Do your herbal and food supplements have these
- 100% Synthetic Free Formulas
- Ethically farmed or wild-crafted and fairly traded
- Easy to swallow small tablets made with Pur-Tab® method, containing no excipients, preservatives, allergenic or synthetic ingredients
- Supported by hundreds of studies in third party peer-reviewed journals and by extensive clinical trials
- Produced in state-of-the-art facilities certified to pharmaceutical good manufacturing practices (GMP) and ISO and Organic Certification
- Sourced from unpolluted pristine agricultural regions and farms
- Potency of every ingredient fully disclosed on the label panel
- Made from fresh raw plants never heated over 100 degrees
- Easy to digest, containing all of the plant’s active, living bioactives
- Highest naturally occurring potency at the same or better pricing as non-concentrated powdered powdered herbal and nutrient formulas
- Full spectrum standardized extracts
- Identification of herbs done with chromatography and contemporary analysis to ensure purity, consistency, and active potencies of herbal and food species
- Herbs subjected to Organoleptic testing to confirm specifications
- Microbiological testing ensures that the herbs do not have harmful bacteria or contaminants
The “about” section of Metaorganics to be accessed by a Button on the home page. Here is the MO “About” information:
To bring forward the Final Evolution in Nutritional Supplements and Natural Medicinals:
Traditional alternative medicine has been available since the beginning of recorded history and is still available today. Traditional healthy diets and natural medicines offer us alternatives to the long-term use of conventional medicine that is more useful for short term emergency care, but fails us as a solution to long term optimal health.
MetaorganicsTM represents a developing line of the best natural medicinals, such as herbal remedies, for common health conditions developed by traditional medicine experts for alternative use in optimal health applications.
Metaorganics was started by a naturally occurring nutrient pioneer, Dr. Scott Treadway. Over 30 years ago he brought forward the idea of using only naturally occurring food supplement nutrient products with labeled potencies directly from food and herbal concentrates and most importantly, No Synthetics of Any Kind. At that time his line of products was only moderately successful due to the educational barrier that was supported by companies determined to market food supplements that contained synthetics.
For the past thirty five years Dr. Scott has taught, lectured and published in the field of Nutritional Science with a specialty in traditional medicine. His experience includes clinical training and practice. He holds a Doctorate of Ayurved from Sind Ayurved, Mumbai and an accredited doctorate in Asian Medicine and Vedic Science from the Union Institute. Dr. Treadway is published in his field and has researched, developed and published educational courses, books and articles. He has created, revitalized and developed many traditional and contemporary medicinal products and equipment related to his fields of study. His current working inspiration stems from a determined desire to share and restore the benefits of traditional medicine and Naturally Occurring™ nutrition.
Publications:”Ayurveda & Immortality””Truth About Supplements””The Vitamin Myth” contributor to “Supplements Exposed”.
The inspiration for Metaorganics came from a child in Dr. Scott’s family who was diagnosed as “hyperactive.” This was back in the 1970’s when ADD and ADHD (hyperactivity) in children was first becoming a national problem. Years before this, there were very few “hyperactive” children cases. Dr. Scott got to work changing the child’s diet and then looking for the right Calcium and Magnesium and Trace mineral supplements to help calm the CNS (Central NervousSystem) of the child. Nothing organic or plant-based was found and so, Dr. Scott created his first plant-based Calcium spplement that also naturally contained magnesium and trace minerals. This is known as “Arju-Cal” today. The diet and new plant source supplement worked well and then he noticed it also worked to help women with osteoporosis or anyone with Calcium deficiencies. He explained that the other sources of calciumavailable were inorganic mainly from rocks or shells and do not digest naturally because they are not a plant source food or medicinal. After this success Dr. Scott developed similar naturally occurring vitamin, mineral and nutrient supplement products without synthetics.
Dr. Scott began researching nutrition as a teenager. After a term in the Marine Corps, he married and finished undergraduate studies in California. When he realized that his son required special nutrition, Dr. Scott began researching and developing a line of pure botanical source vitamins and minerals.
In 1975, he established a manufacturing facility in Northern California and pioneered unique botanical vitamins and minerals, inspiring the trend toward “food source” nutrients and away from synthesized nutrients which, at that time, prevailed in the natural foods industry.
In 1980, a family tragedy threatened to strike. Dr. Scott sold his manufacturing facility and dedicated all of his time for the next year to treating a close relative and restoring her health. Inspired by her cure, which included special herbal extracts, Dr. Scott began a seven-year research and development program in Asian medicine, studying with prominent scientists and teachers both domestically and abroad while earning his accredited doctoral degree.
In 1981, Dr. Scott introduced Americans to the first Shilajit supplements, Tribulus terrestris-based athletic supplements, and many other specialty medicinal formulas translated from ancient Asian literature.
In 1984, his book on Ayurveda was published. This was the first book on the general principles of Ayurveda distributed to the American public, entitled Ayurveda and Immortality. Since then, he has written several books, pamphlets, and research papers and published articles on health and nutrition.
In 1991, Dr. Scott established the Vedic Science Institute and began training health professionals while gaining a reputation as a pioneering scientist in the field of nutraceutical research. Simultaneously, he developed over a hundred specialty nutritional products including a full therapeutic index.
Dr. Scott continues his research and development of pure botanical formulations including uniquely potent and natural adaptogenic medicinals and nutritionals. Currently, he is consulting with various companies developing and manufacturing lines of botanical medicinals for complete health and special conditions.
