Botanical Extracts

Botanical Extracts

Botanical extracts are produced in three main steps: the aqueous extraction in which the soluble components are separated from the cellulosic matrix as in a tea infusion process; the concentration step when most of the water is removed by heat and vacuum; and, finally, the drying process in a spray-dryer where the concentrated emulsion is converted into a fine dry powder. The extraction process allows for the manufacturing of food ingredients with higher concentrations of phytochemicals like polyphenols, flavonoids and others. Moreover, by removing the insoluble components of the herbs, the resulting extracts are ideally suited for beverage applications.

Botanical Extracts

  • Cat’s Claw
  • Guarana
  • Guayusa
  • Maca
  • Yerba Mate

Cat’s Claw

Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s claw is a vine plant of the Rubiaceae Family originally from the Peruvian Jungles. The plant has long been used as a medicinal herb by the indigenous people in Peru. Compounds contained in cat’s claw have been linked to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Format available: extract (conventional)  

Guarana

Paullinia cupana

Guarana is a seed from native trees of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It has been used by Amazon Indians for centuries and is well known for its therapeutic effects. The word guarana originates from the Tupi-Guarani word guara-ná, which means “fruit as the eyes of people”, since it resembles a human eye.

Mature guarana seeds contain impressive levels of a range of stimulating compounds including caffeine, theophylline and theobromine. Guarana seeds also contain antioxidants, saponins, tannins and catechins. The components of guarana seeds work synergistically providing a more stimulating effect than caffeine alone. Guarana has a unique flavor and is an attractive ingredient in energy-boosting formulations such as beverages, bars and powder blends.

Format available: extract (organic, standardized in caffeine content).

Guayusa

Ilex guayusa

Guayusa is an herb originally found in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. In recent years it has gained recognition for its flavor and properties.

Guayusa is a relative of Yerba Mate but has a unique taste: mild, earthy, slightly sweet with grassy notes and no tannins. Today the agroforestry extraction of guayusa is performed by local farmers and focuses on sustainable practices favoring organic cultivation, biodiversity, and the preservation of local culture and traditions. It has a slightly higher caffeine content than yerba mate and yet similar beneficial health effects. Guayusa can be used in teas and energy drinks.

Format available: extract (organic)

Maca

Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a crop which grows above 11,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. Its consumption dates back to the Inca Era, around 2,000 years ago. Native Peruvians traditionally use the maca root for both nutrition and medicinal purposes.

The edible part is the multi-colored root (yellow, red, and black). Maca is rich in sugars, proteins, starch and essential nutrients (especially iodine and iron). Maca is a nutritious and energizing superfood consumed worldwide.

Format available: extract (organic).

Yerba Mate

Ilex paraguaiensis

Yerba Mate or Mate is part of the cultural identity in South America. Yerba mate was first used as an herbal beverage by Guarani Indians in Brazil and Paraguay some hundreds of years ago. It is enjoyed for its taste and recognized for its stimulant and therapeutic effects.

It contains polyphenols, potent antioxidants and xanthines (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline) responsible for the stimulant effects. Saponins are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate the immune system. 

The extracts of green or roasted leaves are convenient for different applications. Highly soluble, the yerba mate dry extracts are recommended not only for beverage applications, but also for food products.

Formats available: green and roasted extracts (organic, standardized in caffeine content).

Botanicals Dried fruit Powder Extract Seeds Leaf cut Juice* Organic
Cat’s Claw          
Coffee fruit        
Guarana      
Guayusa        
Maca        
Yacon          
Yerba Mate        

Concentrated*

Botanical extracts are produced in three main steps: the aqueous extraction in which the soluble components are separated from the cellulosic matrix as in a tea infusion process; the concentration step when most of the water is removed by heat and vacuum; and, finally, the drying process in a spray-dryer where the concentrated emulsion is converted into a fine dry powder. The extraction process allows for the manufacturing of food ingredients with higher concentrations of phytochemicals like polyphenols, flavonoids and others. Moreover, by removing the insoluble components of the herbs, the resulting extracts are ideally suited for beverage applications.

Botanical Extracts

Cat’s Claw
Guarana
Guayusa
Maca
Yerba Mate


Cat’s Claw
Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s claw is a vine plant of the Rubiaceae Family originally from the Peruvian Jungles. The plant has long been used as a medicinal herb by the indigenous people in Peru. Compounds contained in cat’s claw have been linked to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Format available: extract (conventional).


Guarana
Paullinia cupana

Guarana is a seed from native trees of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It has been used by Amazon Indians for centuries and is well known for its therapeutic effects. The word guarana originates from the Tupi-Guarani word guara-ná, which means “fruit as the eyes of people”, since it resembles a human eye.

Mature guarana seeds contain impressive levels of a range of stimulating compounds including caffeine, theophylline and theobromine. Guarana seeds also contain antioxidants, saponins, tannins and catechins. The components of guarana seeds work synergistically providing a more stimulating effect than caffeine alone. Guarana has a unique flavor and is an attractive ingredient in energy-boosting formulations such as beverages, bars and powder blends.

Format available: extract (organic, standardized in caffeine content).


Guayusa
Ilex guayusa

Guayusa is an herb originally found in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. In recent years it has gained recognition for its flavor and properties.

Guayusa is a relative of Yerba Mate but has a unique taste: mild, earthy, slightly sweet with grassy notes and no tannins. Today the agroforestry extraction of guayusa is performed by local farmers and focuses on sustainable practices favoring organic cultivation, biodiversity, and the preservation of local culture and traditions. It has a slightly higher caffeine content than yerba mate and yet similar beneficial health effects. Guayusa can be used in teas and energy drinks.

Format available: extract (organic).


Maca
Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a crop which grows above 11,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes. Its consumption dates back to the Inca Era, around 2,000 years ago. Native Peruvians traditionally use the maca root for both nutrition and medicinal purposes.

The edible part is the multi-colored root (yellow, red, and black). Maca is rich in sugars, proteins, starch and essential nutrients (especially iodine and iron). Maca is a nutritious and energizing superfood consumed worldwide.

Format available: extract (organic).


Yerba Mate
Ilex paraguaiensis

Yerba Mate or Mate is part of the cultural identity in South America. Yerba mate was first used as an herbal beverage by Guarani Indians in Brazil and Paraguay some hundreds of years ago. It is enjoyed for its taste and recognized for its stimulant and therapeutic effects.

It contains polyphenols, potent antioxidants and xanthines (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline) responsible for the stimulant effects. Saponins are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate the immune system. 

The extracts of green or roasted leaves are convenient for different applications. Highly soluble, the yerba mate dry extracts are recommended not only for beverage applications, but also for food products.

Formats available: green and roasted extracts (organic, standardized in caffeine content).

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