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Our Exclusive Bio-Chelation® Process

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Bio-Chelation

 

Long before Nature’s Answer® was formed in 1972, founder and owner Frank D’Amelio, Sr., was immersed in the study of botanical medicine, researching various herbal texts dating back to the mid-1700s, including the respected pharmaceutical texts The United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary. He was concerned about the high amounts of alcohol in tinctures and the high heat often used in their processing. High alcohol content can be detrimental to health and high heat can destroy the active components of the plants. So, he began to investigate how he could offer the consumer potent herbal products made with very low heat and a low percentage of alcohol, or possibly none at all. Thus, the Bio-Chelation® method was born.

Bio-Chelation is a proprietary, herb-friendly cold extraction technique where the raw plant parts are extracted and reduced without heat. Cold extraction helps the herb maintain many of its natural constituents, enabling the herb to keep its Holistic Balance intact.

Additionally, the Bio-Chelation process incorporates the use of an exclusive technique that removes much of the alcohol used in the first phase of extraction and replaces it with natural vegetable glycerin; vegetable glycerin is used because it helps bind certain plant constituents, is natural to the body, is easily absorbed by the cells, and has little insulin response. The resulting yield is an herbal extract that is either alcohol-free or has a low alcohol content of 12-14% and uses only alcohol that’s certified organic.

The Bio-Chelation method was the first extraction process to yield a 12-14% alcohol extract in the herbal industry!

Over close to half a century (since 1972), our Bio-Chelation process has been painstakingly tested and proven to stand the test of time. Incorporating this process in today’s manufacturing procedures continues to yield a measurably superior product. Although larger quantities of herbal products are now being produced as compared to the earlier experimental batches made by Frank Sr., his founding corporate philosophy remains intact – combine the greatest care with the highest quality raw materials to create the best product.

Nature’s Answer has the unique distinction of continuing to be a family-owned company. Frank Sr, his children, and his grandchildren use Nature’s Answer products themselves and are proud to offer you and your family the best Natural products available, from Our Family to Yours since 1972!

 

Nature’s Answer® is a registered trademark of Bio-Botanica Inc.®

Bio-Chelated® is a registered trademark of Bio-Botanica Inc.®

Holistic Balance™ is a trademark of Bio-Botanica Inc.®

By Ellen J. Kamhi, Ph. D. with Dorie Greenblatt

In The Beginning   The Bio-Chelated¨ process describes a proprietary cold extraction technique developed by Mr. Frank D’Amelio Sr., founder and owner of Nature’s Answer¨, and well- respected author*. Long before Nature’s Answer¨ was formed (early 1970’s), Mr. D’Amelio was immersed in the study of botanical medicine, researching the various herbal texts including the national USP/N.F. (United States Pharmacopeia/National Formularies) dating back to the mid -1800’s. (The USP/N.F. is a reference source that provides manufacturing standards and extraction techniques used to make herbal formulas; these standards were considered official prior to 1938.) This authoritative formulary discussed the use of plant parts such as leaf, stem, bark, flowers and roots. It recommended certain solvents known as “menstruums”, in which plant parts were soaked in order to extract their active constituents. High heat was also often utilized to concentrate the extract. Mr. D’Amelio noticed that high amounts of solvents, usually alcohol, were often recommended, and that sediment would fall to the bottom (precipitate) in certain solutions. He began to investigate how he could offer the consumer potent herbal products made with very low heat, with minimum precipitation, and without a lot of alcohol!

A Clue From Nature   In working towards the goal of attaining a final botanical extract product with little alcohol, Mr. D’Amelio turned to Nature for the apparent answer. He realized that plants were composed of 80-85% water as well as some alcohols, fats, etc. If plants were able to keep the active constituents in solution and use them as needed mainly through water, not alcohol or other solvents, why couldn’t he? Thus, he began a long, in-depth series of experiments with many different plants. Through rigorous research protocols and scientific testing, he discovered that the active constituents of some plants could be extracted using lower alcohol amounts with water and other natural solvents such as organic apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine. At other times, however, higher alcohol was necessary, such as when he was extracting volatile oils like menthol from peppermint. The experimentation process continued, with Mr. D’Amelio documenting the optimum menstruum combinations required for each plant to yield the maximum beneficial components. (Note that there are differences in alcohol. The alcohol consumed in wine and beer is derived through a natural fermentation process with no processing other than filtration. When distilled alcohol is added to an extraction, which some herbal manufacturers use, it effects the body in a more detrimental way; thus the development of the Bio-Chelation¨ process, which uses only organic alcohol).