Dr. Scott had many set-backs and difficult starts but believes that now the time has finally come when everyone will be much more open to and accepting of the naturally occurring concept and they are willing to embrace the final evolution of food supplements devoid of any synthetic or inorganic ingredients.
Bringing the final evolution in nutritional supplements to the consumer means that we must bring traditional solutions that happen To Be The Way Supplements Were Originally Made. Here is why:
The final evolution in vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal remedies for today is paradoxically done basically the same way as the first and traditional herbs and elixirs were prepared by ancient healers.
One example of the traditional process of making traditional herbal remedies is as follows: The local shaman or one of their apprentices would pick the herbs, hang them up to dry and then crush them with a wood pole or stone mortar. Next, water was drawn from the well and placed in a bowl. The healer would wrap the fine powdered preparation into a natural bag, drop it into the bowl and may offer a blessing. Then, they would repeatedly squeeze the bag, let it soak for a bit, and eventually through repeating squeezing remove all the water containing the decocted herbal preparation. When making extracts the water would be allowed to evaporate and a fine powder would be left in the container and collected. As with master distillers, they would know when the final decoction process was completed just by sensing, looking, feeling and smelling the final decoction.
MetaOrganics replicates the same process as above, but on a larger scale in a GMP certified production facility.
So, history repeats itself. Now we make available the best herbal remedies in the traditional way, but under laboratory conditions. We can measure the delivered potency and we can also test for toxic metals and contaminants.
We believe the final evolution in supplements is to produce finished products and their ingredients in the traditional manner just the way they were originally prepared by traditional healers – 100% naturally extracted.
Here is a simple summary of the traditional extraction process:
Simple Natural Extraction of Whole Fresh Organic Raw Herbs or Food
- Freshly picked local herbs or foods that have been used for hundreds of years by the indigenous population.
- Sun dry them
- Crush or grind them.
- Soak them in room temperature in water
- Extract them by repeatedly squeezing them in a cloth. Then dry the extract and or drink the “elixir.”
OUTLINE OF METAORGANICS BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES
- Naturally Occurring quality. No Synthetics of any kind such as synthetic vitamins, actives, or other. Imagine a truly pure supplement line – what would it look like? What would be the features? –(it would look like Metaorganics).
- NOSG (Naturally Occurring Standards Group certified), Non-GMO or Organic or Wildcrafted – Herbs grown in Pristine areas.
- PurTab – Tablets (or Vegetable Capsules) made without synthetic excipients and instead natural excipients or foods or herbs that support the full digestion and assimilation of the supplement as food.
- Raw – Full Spectrum herbs and extracts.
- All ingredients made at low Temperature.
- Natural Processing duplicates traditional compounding.
- Higher RealPotency because naturally occurring potencies are naturally more Bio-Potent and synthetic “potencies” are always toxic.
- Pure Potency – Tested for Higher Standards
- Higher end, NOSG, pure herbal and vitamin products = higher biological value.
- NOSG Certified Supplement line – Socially Responsible Wellness approach to long-term health and happiness from NOSG (Naturally Occurring Standards Group certified) supplement products.
History of Vitamin and Food Supplement Marketing and why Metaorganics is different:
When vitamin supplements came out in the 1940’s they were simple, relatively inexpensive, and totally synthetic. This happened around the same time that some clever marketing people were promoting to the average consumer the belief that refined white bread with a few vitamins added back was healthier than the natural grain homemade bread mom or grandma fresh baked. Many denatured and synthetic containing foods were becoming popular back then. Vitamins and food supplements were mainly sold at your local drug store. Then, in the early 1970’s vitamin stores, co-ops and natural food stores recognized that there was significant profit in whatever was the next wonder food, or special supplement with a variety of ‘healthier vitamins and herbal remedies’ which started appearing first behind the cash register and slowly grew into a whole isle of health supplements.
Next came along food-based vitamins. The creative concept here was that if you blended or cooked up some soy or yeast mixture and added synthetic USP vitamins to it you had a natural product. Now I still can’t figure out how synthetics + chemically created ingredients =100% natural? They wanted you to believe that adding a few natural ingredients to a supplement product was better for you than the simple ingestion of synthetics by themselves and they were right, but these supplements back then were still being not complete or pure and they are still the same today.
The “food-based” product idea has become a big industry and ever since then a few dozen new products get launched every year. Unfortunately, the public has no clue that these products contain toxic synthetic nutrients. Now these same companies are adding some organic ingredients into the products but still spiking their proprietary mixture with the same inexpensive USP synthetics or other synthetic or inorganic ingredients as before. There are even a few companies that have somehow certified their products via USDA as organic based upon the “exceptions” that are now found in USDA organic rules that will allow for 5% or more synthetics in a product that uses the word “organic” – believe it or not.
Some companies offer certain technologies to “freeze” the ingredients during processing or other “high tech” processes so that you may be charged much more for an un-natural processing because it sounds wonderful, but these processes can damage delicate enzymes and other naturally occurring factors in the original natural ingredients that may be used.
One of the latest marketing ploys is to make consumers believe that by adding a kitchen sink full of the latest super foods or synthetic nutrients tive. Who said that this was so? Does nature ever do this with our foods? Let’s get real and back to nature.
Meta(beyond) Organics has gone further than many so-called “food based supplements” because we do not add any synthetics directly or indirectly through fermentation or without fermentation and we don’t use freeze drying or diluted USDA organic certification standards Metaorganics has gone further since we do not use foodaltering USP synthetic nutrients withor without fermentation and we use the “PurTab” method to avoid un-natural processing methods.
