The use of Botanicals in medicine dates back thousands of years. In fact, many of today's medicines were originally derived from Botanicals. For example, aspirin once came from the white willow tree, quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree and digitalis from foxglove. Botanicals are still the basis for Chinese medicine and are important constituents of many European natural remedies. As Hippocrates said, 'Let thy food be thy medicine, thy medicine be thy food'. Solgar is committed to bringing you the best Botanical supplements available today. We apply the same high standards to our Botanicals as with the rest of our nutritional supplements.
Solgar's Botanicals are carefully selected from plants growing in the wild (wildcrafted) or meticulously cultivated on special Botanical farms. We choose the finest, freshest Botanicals based on a strict set of criteria such as, the correct geographical origin of the raw material, the authentication of the species and the quality of the raw material. Our Botanicals enter Solgar's state-of-the-art quality control microbiological laboratory where they are scientifically evaluated for their quality, purity, potency and authenticity.
Most Solgar Botanical supplements are available in vegetable capsules, our two-piece capsule made entirely from vegetable cellulose. Unlike many other encapsulated Botanical products, Solgar-s Botanical supplement in vegetable capsules are completely free of animal derivatives. The clear capsule is fast dissolving and completely neutral to the Botanical contents. Vegetable capsules are free of potential irritants such as starch, sugar, preservatives and colour, making it the perfect capsule for Botanical supplements.
Botanicals have been used by mankind since early history. The beneficial effects of foods beyond their nutrient function have been recognised since early times, notably in the 5th century BC by the Greek healer Hippocrates. The use of Botanicals to maintain health has been the popular choice throughout Europe for many centuries. The consumption of teas, digestive drinks, juices, elixirs and extracts prepared from Botanicals and used for health maintenance purposes has become part of European cultural heritage.
Botanicals and Homeostasis
The use of Botanicals for health promotion purposes can be explained by their effects on the body's homoeostasis. 'Homoeostasis' is appropriately defined by the Council of Europe in their 2005 'Guidelines on the Quality, Safety and Marketing of Plant-based Food Supplements' as:
'…the status of a person whose physiological parameters function within the limits considered as normal'.
The body and body cells need to be in an 'internal environment' where the conditions do not change much and never reach extremes that are damaging to them. Homeostasis is the keeping of this internal environment stable.
Special 'homoeostatic processes' are needed to maintain this stability, and conditions that are regulated in homeostasis include blood glucose level, temperature, water content of the body, and the amount of carbon dioxide and urea being carried by the blood. When the body is out of homeostasis during illness and needs to be brought into homeostasis again, medicinal products are indicated. Botanical supplements however, are taken with the aim of supporting, maintaining or optimising normal physiological processes and keeping the body in homeostasis in the best possible way.