Pristine Environment. Ideal Growing Conditions. Sustainable Quality
New Zealand’s status as a world leader in traceability and as a clean, unpolluted source of actives comes with great effort. Lobbying groups have had to fight for strict policies regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) quarantine to achieve a disease free status (EU’s Cat. 1 status). As a result of these efforts, our high OPC PBE is extracted:
- Under uniquely favorable conditions
- Via Patented Pure Water Extraction Technology
- GRAS, Halal and Kosher certified
- To yield a broad flavonoid blend—polymeric & monomeric procyanidins & stilbenes
- Resulting in over 30 components positively identified
- For an in vitro antioxidant rating of: ORAC: 9046 ± 18 umol trolox/g
Since the 1980s the levels of ozone in the southern hemisphere have thinned, creating unique atmospheric conditions for the region, with elevated levels of UV-B sunlight.
Because the yearly average hours of sunshine exceeds 2,000, this elevated exposure induces a unique response from the exposed flora. The plant yields provide higher levels of biologically active and beneficial compounds compared to identical cultivars grown in other regions of the world.
Additionally, the abundant, consistent rainfall on the North Island assures constant growth unmatched in any other part of the world. The climate qualifies as a marine west coast (with no dry season, and a warm summer), with a cool temperate steppe biozone. The soil in the area is high in andosols (richly fertile and relatively young), composed of dark colored volcanic materials.