The 12 principles for making natural Extracts
Dr. Scott Treadway, our formulator was trained by traditional domestic and Asian physicians. They taught him these basic principles:
- Only make supplements out of foods and herbs used in traditional cultures. So, for example, why would you try to convince someone that canola oil which is made from rape seeds and forbidden in the Asian health literature, or cotton seed oil from cotton, a non-food, would be a health food?
- Use only herbs and foods from unpolluted areas that have never been contaminated by petrochemical pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers or environmental toxic metals
- Don’t heat the foods or natural herbal ingredients
- Don’t use unnecessary chemical or non-naturally occurring extraction processes like freeze drying or other invasive techniques that may change the naturally occurring chemical or structural integrity of the herb or food. For example, do you believe that frozen foods are more nutritious than fresh organic raw foods?
- Use the smallest number of highest naturally occurring potency of targeted herbs. More is not necessarily better. To help consumers get the naturally occurring benefits of our ingredients we reveal everything in our formula disclosures including each potency. We don’t hide behind the label statement “and a blend of proprietary herbs and foods.”.
- Make the food supplement or herbal remedy easy to swallow and digest. Don’t put it in a capsule. The PurTab® supplement delivery system is better for your health.
- Make it fresh and deliver it as soon as possible. All extracts decrease in potency over time.
- WHAT DOES NATURALLY OCCURRING MEAN?
As a general term “Naturally Occurring” relates to something that is made by nature and not by man.
The term “Naturally Occurring” as related to foods, food supplements, and natural medicines means that the ingredient(s) of the food, food supplement or natural medicine should be those that are found originally and naturally in the natural food, herb or natural source of the ingredient(s) as made by nature reflecting the original and natural full-spectrum matrix of that material or ingredient as created by nature. Naturally Occurring does not relate to synthetic ingredients or materials made chemically by man or manipulated and isolated by chemical or other processes by man that are not made by Nature. For example, vitamin C as found in the fruit of an orange is naturally occurring vitamin C, whereas vitamin C as found in a laboratory that manufactures synthetic vitamin C for use as a supplement ingredient intended for human consumption is not naturally occurring.
A Naturally Occurring Standard is needed in the food industry to educate and protect the consumer and to allow the consumer to make informed choices. The consumer has the right to know if any product contains any ingredients or substances such as man-made synthetics or additives that are not naturally occurring.
The Naturally Occurring Standards Group (NOSG, www.nosg.org) has been established to define, identify and certify Naturally Occurring materials and finished products.
What makes MetaOrganics unique?
MetaOrganics products are raw, full-spectrum, naturally processed organic extract formulas with naturally occurring nutrients and actives and no synthetics of any kind. All of our product ingredients are organic and grown with artificial fertilizers, insecticides or synthetics of any kind. These ingredients come from our organic farms in Chitrakoot, a pristine farming region or are wild crafted from government licensed forests. We never use ingredients including herbs or foods that come from polluted areas contaminated by petrochemicals, pesticides, herbacides, synthetic fertilizers or environmental toxins.
How are they formulated?
Our products are formulated by an expert in traditional botanical medicine and are Pure Potency mainly from extracts rather than crude herbs which provide a traditional strength of the product beyond crude herb formulations.
All our products are 100% raw fresh foods and botanicals and are not just a common food supplement. For example, our vitamin C comes from Amla berry concentrate which is a traditional botanical food that contains all naturally occurring, full spectrum sources of vitamin C along with other supporting and enhancing nutritional factors as found in real foods.
Why do we need supplements?
We need to supplement our diet with nutrients because we lose nutrients due to stress (see below), loss of nutrients in our depleted soils and de-evolution of our heirloom plant species and growing methods of our crops and general pollution and degradation of our environment.
We also need natural medicines from naturally occurring sources so that we can avoid the problems associated with synthetic medicinals such as drugs that cause side effects. Synthetic vitamins and synthetic herbal actives are toxic and do not improve health for the long term, but are instead detrimental to your health.
Daily stresses as listed below deplete our general health and bodily nutrient profiles:
- Environmental stress caused by pollutants, toxins, and synthetics found in the air, water, and foods we ingest.
- Psychological stress: caused by our reactions to our lives and other and daily events in our lives and the resultant psychosomatic manifestations of our stressed mental states.
- Physical stress from naturally occurring metabolism and free-radical production and contact with toxins.
- Social stress caused by our reactions and interactions with other people in our society.
What is your formulation process?
Our extraction process is Naturally Occurring ExtractionTM (NOE) designed for natural processing of food and herbs and has been specifically arranged to mimic the traditional extraction of foods and herbs that has gone on for thousands of years.
When you enter the facility and grounds you will see the warehouses where the dried herbs are contained in gunny sack piled high to the ceiling. In the Extraction facility building next door the sack of herbs are emptied into the grinders and ground into fine mesh herbal powders. The smell of herbs is everywhere and creates an unmistakable impression on the senses. After soaking the powdered herbs in water for twenty four several hours inside of large stainless steel containers they herbal slurry is transferred into sealed stainless steel vacuum containers for the next step of the extraction process. Next, the herbal mixture is pulled through pipes embedded with fine filters by air vacuum process and the filtered herb slurry is concentrated by removing fibers and cellulose and the concentrated slurry is pumped into a holding tank. If the herbal slurry needs additional concentration steps then it is hydrated again and the process starts over with finer mesh filtering screens. When the concentration processes are completed then the remaining slurry is put into a drying drum where it is rotated while dry air is drawn through the drum until the slurry is died. The dried herbal concentrate usually is now in a caked form and is put through a mesh screen to obtain a particular particle size of finished powder. The finished powder is tested for microbiological, heavy metals, moisture, and other tests and then if it passes the powder is released for packaging in storage and shipping containers.
