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With mykind Organics Herbals , Garden of Life adopted the exact same philosophy and principals that we uphold for MyKind Organics vitamins. It all begins with sourcing the highest quality organic plant materials. Selection of herbal farmers and suppliers is probably one of the most challenging parts of the entire process to ensure premium quality organic herbs.
In the United States, only 0.67% of our land is dedicated to organic agricultural with a very small fraction of this being used for organic herbs, most of which are culinary herbs. mykind Organics herbs are, therefore, sourced globally. We identified regions in the world where traditional sources of highly-prized medicinal herbs have been growing for generations.
Knowing the farms and our farmers is critical for us in order to produce Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Verified herbs. These partnerships are built over many years, and the farms undergo regular, rigorous testing to achieve and maintain these third party certifications.
In Europe, most of our farmers are third and fourth generation, they also know the history of the soil, the local climate, and they are true experts on the plants that they grow. Often, these organic herbal farms are relatively small and cannot meet larger supply chain needs, so it was important for us to form these partnerships with organic herbal farmers and their co-ops, to help them grow with us over time.
The first & only, full line of herbal products to be Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Certified Gluten Free and Vegan.
After sourcing, the next issue we needed to address was the extraction method used for obtaining each of the active ingredients for our dual-certified herbs. Itâ€™s common practice in our industry to use solvents for botanical extracts; these solvents typically include hexane and alcohol derived from genetically modified corn. These were definitely not an option for us. Therefore, we had to set about creating clean extraction methods.
All of our mykind Herbals are created using only a clean extraction process without petroleum-based chemical solvents or genetically- modified corn alcohol. Wherever possible, we utilize water for infusions or steam extraction. We utilize water extraction techniques to gently remove the water-soluble components of the plants. For fat-soluble actives, we only use organic, non-GMO ethanolâ€”never hexane, methanol or any other harsh chemicals.
Third party independent testing at every step of the way is part of the traceability required for all mykind products. Additionally, testing for full botanical identity is imperative to ensure our herbal ingredients are not blended with inferior sources, or with lower quality parts of the same plant, or even a different plant!
Each mykind Herbal product has been expertly formulated in consultation with Dr. Terry Willard, an expert clinical herbalist with over 40 years of practical experience and the author of numerous herbal textbooks. In his herbal master classes, Dr. Terry taught us about the â€œpersonalityâ€ of the individual herbs and their mechanisms of action and the subsequent benefits each one brings to the body. One key element of designing effective formulas, he said, is to consider the synergy of the herbal ingredients, i.e. how they will perform together in the body. Other herbal products and remedies are based on the individual properties of the herbs and they do not consider the interaction of the herbs which, in many cases, may be beneficial when they work together synergistically. However, they can also often be less effective when they are not correctly combined.
Herbs often work through multiple pathways in the body, so it is essential to work with an expert formulator who understands the mechanisms of action of each herb and their interplay within the body systems. Dr. Willard expertly created our line with synergy at the forefront of his mind. This is critical to produce highly effective formulas.
Convenient Delivery Systems
Rather than just offer tinctures and tablets, we have incorporated new delivery systems into this line to maximize the efficacy of each formulation and to give our consumers additional convenient optionsâ€”especially for travel and those onâ€“the-go. Whether itâ€™s organic sprays for Sleep formulas, organic clean tablets, organic extracted tinctures, organic elderberry syrup, organic powders, or even our 100% organic fruit-based gummies, Garden of Life has provided a diverse array of organic delivery options for everyone.
Digestibility is Key
Another key component in the formulation of these products, under Dr. Willardâ€™s tutelage, was ensuring the digestibility of the botanicals, especially Turmeric. In a nutshell, there is little benefit including premium organic herbs in a formula unless we know that they are going to be properly digested and their active components (such as the Curcuminoids) are going to get into the systems of the body where they can work effectively. So, we added two carefully-selected, clinically studied probiotic strains to support digestion of the herbs in many of the formulas.
Next, we used fermentation to enhance digestibility. We fermented certain botanicals such as the Organic Turmeric Root and Organic Ginger Root to ensure digestibility, and in the case of ginger, to enhance overall digestion of other botanicals.
