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Q: We often get asked why there are so many ingredients in our products and the purpose.

A: Let’s take Liver Flush as an example, why is it better than just using straight Milk Thistle?  Products based on formulations are usually more effective than single ingredient products for the following reasons:

    1. In order for a single herb product to work you must have a large enough quantity of the active compound/s within the herb to produce the required effect.  In many cases the quantity of the active compounds in the herb varies according many factors e.g. where the herb is grown, the soil conditions, the weather conditions etc.  To illustrate this point, it is well known that in the production of wine, the flavour of the grape changes from year to year and is also dependent on where the grape is grown (eg A merlot grape grown in BC will produce a wine which has a different flavour from one that is grown in Ontario).  The same issues apply to medicinal herbs.  Since the quantity of active compounds found in a single herb changes from year to year it is quite conceivable that the efficacy will have great variation.  On the other hand if we use a formula (herbal combination) the chances of all of the herbs in the combination having lower amounts of the active is relatively small so from batch to batch we do not expect great changes in the efficacy of the product.

    2. Different herbs have active compounds that affect the body via different physiological mechanisms.  Therefore when you use a formula you can have a multiplicative effect in efficacy i.e. the herbs have a synergistic effect with each other producing an effect greater than the effects of the individual herb.

    3. If an animal were to have a reaction to a given herb the severity of the reaction will depend on the quantity of the given herb.  In products containing a herbal combination each individual herb is in lower quantities thereby minimizing any side effects.

    4. In many cases herbal formulations include herbs that negate the side effects of other herbs.  This cannot occur in single herb products.  In addition, in many herbal formulations some herbs in the formula are present to enhance the absorption of the active herbs thereby producing a product with superior efficacy. 

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