Traditional extraction of a food or herb is done by filtering and drying. The traditional way was to use cloth filters to remove the extra fibers, cellulose, and extraneous materials from the water mixture and repeating the filtering until the extract was completed and then drying the final extract. Today we require larger equipment to do the same thing for the production of large quantities of extracted materials. For example, we take raw material food or herbal ingredients, soak them in a stainless steel container with purified water and then after mixing at room temperature extract the mixture through fine mesh screens and do this repeatedly until we achieve a full spectrum ratio appropriate for the formula ingredient. Full spectrum means that the nutritional profile of the nutrients and actives as found in the raw ingredient is reflected by ratio in the finished extract. Drying is done by low temperature vacuum method. No heating, spray drying, CO2, freeze drying or any other un-natural method is used. This preserves the original full spectrum profile of the original raw food or herb and maintains the “raw” nature of the extract which contains enzymes, sterols, and other naturally occurring beneficial factors.
CO2, freeze drying and other invasive techniques of processing food and herbal ingredients change the naturally occurring structures of those ingredients. For example; CO2 is a chemical that can and does combine with many naturally occurring compounds or elements found in foods and herbs, so this process can actually change the molecular structure of parts of the ingredient. The same is true of freeze drying. At MetaOrganics we follow nature’s lead and never add to or process our raw ingredients in a manner that may fundamentally change the naturally occurring structure of the ingredient or its components.
Extraction processing to accentuate an active can be taken too far. For example, when you extract Turmeric or Cucuma longa to get a high level of curcuminoid actives this is fine as long as you do not continue the concentration process where you end up with an isolated chemical compound. For example; it is possible to extract an orange or orange juice for its vitamin C until you get one part of the whole vitamin C known as the ascorbic acid compound. It would be a waste to extract to a point where only ascorbic acid was left isolated and divorced from all the other nutrient factors found in an orange. It would be easier and less expensive just to make the ascorbic acid, if that is what you wanted, through a chemical process and this is what is normally done to create significant quantities ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid and other isolated parts of vitamins are often made chemically in labs. The same is true of certain herbal actives such as curcumainoids, but if you understand that isolated chemical anolouges of naturally occurring vitamins or actives are synthetic and bad for your health then you do not want the chemical forms, but rather you want the real, naturally occurring forms of these vitamins and actives as found in nature with all of the associated supporting factors as made by nature in a food or herb source. MetaOrganics products use ingredients of herbal and food extracts that have not been extracted to a ridiculous level in order to accentuate certain vitamins or actives, but rather our food and herbal extracts are extracted to ratios that allow the maintenance of all of the full spectrum nutrients and X factors as provided by nature in food and herbs. Unlike others, this means we do not exceed certain ratios of extraction that would cause the loss of full spectrum qualities that would create an imbalanced extract that did not reflect the complete nutrient or active profile of the original raw material food or herbal source.
How are your tablets made?
We created PurTabTM herbal and food formulations. This means none of our tablets contain any artificial or non-organic or synthetic excipients such as binders, fillers, or lubricants that are common to tablets. Tablets or “pills” are the best delivery system because they are the traditional way to take food and herbal supplements. Using capsules bypasses the natural pathways of the digestive system such as the mouth, tongue and throat and even the stomach which offer taste, digestive fluids, and other digestive qualities processes that help the supplement to be broken down and fully assimilated. Natural pathways should never be bypassed and PurTab has been developed to assure natural, traditional digestion of food supplements.
What about allergens?
MetaOrganics products are vegan and hypoallergenic do not contain soy, peanuts, corn, or other common allergens. Many food supplements rely on USP synthetic vitamins or various strengths of added synthetic nutrients or actives. No synthetic, chemical isolated nutrients of any kind are ever added or contained in any MetaOrganics products.
Are your products safe?
MetaOrganics formulas are compounded upon traditional herbal remedies that have been used safely for centuries. This means there is no experimentation or guessing. The advantage is that we know that the formulas will work for long term use without problems and that and that they have worked well for a very long time. MetaOrganics formulas are balanced and universally applicable for all body types or persons according to their condition specific application. All formula ingredients are organic and do not contain any synthetics or unbalancing allergenic components such as soy, corn, yeast or peanuts. We are constantly upgrading our manufacturing facilities and laboratories and do periodic inspections of our GMP manufacturing plants and labs.
What is your Ethos?
MetaOrganics is small company of men and women dedicated to consumer’s health and also to humanitarian goals of helping others achieve optimal wellness through self care and professional health care.
Isolated, chemically created vitamins and herbal actives are actually drugs and not at all natural.
