packed to ensure it meets our product specification and arrives in your hands 100% clean and safe.