When choosing a natural supplement the form plays a primary role: capsules, tablets, powders, liquids or microgranules?
Meanwhile, the quality of the ingredients it contains and more particularly the active ingredients are even more important.
First of all, ingredients should be of natural source, with no coloring agent, GMO, and preservative-free.
Secondly, the content in a product of a specific plant or fruit doesn’t guarantee its efficiency. For most of them, what is important is the content of the active ingredients: the part of the ingredient that is active and known to have a beneficial action in the body.
For example, what is of interest in the red vine is its content in flavonoids – a polyphenolic compound known to support the circulatory system, the same way you should look for the content of 10HDA in a royal jelly product.
The content of active ingredients is not constant from one plant harvest to another, i.e. 10 kgs of oranges from 2 different harvests may not contain the same quantity of Vitamin C (the active ingredient in oranges). For this reason, using extracts that are titrated, gives a guarantee that the content of active ingredients will be constant from one product to the next.
Active ingredients are extracted using a specific hydro alcoholic process – some actives are soluble in water and others in alcohol – followed by nebulization and only the active part of the plant is used. In the case of micro granules, the active ingredient is extracted via a process of evaporation and nebulization. It is then applied on the micro granule, only providing the best of the plant.
In many supplement manufacturing processes, the whole dried plant is used (with no guarantee of active content), it is ground and is often mixed with other neutral agents to form a powder (such as maltodextrin). This considerably reduces the plant content, not to mention the percentage of active ingredients. We often find a lot of plant wastage, such as stems, roots, and occasionally some soil with the grinding technique.
So what is important to remember is that a plant may be known for these properties, but it is actually a part of it that is actively providing the benefits.