The use of drugs for emergency care is a good thing. I certainly want to have the best drugs available for myself or others who may experience an accident or other medical emergency, but drugs are not the answer for long term health maintenance. Because of our technical and scientific revolution that began over 70 years ago which has promoted and even biased our medical industry toward the use of synthetic drugs over natural traditional herbal remedies the public has forgotten where our pantheon of drugs got their start. Before the advent of synthetic drugs all “medicine” was herbal and based upon natural, traditional remedies that were well known with proven effects. In fact, drugs have been developed by examining the ‘actives” as found in natural botanical herbal remedies and these active compounds have been synthetically reproduced and manipulated to make modern drugs. This is still the method that is used today. That is, when a drug company wants to find out how to make a successful therapeutic drug for say, arthritis, they will often study the traditional herbal remedies for arthritis then pick apart the herbal phytochemical profile looking for the “main” active compounds that positively help to reduce inflammation, for example, and then ID that active and do animal and human studies using that active to prove that it will reduce inflammation problems associated with arthritis. Next, the drug company will make a synthetic drug based upon their clinical trials and try to patent the compound(s) they used to ameliorate the arthritis conditions in their studies. This is often how a new drug is created and why the big Pharmas all have researchers who scour the jungles of South America and countries all over the world looking for unique plant-based medicines that they may be able to use to create new drugs. This “drug” mentality spills over into the herb industry we have today and some herb companies actually try to and are successful in patenting certain chemical “actives” found in herbs. When that active in the herb gets some promotion or publicity then it is often touted by the herb company as the most important part of the herb and is used to control the use of the herb. Herbs can be specially extracted to accentuate certain active compounds and this happens often when a company is promoting an active compound and its use for a condition such as weight loss that they have a patent on. Unfortunately, this happens a lot and then the herbal extract that is created is not full spectrum, that is, not representative of the original raw herb, but rather concentrated in a way that is representative of the “active” that is being promoted. When an herbal active is highly promoted this leads to the chemical synthesizing of the active compound attempting to make a chemical duplicate of the active or, in other words, a drug. When this happens then some unscrupulous companies find it cheaper to use a raw herb and then add the chemical active to that raw herb and make their herbal material appear “potent.” In reality, this is fraudulent use of drugs added to our natural herbs and most consumers never know this is happening, but it happens a lot in the herbal industry. MetaOrganics does appreciate useful actives as found in traditional medicinal herbs, but we believe the herbal extract should be full spectrum and maintain the original profile of the raw herb and it should not be manipulated or accentuated toward any particular active it may contain. Herbs are made by nature in a perfect manner and are naturally balanced. That natural balance must be maintained even when the herb is extracted to increase its effectiveness. This is why we make only full spectrum extracts which are naturally balanced and not imbalanced in favor of any actives and, of course, we never add any synthetics to our product ingredients especially synthetic actives of any kind.
For example, you could extract an orange continuously and with different methods until you isolated the vitamin C part known as ascorbic acid. This would be a waste of time since you can synthesize ascorbic acid cheaply. Also, ascorbic acid is not really vitamin C at all, but only a part of the whole vitamin C. Whole, real vitamin C contains bioflavinoids, other flavinoids, tannins, ellagic acid, and many other unknown associated factors in addition to ascorbic acid that make the whole vitamin C possible. Our Amla-C extract is a full spectrum extract of Amla berries and is high in naturally occurring whole vitamin C.
Pristine environments are the sources of Metaorganics raw materials
We are very careful about where our raw herbs and foods are sourced from. For example, many of our organic herbs are coming from a pristine area in Northern India known as Chitrakoot, “the hill of many wonders.” Chitrakoot nestles peacefully in the northern spurs of the Vindhyas, a place of tranquil forest glades and quiet rivers, and streams where calm and repose are all-pervading. It covers a vast area comprising five villages: Sitapur, Karvi, Nayagaon, Kamta, and Khohi.
This loveliest of nature’s gifts is also hallowed ground, blessed by the proverbial saints and gods and sanctified by the faith of pilgrims. Today, the main pilgrim center, Ram Ghat, on the banks of the river Mandakini is synonymous with Chitrakoot, whose spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages. It was in these deep forests that Rama and Sita of ancient legendary fame spent 11 of their 14 years of exile; here that great sages Atri and Sati Anusuya meditated; and here that the principal trinity of the Vedic tradition pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh, took their incarnations. Sufferers and seekers, poets and visionaries, princes and noblemen have, through the ages, sought and found solace in Chitrakoot, drawn inspiration from its sublime natural beauty, gained spiritual strength from its serene and pristine environment, and, in turn, become part of the hallowed legend that is Chitrakoot.
What is the main point of Metaorganics’ product offering?
Metaorganics offers the next generation of food supplements and the “Final Evolution” of food supplementation. It is interesting that we have taken things “full circle.” In other words, the final evolution looks a lot like the original evolution of making supplements in the traditional manner except that we have scaled things up using larger equipment and now GMP manufacturing and production laboratory standard operating procedures for quality control of larger production runs. We also test for heavy metals, microbiologicals, and other purity standards.
What is the origin of MetaOrganics – What is the Story?
The story starts with Dr. Scott Treadway who developed the line based upon his life experience in the food supplement industry.
In 1975 Dr. Treadway had a revelation after trying to find a good calcium and Multiple food supplement for his son who was hyperactive. He noticed that the food supplement choices did not have any “food” in them! They were mainly food-less food supplements with inorganic minerals and USP synthetic vitamins, and other synthetic nutrients. After finding another approach using diet and therapies to help his son ameliorate his hyperactivity he decided to create a line of real food supplements for his beloved family and for others.
At that time there were no “real” vitamin or mineral food supplements that did not derive their labeled nutrient values from USP synthetic vitamins or inorganic and isolated elemental minerals, so a new real food supplement line was created. Dr. Treadway made a line called “Golden Epoch” food supplements. In a few years this line filled a niche for those who understood the value of real naturally occurring nutrients or herbal actives from real food sources rather than from chemical laboratories.
