The medicinal powers of garlic have been used and celebrated around the world and throughout recorded history. Over the past few decades, scientific research has methodically validated garlic’s traditional reputation, unravelling the mysteries of how garlic enhances human health.
Cardiovascular disease is associated with multiple factors such as high levels of cholesterol, excessive blood clotting, and high blood pressure. Numerous in vitro studies confirm garlic’s ability to reduce these risk factors. These findings have also been confirmed in clinical trials. Garlic extract protects against atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular disorders by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, inhibiting platelet aggregation, improving circulation, and retarding progression of coronary-artery calcification. Garlic extract can also modulate the immune system and help bring it back into balance when it has been depleted or overactive.
Garlic is a potent, broad-spectrum antimicrobial that is can be effective against many bacterial and fungal infections including candida (Candida albicans)(candida). Natural Factors GarlicRich is made from the whole bulb of garlic to ensure its synergistic complexity. The garlic is grown without pesticides and the bulbs are hand-picked and stored in cool temperatures away from light and air to preserve the enzymes and other compounds that make garlic so beneficial. The bulbs are gently processed without ethanol or other solvents. A processing method called EnviroSimplex, which ensures potency and protects precious actives, exceeds pharmaceutical industry standards and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines. The garlic in GarlicRich is concentrated 10:1. Each highly potent and odourless 500 mg softgel equals eight cloves of whole garlic.
Who is Natural Factors?
Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America. But their origins reach back to the 1950s, and right from day one, they’ve always been fully committed to making products right. They are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, they care about impressing you.
Everything Starts With the Soil
Their farm has truly unique soil, built up over millennia as water from Otter Lake repeatedly flooded the valley below. The floods deposited a tremendous amount of organic matter onto the land. The resulting alluvial soil is extremely fertile. This incredible top soil is over two metres deep in places and has special lime stratification, which plays an important role in neutralizing the pH of the soil.
Controlling the Harvest
They also have full control over the harvest. For example, they selectively handpick the echinacea flowers, picking only the mature flower heads, because they contain the highest levels and best ratios of active ingredients. That’s a great advantage over mechanical harvesting, which doesn’t allow for selection based on the maturity of the plants
One of the advantages of doing their own organic farming is having complete control over seed selection. They make sure to choose true “species” non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. It’s very important to make sure that the seedlings are natural and healthy, because healthy seedlings mean healthy mature plants. Some of the open pollinated, non-hybridized crops we grow are Echinacea purpurea, astragalus, alfalfa, and lavender.
They have close to 700,000 square feet of space across nine locations in North America, housing offices, manufacturing and production facilities, laboratories, distribution centres, and extensive warehouses. Their head office is in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Our new US office is in Monroe, Washington.
Industry Leaders in Manufacturing
Their vitamin and supplement manufacturing capabilities include tableting, liquid and powder extraction, multi-ingredient aqueous granulations, and a liquid fill line. They are the only branded manufacturer of nutraceuticals in Canada to have their own softgel encapsulation facility, giving them further control over the end product. Theirsoftgel facility can produce up to four billion softgels per year.
Big Enough to do it Right
They believe we need to be “big enough to do it right.” This means bringing as many processes in-house as possible. They are one of the only nutritional companies to have their own organic farms, their own extraction, encapsulation, and production facilities, their own labs and research facilities, and a vast network of academic, scientific, and retail partners.