Why We Added Organic Black Pepper to Our Turmeric Products
We added Certified Organic Black Pepper to our Turmeric formulas on the expert advice of Dr. Terry Willard. Black pepper and Turmeric combinations have been thoroughly studied and have been shown to increase Turmericâ€™s bioavailability and activity by as much as 2000% or 20-fold. Substances like curcumin from turmeric, have poor absorbability and break down easily in the liver. This is the reason that black pepper has traditionally been used in combination with turmeric. â€œIt just gets better results,â€ said Dr. Willard. Organic Black Pepper has been shown to promote the flow of gastric juices and enzyme production, improving digestibility.
HERBAL BIBLIOGRAPHYâ€” AT A GLANCE Provided by Dr. Terry Willard, hereâ€™s a brief bibliography of various herbal ingredients. To view a more detailed description of each herb, please visit www.gardenoflife.com.
TURMERIC Country of Origin: India The primary constituent in Turmeric, curcumin, is an active phenol compound which is known to provide Health benefits through its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. More than 6,000 studies have been conducted on turmeric and extensive clinical trials. Turmeric works through its ability to reduce Inflammation in the digestive tract and throughout the body.
BLACK PEPPEREXTRACT Country of Origin: India Black pepper has been shown to increase oral absorption and bioavailability of certain herbs, especially curcumin, an active component found in turmeric. Traditionally, black pepper has been used to support the circulation of blood, to increase the flow of saliva, and to stimulate digestion.
GINGER ROOT Countries of Origin: Multiple regions in Asia, including China The comforting qualities of ginger make it one of the best carminatives (soothing nausea and cramping), especially in the abdomen, intestines and uterus. Traditional medicines relied on ginger to address occasional upset stomach, biliousness and gas.
ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA Country of Origin: India Ancient traditions relied on andrographis as an antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory ingredient, and traditional remedies abounded for use with skin irritations, seasonal challenges and even occasional headaches.
CINNAMON Countries of Origin: Multiple regions in Asia, including China The warming spice of cinnamon has been valued for at least 5,000 years as a traditional medicine used historically as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial. Traditionally, cinnamon has also been used to support carbohydrate/sugar metabolism, circulation function and heart health.
ELDERBERRY Countries of Origin: USA, Europe, Australia Elderberries are packed with beneficial nutrients, including Minerals such as iron, potassium, phosphorous and copper, as well as Vitamins A, B, and C, as well as proteins and dietary fiber, along with beneficial organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body.
ARONIA BERRIES Countries of Origin: USA, Europe (primarily Italy and Poland) Aronia berries are very high in anthocyanins, and other flavonoids, giving them a strong antioxidant quality. Its major use as traditional medicine is to support the liver, help maintain normal blood sugar, and support anti-inflammatory functions.
AMLA BERRIES Country of Origin: India The health benefits of Amla berry can mostly be attributed to its high-antioxidant, whole food vitamin C content. The vitamin C content helps protect our cells from free radical damage and helps support the bodyâ€™s immune response.
ECHINACEA Countries of Origin: France and Germany Echinacea is one of the most popular herbal supplements worldwide. There are at least nine species of echinacea cultivated for use in supplements. Both traditional use and clinical research demonstrate echinaceaâ€™s ability to support immune system health.
ROSEMARY Country of Origin: Morocco Rosemary was traditionally used to help thousands of ailments including muscle pain, support memory and boost the immune and circulatory systems. Rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis) naturally contains antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid, plus several essential oils.
SCHISANDRA Countries of Origin: Multiple regions of Asia, including China, Russia Chinese medicine has long relied on schisandra to increase energy, fight off age-related issues, and even as an aphrodisiac. Itâ€™s a powerful adaptogen, with the unique ability to promote both mental and physical energy while it supports healthy management of stress and fatigue.
RHODIOLA ROSEA Countries of Origin: Multiple regions of Asia, including China, Russia Golden root (Rhodiola rosea) is used as a tonic to give strength and stamina to people recovering from a variety of issues, both short- and long-term. It has also been recognized for its antioxidant potential as well as its ability to support immune system health, increase physical endurance, and even to support focus and concentration during intense mental activity.
ASHWAGANDHA Country of Origin: India Ashwagandha is typically used as a restorative tonic and is considered by Ayurveda practitioners to be the most powerful herb used for healing. As an adaptogen, it helps the body to cope with stress and helps bring the body back into balance.
ELEUTHERO (Siberian Ginseng) Countries of Origin: Multiple regions of Asia, including China, Russia Siberian ginseng, or eleuthero, owes its origins as a tonic to a Russian physician, I.I. Brehkman. He found that it countered fatigue, improved performance, and strengthened immunity to disease. It has been used to fight fatigue, support energy and promote healthy stress management for centuries.