A few years later some companies and entrepreneurs who noticed the success of this new line began other lines based upon the “grow” principle of making food supplements. The grow process has to do with using yeast or another “base” material and then spiking that liquefied base material with synthetic vitamins, inorganic minerals and nutrients to artificially rise the nutrient values of that base material which is then dried and used for a food supplement that allows for label claims that deliberately fool the consumer into thinking that the spiked nutrient products they produced were actually from food. Of course, they are not really from food at all since they contained synthetics and inorganic ingredients even though the label claim may state “natural” and “food source.”.
Many of these companies that offered the “spiked” products had big budgets and were able to dilute and overwhelm Dr. Treadway’s efforts to educate and inform the public about the truth concerning all of the food supplements currently available in the market place.
Later, Dr. Treadway sold his manufacturing facility and put his trust in others who did not follow through while he went on a ten year sabbatical to study traditional medicine.
Today, Dr. Treadway has returned to practically apply his knowledge related to ideal vitamin, mineral, and herbal food supplements.
The surprising situation today is that the same problems exist in the food supplement industry that existed over thiry years ago. In other words, there are still many companies that offer the spiked supplements and many more that offer mainly synthetic and inorganic supplements while claiming “natural” and “food source” on their labels, but it is still not true.
This why after 30 years Dr. Treadway has come back and has created the MetaOrganics line because the consumer is still in the dark about true and pure food supplements. Food supplements should come only from foods and herbs without any added synthetics or inorganics. We must leave behind the old synthetic nutrient paradigm and move onto the final evolution of real, pure supplements devoid of toxic synthetics.
The phrase “synthetic nutrient” is an oxymoron since the reality is that all real nutrients are natural not synthetic. Only nature can make a real nutrient and humans cannot.
Dr. Treadway has returned to begin his “new and improved” product line again and is determined this time to fully educate the public about the truth concerning real food supplements with real vitamins, minerals, nutrients and naturally occurring herbal actives.
Another problem today is that some herbal actives known to be valuable for healing and the amelioration of health conditions are actually synthetic. Synthetic vitamins and herbal actives are toxic in the same way that drugs are toxic. Drugs are useful especially in emergency care, but for long term health many people understand that food and real food supplements only from naturally occurring food and herbs devoid of toxic synthetics are most valuable for health maintenance and rejuvenation.
The purpose of Dr. Treadway‘s return to the industry and approach today is to educate the consumer to use only real, natural, food and herbal source supplements and he is dedicated to manifesting a practical example of this “final evolution” in nutrient therapy devoid of synthetics in the form of the MetaOrganics line.
There are a number of great companies with good products and no one has any reason to hide behind inaccurate and anonymous blanket statements.
By not following the practice ourselves we hope to influence other companies to just openly state their concentration methods, their concentration ratios, and the mgs of every ingredient in their formula.
There is a vast difference in potency between a product made from crude herbal powder and herbal extracts. In both cases the herbal materials used should be full-spectrum and organic.
We don’t recommend ever buying a herbal remedy unless the potency is on the label panel and a statement of extract or crude herb is available. We have sent out competitor products for testing that are in vegecaps or tablets and so far we have found that most of the time they are simply offering the crude powdered herb and not a standardized extract
We encourage consumers to compare the potency on the labels.
What is a Standardized Extract
Some extracts are labeled and sold as standardized extracts. According to industry sources, the desired constituents in standardized extracts are measured and are listed as a percentage of the total weight of the extract. For example, echinacosides are the desired compounds present in echinacea extract. A capsule containing 250 mg of echinacea extract standardized to 4 percent would contain 10 mg of echinacosides. In some cases, the desired constituent is a known active ingredient or it is standardized as a ratio. In any case, the herb being standardized should not have a synthetic active added, but rather the active should be naturally occurring in the herb that is being standardized. One problem happening in the industry now is that some herbal actives are synthesized and added to the crude or extracted herb. At MetaOrganics none of our products have any added synthetic herbal actives.
What Does Extract Ratio’s mean
An extract ratio depends on the concentration of the herb. Thus, 5:1 in this context means that 5 pounds of crude herb powder produces 1 pound of finished extract of the herb. Another example: If the extract is a 10:1 ratio then 10 pounds of the herb will yield 1 pound of the extract.
In cases where the active ingredient has not been identified, another “marker ” compound, or substance that is known to be present in the plant, may be measured for the purpose of standardization. Spectrophotometric testing and high pressure liquid chromatography may be used to measure standardized constituents.
For MetaOrganics extracts the active ingredients are concentrated in a full-spectrum manner , and undesirable substances such as fibers, cellulose or other non-critical matter is removed.
NATURALLY OCCURRING WELLNESS
Metaorganics offers the next generation of food supplements and the “Final Evolution” of food supplementation.
MetaOrganics products are vegan and hypoallergenic and do not contain soy, peanuts, corn, or other common allergens. Many food supplements rely on USP synthetic vitamins or various strengths of added synthetic nutrients or actives for their nutritional values. No synthetic, chemical isolated nutrients of any kind are ever added or contained in any MetaOrganics products.
Herbal health supplements from plant sources are sometimes referred to as “phytopharmaceuticals.” They are produced from fresh, dried or extracted plants or parts of plants.
MetaOrganics products are raw, full-spectrum, naturally processed organic extract formulas with naturally occurring nutrients and actives and no synthetics of any kind.
