Introducing Our Powdered Echinacea Extracts
Since 2017, Nuherbs has pioneered custom-manufacturing of herbal extracts to meet the specific needs of our customers. Sometimes that work for a customer, whom we view as partners in creating excellent products, leads to material so good that we add it to our catalogue. Here’s one case study:
The Search For High Quality Sources of Echinacea purpurea
One of our partners, struggling to find high quality Echinacea purpurea, came to us to see if we could source, grow, and process it to meet their high-potency formulation specifications. Given our unique ability to create a completely traceable, sustainable supply chain, we were able to successfully deliver material that met their needs. Since it was so successful, we added it to our product line. Here’s how we created our high potency Echinacea purpurea powdered extracts available in both organic and conventional versions.
How We Created Our New High-Potency, Echinacea Extracts
Using the Nuherbs Bespoke Extracts™ model, we developed standardized extracts with precise, verified chemical markers. Our process allows for flexibility in determining extract ratios used for herbal supplements, functional foods and beverages, and more.
Applying this technology to our line of stock extracts gives brands a key differentiator in the crowded consumer marketplace – allowing for more delivery formats and/or label claims. Read how we created high-potency, standardized extracts that are also more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly:
Sourcing and Testing
Once we’d sourced samples of Echinacea purpurea aerial parts from China, Europe, and North America, we then tested the levels of phenolic acid and chicoric acid, the two most sought-after phytochemicals.
- The organically grown raw material samples yielded the highest potency, according to our laboratory tests, regardless of location.
- Based on the test results, we then sourced large batches of Echinacea purpurea and harvested them at their peak to formulate samples to our custom specifications.
Cultivation and Extraction
Based on those pilot batches, we partnered with organic herbal growers who practice regenerative agriculture, and could provide Echinacea purpurea grown and harvested to meet our quality standards.
- Once we placed the order, our growers standardized their cultivation and harvest practices for maximum potency and minimum waste.
- Our extraction process also optimizes efficiency and potency – so we can use less of our organic herbal raw material to yield the same precise specifications.
- We are working with them to increase their sustainability efforts to meet new standards.
Each lot begins with organic Echinacea purpurea aerial parts, then we standardize the naturally occurring phytochemicals, including chicoric acids, phenolic compounds, and polyphenols. Our Echinacea purpurea extracts are appropriate for dietary supplements, and functional foods and beverages. We currently can create Echinacea purpurea extracts with the following specs.
Organic Echinacea purpurea Water Extract:
- 1-4% Chicoric Acids
- 2-6% Phenolic Compounds
- 1-2% Polyphenols
- Ratios 5:1-10:1
Conventional Echinacea purpurea Hydro-Alcohol Extract:
- 1-7% Chicoric Acid
- 2-8% Phenolic Compounds
- 4% Polyphenols
- Ratios 5:1-10:1
Nuherbs Bespoke Extracts™ Can Help You
If you don’t see what you need, we can customize extracts to your specifications. For the last 42 years, we’ve specialized in sourcing the highest quality, sustainable Chinese herbs. And, as the herbal marketplace became more globalized, we expanded our sourcing to better serve our customers.
And if you have a specific supply chain and/or R&D need, we will be happy to explore it under our Nuherbs Bespoke Extracts program, or provide standardized extracts for you. Send us an email or call us today!