HOLY BASIL Country of Origin: India Holy basil originated in India and is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Basil is said to impart divine protection by purifying the aura and invigorating the immune system. Holy basil is considered an adaptogenic remedy that supports a healthy stress response.
LEMON BALM Country of Origin: France Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has been used since ancient times to calm the mind, heart and body. Lemon balm can be very helpful when nerves, headaches or mild Depression are preventing you from relaxing and getting a good nightâ€™s sleep. Clinical data has shown that lemon balm supports stress management.
L-THEANINE Country of Origin: China Theanine supports serotonin, dopamine, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glycine levels in various areas of the brain, as well as BDNF and NGF in certain brain areas. L-theanine promotes a calming effect because it supports maintenance of healthy levels of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine.
VALERIAN Countries of Origin: Multiple regions of Europe, including Netherlands, France and Germany Traditionally, Valerian is one of the better-used relaxants for both nerves and muscles. It was used as a sedative and was a go-to folk remedy for occasional insomnia.
PASSIONFLOWER Countries of Origin: USA, France The passionflower (Passiflora incarnate) has been widely used in both Native American and European folk medicine for its relaxing, calming effect. Modern studies to have shown passionflower may provide support for mood and occasional insomnia by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
CHAMOMILE FLOWER Countries of Origin: Croatia, Egypt Prized by ancient cultures for its healing properties, chamomile has been consumed in many parts of the world for centuries to aid with sleep problems, anxiety, relief of occasional pain, including headaches and menstrual cramps, and irritability.
OIL OF OREGANO Countries of Origin: Argentina, France Oregano oil is high in phenols, which are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects. The two most abundant phenols in oregano oil include thymol and carvacrol. Thymol helps boost your immune system while Carvacrol is effective against various bacterial infections.
ARTICHOKE Countries of Origin: Chile, Europe (including France and Germany) Long viewed as an epicurean delight, European folk medicine has long used extracts of the artichoke leaf, stem and root to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, in order to help reduce the symptoms of indigestion and promote healthy detoxification and elimination.
DANDELION Country of Origin: India Traditionally, dandelion roots and leaves were used to support liver detoxification. Native Americans used it to support a healthy urinary tract, skin health, and to treat upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion is used to to promote digestion and to support the detoxification process.
BURDOCK Countries of Origin: Multiple regions of Asia, including China, Russia This root has long been prized in Chinese medicine for its ability to promote healthy digestion, detoxify the liver, balance hormones and promote overall skin health. Burdock encourages healthy digestion and appetite and also supports healthy, clear skin.
ANGELICA ROOT Country of Origin: USA Angelica root, also known as dong quai, has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, primarily to help balance hormones, detoxify the liver and support healthy, clear skin complexion.
FENNEL SEED Country of Origin: Multiple regions of Asia, including China Fennel seeds contain numerous flavonoid antioxidants like kaempferol and quercetin. These compounds function as powerful antioxidants. Fennel seeds have been used for centuries as a folk medicine to help relax the intestines, relieve gas and alleviate general discomfort in the digestive tract.
BITTER ORANGE Country of Origin: Multiple regions of Asia, including China In traditional medicine, bitter orange and its extracts are used to treat digestive problems such as nausea, constipation and indigestion. Bitter orange oils, extracts and supplements are used for heartburn, congestion and weight loss.
ANISE SEED Country of Origin: Egypt Anise seeds have a very sweet and aromatic flavor. Anise has been added to tonics for flavor to aid digestion by multiple cultures. The seeds are described as being a carminative, which means they either prevent formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitate its passing.
MACA ROOT Country of Origin: Peru Maca root enhances and strengthens the function of the endocrine system, which includes all the bodyâ€™s glands as well as the hormones they secrete. These glands and hormones control many vital processes, including sexual function, fertility, digestion, brain and nervous system functioning, and energy. Maca root acts as an adaptogen, which helps the body to cope with stress.
HIBISCUS FLOWER EXTRACT Country of Origin: Egypt Hibiscus is a pleasant-tasting herb thatâ€™s traditionally used for supporting normal blood pressure maintenance, and this benefit has been clinically studied in modern science. For generations, North Africans have used hibiscus internally to support upper respiratory health and topically for skin health.