All of our product ingredients are organic and grown and processed without artificial fertilizers, insecticides, or synthetics of any kind.
All our products are 100% plant-based raw foods and are not just a common food supplements. For example, our vitamin C comes from Amla berry concentrate which is a traditional botanical food that contains all naturally occurring, full spectrum sources of vitamin C along with other full-spectrum supporting and enhancing nutritional factors as found in real foods.
For example, Amla has all of the “whole” vitamin C in full-spectrum amounts including bioflavonoids like rutin, hesperidin, and quercetin. Also, it contains ellagic acid (more than some ellagic acid supplements made for delivery of ellagic acid), tannins (additional flavonoids/antioxidants). Amla C is non-acid forming in the stomach. Unlike other vitamin C products that are specially treated or manipulated and buffered to prevent acidic reaction in the stomach Amla C is naturally non-acidic in the stomach.
We should remind people that science and nutrition only mix when you are needing help testing and determining superior quality of a nutrient or food, but although we appreciate science and technology, it has never created or improved upon nature for any food or nutrient – ever….and never will since nature’s intelligence is divine and infinitely complex whereas the human intellect is finite. If it was otherwise then we could produce nutritious living foods or nutrients made out of chemicals in our lab and that is impossible. Only nature can make an apple.
- How to Read a Food Supplement Label:
HOW TO READ A FOOD SUPPLEMENT LABEL
I am going to teach you how to read a food supplement label so that you can give yourself the opportunity to make the best and most natural choices when using a food supplement.
Everyone who takes food supplements such as vitamins or herbal remedies wants to know what they are taking. The best way to do this is to look at the product label.
This approach sounds simple and like common sense, but did you know that many vitamins and herbal products contain synthetic or unnatural ingredients and that unless you know what to look for on the label you may be ingesting these synthetics and unnatural ingredients?
If you don’t care what kind of food supplements you take, that is fine, but you should have knowledge about the quality of your food supplement ingredients so that you can make an informed choice. Reading the food supplement label will help you to make an informed choice.
If you want to know what is really in your food and dietary supplements you must be able to read the food supplement product label correctly. Otherwise, you risk ingesting synthetics and unnatural ingredients that may actually harm you even though you think the product is natural and harmless.
Synthetic nutrients are man-made chemical compounds that are manufactured the same as drugs and therefore, like drugs, they are generally toxic and may produce side effects over long term use as all drugs do.
The body is intelligent and does not like synthetic nutrients that do not come from real food or herbal sources. The body can tolerate a lot, but synthetics are toxic to one degree or another and cause a body burden.
I am not anti-drug since drugs are very necessary especially in emergencies or when we need clinical care. If I have an emergency or immediate problem I want the best drugs possible.
However, for long term preventive health I like naturally occurring nutrients rather than synthetics since there is less chance for side effects or long term toxicity.
Before we get into specific information on food supplement labels let me tell you about the three categories of food supplement products in the market place that are available to you as a consumer. This information will help you to categorize a food supplement product and I will tell you how to read a label to know what category your food supplement falls into.
There are basically three categories or types of food supplements on the market today.
- Food supplements that have Only Naturally Occurring potencies of vitamins, minerals, herbal actives or other nutrients derived directly from naturally occurring traditional food sources. These supplements do not contain synthetic or unnatural excipients. (This category is currently rare and difficult to find).
- Food supplements that have partial naturally occurring potencies of vitamins, minerals or herbal actives or other nutrients derived directly from traditional or non-traditional food sources and also contain synthetics (man-made chemical compounds) added indirectly to the “mix” of ingredients found in the product formula. These supplements may or may not contain synthetic or unnatural excipients. (These supplements are a higher end type of supplements, but are not completely natural and are mostly found abundantly available in natural food stores).
- Food supplements that contain the direct addition of synthetic vitamins, inorganic minerals or other synthetic nutrients (man-made chemical compounds) usually deposited in a base of traditional or non-traditional food sources or just added to the product excipients. These synthetic supplements may or may not contain synthetic or unnatural excipients. (These supplements are found in almost every mass market grocery or convenience store and represent the largest category of food supplements available to the consumer).
Here is a diagram illustrating the 3 categories as above:
Here is some additional information that should be on the label related to the 3 categories as above.
This information that should be on the product labels and will help you to determine which category of supplement (1-3) that you are currently using or intending to use or want to use.
These food supplements are naturally occurring from traditional foods and herbs or other naturally occurring sources and do not contain any synthetics, GMO’s or other potentially harmful ingredients. This information should be indicated on the label. You should see on the label that the ingredients are “naturally occurring” or the equivalent and the main ingredients should include the exact Latin (scientific) or common name of the food or herbal source of the nutrient.
If there is a claim for a potency of a vitamin, mineral, herbal active or other naturally occurring nutrient then this nutrient should be referenced directly to the specific natural food or herbal source from which it is derived.
For example, the label for a product with a naturally occurring source of vitamin C would read something like the following:
“Contains 25 mg of Vitamin C form Acerola cherries/fruit or from Amla berries/fruit.” (or some other naturally occurring source of vitamin C)
The above example would be similar for any food supplement label with a claim of any naturally occurring nutrient or active ingredient such as B vitamins, any other vitamins, any minerals, any herbs or herbal actives or any other nutrients where there is a potency claim or naturally occurring claim or equivalent claim.