The Bio-Chelated¨ Method Is Developed   As Mr. D’Amelio continued his experimentation with various plants and menstruums, his extraction processes became more refined, and eventually led to the development of the Bio-Chelated¨ method. The Bio-Chelated¨ method incorporates soaking for a period of time, using different menstruum ratios for different plants to optimize their therapeutic values. Furthermore, this procedure offers additional significant advantages when compared with other types of extraction processes commonly employed by competitors in the herbal industry.

Bio-Chelation includes the use of “cold extraction”, where the plant parts are extracted without being exposed to excessive amounts of heat. Cold extraction helps the herb maintain vital minerals and other trace elements in solution, thus enabling the herb to keep its Holistic BalanceŞ intact. (Holistic BalanceŞ means that extracts retain as many of the natural constituents of the original plant as possible.) In addition, the Bio-Chelated¨ process incorporates the use of an exclusive technique that removes much of the alcohol used during the menstruum soaking (maceration) phase, replacing it with vegetable glycerin instead. The resulting yield is an herbal extract that is either alcohol-free, or has a low alcohol content. (Both alcohol-free and low alcohol products from Nature’s Answer feature vegetable glycerin only. Glycerin is used because it helps bind certain plant constituents, is natural to the body, is easily absorbed by the cells and has little insulin response. Only vegetable glycerin has been used since 1972. In addition, all alcohol used in Nature’s Answer’s low alcohol formulas is certified organic.)

The Bio-Chelated¨ method was the first extraction process to yield a 12-14% alcohol extract in the herbal industry!

Nature’s Answer Stands The Test of Time Over the last quarter of a century (since 1972), the Bio-Chelated¨ cold extraction process has been painstakingly tested and proven to stand the test of time. Incorporating Mr. D’Amelio’s proprietary cold extraction process in today’s manufacturing procedures continues to yield a measurably superior product. One such example is Saw Palmetto from Nature’s Answer¨, a product that is produced utilizing our Bio-Chelated¨ method versus the more expensive CO2 method. Our Bio-Chelated¨, cold extraction process yields a product that not only contains the same amounts of active constituents as the more expensive CO2 extracted product, but features a higher percentage of polyphenols, the compounds responsible for the herb’s antioxidant properties. The end result is a Saw Palmetto extract that maintains its holistic balance! (Note that most prior successful studies done on Saw Palmetto utilized grain alcohol extracts which contained naturally occurring polyphenols; the CO2 extracted products do not contain polyphenols!) Although larger quantities of herbal products are now being produced as compared to the earlier experimental batches made by Frank D’Amelio, his founding corporate philosophy remains intact – combine the greatest care with the highest quality of raw material to create the ultimate herbal extract that works. After all, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Bio-Chelated¨..Another reason to count on Nature’s Answer Without Question!Manufacturing Highlights:

  • State-of-The-Art Laboratory Manufacturing Equipment HPLC, UV, IR, GC/MS, LC/MS, TOC and Densitometer
  • 316 Pharmaceutical Grade Stainless Steel or Glass Lined Extraction Vessels (instead of the inexpensive, more commonly used plastic or polyethylene extraction vessels; these vessels are porous and may contain microorganisms, residual plasticizers that are difficult to clean and could cross contaminate different batches of herbs)
  • FDA Registered & Pharmaceutically Licensed cGMP and SOP Compliant
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A. *Botanicals – A Phytocosmetic Desk Reference (1999), Botanical & Herbal Folklore (1974), The Botanical Practitioner (1978) Bio-Chelated¨ is a registered trademark of Bio-Botanica Inc.¨
    Holistic BalanceŞ is a trademark of Bio-Botanica Inc.¨

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