If you do not see some information like the above on a food supplement label for all the ingredients in the product that is claiming a potency for any ingredient or any part of the product or is claiming to be a naturally occurring product that has naturally occurring ingredients then that product probably is not actually naturally occurring and it will fall into Category 2 or 3 instead of Category 1.
These supplements although much better than purely synthetic supplements are not completely naturally occurring and often contain the indirect addition of synthetics.
Unlike Category 1 food supplements, Category 2 supplements may use our labeling laws to obscure the fact that they are adding synthetics to their products indirectly.
To understand Category 2 food supplements you have to look at the manufacturing process they use.
Here is what I mean. Most consumers and even experts in the food supplement industry do not know that Category 2 food supplements contain synthetics. This is mainly an industry secret because the process used by Category 2 food supplement manufacturers is normally not fully disclosed since they do not want the consumer to know about it.
Most Category 2 food supplements use some good food ingredients and even a majority of good ingredients for many of their supplement ingredients which may be naturally occurring.
The problem is that they often also add synthetics in their products and do not disclose the fact that they are adding these synthetic (man-made chemical compounds) into their product for their product potency claims. They also do not use the word “synthetic” or an equivalent description on their product labels even when the product contains added synthetics. Our current labeling law allows this.
When a Category 2 food supplement product contains synthetic vitamins, for example, they are using an artificial process to accomplish this.
What they do is use a “base” medium of probiotics, algae or most often a yeast base such as the yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast bacterium.
This medium of yeast is then “cultured” or fermented and synthetic vitamins such as USP B vitamins or other vitamins or nutrients or inorganic minerals or other synthesized nutrients are added to the yeast medium. After the yeast “soup” that has been “enhanced” or spiked by the addition of various synthetic nutrients is used as a base material for the Category 2 food supplement manufacturing.
Another thing about Category 2 food supplement labels is that they often refer to the source of their nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients as coming from a “food source” or “food base” or some equivalent description rather than stating the exact single food or herb that could be a source for the specific nutrient being described.
For example: The Category 2 product label mentions Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and refers the source to be a “food source” or “food based” or something similar. When you see this kind of information on a label it usually means they are referring to the yeast soup that contains the synthetic nutrients such as synthetic Vitamin B1 (Thiamine).
So, they are stating that the B1 (Thiamine) is derived from the spiked medium that has been spiked with added synthetic B1 and that the B1 is Not coming from a naturally occurring source. In other words, they are stating on the label that the source of the claimed nutrient potency of the Vitamin B1 they are referring to is actually synthetic and not naturally occurring.
This above example is also true for other synthetic nutrients as found in Category 2 products.
Identifying the real source of the nutrients (naturally occurring or synthetic) in a Category 2 supplement by reading the label is more tricky than reading a Category 1 or Category 3 food supplement label.
This is because the Category 2 labels often seem subtly misleading in some ways. They want you to assume that their claimed potencies are coming from naturally occurring sources even if they are not and for most consumers, this illusory approach has worked for many years. Now it is time to awaken to the truth.
If you read the Category 2 label carefully and follow the example as above you can determine if the product contains synthetic ingredients and falls into Category 2.
Here is my opinion about eating yeast as used in many Category 2 food supplements or eating any yeast for that matter.
I think yeast is toxic. Yeast was never a traditional food on its own. It is a fungus. Unlike certain mushroom fungi, yeast has never been a traditional, main-stream, stand-alone food. It is a natural and intuitive choice of many people to avoid yeast altogether. Some yeasts react like MSG or other toxic substances in the body.
Many people are allergic to yeast since the body often has an adverse reaction to ingested yeast. We don’t know everything about the dangers of yeast and so to be safe I never recommend eating it.
These supplements are the most widely distributed and utilized food supplements in the USA and the world. Many of these products contain synthetic vitamins and nutrients and you can know this quite easily by reading their labels.
The Category 3 supplements make no effort to hide the fact that many of their products contain synthetic, man-made chemically compounded nutrients.
I consider Category 3 food supplements to be ordinary even highly toxic as compared to Category 1 supplements which have no synthetics. They are also usually of much less quality than Category 2 supplements.
When you read a Category 3 food supplement label of a product that contains synthetic nutrients it is usually clear that they are synthetic.
For Example: If you purchase a Category 3 Multiple Vitamin food supplement it will list the synthetic vitamins it contains in the “Supplement Facts” box on the label. What you will see are references to various vitamins such as Vitamin C which will be described as “Ascorbic acid” or “Sodium ascorbate” or something similar – these are synthetic forms of vitamin C. You may also see references to other synthetic nutrients such as Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) as “Thiamine HCL” or something similar. The “HCL” means the chemical Hydrochloric acid form of the synthetic vitamin or nutrient. Other synthetic nutrients listed in the multiple may have chemical sounding names as well. If they have one synthetic vitamin in the multiple vitamins then it is likely they have more than one and probably all of their nutrient ingredients may be synthetic.
Usually, Category 3 food supplements use only the synthetic versions of nutrient ingredients which are cheap to manufacture and which allows the company brand to increase their profit margins. Unless it is an emergency, I never recommend using Category 3 supplements since they are generally the lowest quality and filled with toxic synthetics.
The above information should help you to begin reading food supplement labels with more discrimination and allow you to make choices you may not know that you had.
If you would like further and more detailed information I recommend reading the book, “Supplements Exposed” by Dr. Brian Clement which is available from booksellers and it is also available online from vendors like Amazon.com.
My best to you in health and happiness!
Dr. Scott Treadway
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