Not all St. John’s Wort is created equally
With over 370 species of the genus Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) you’ll find that many companies are using inferior plants with little to no pharmacological effect – the few formulations utilizing high-quality Hypericum are usually composed of whole plants. When using the whole St. John’s Wort plant MAO inhibitors are generated from zanthrones in the plant stem. MAO inhibitors are known to be the cause of antidepressant overdoses.
HBC’s Hypericum formulations are based solely on the napthrodianthrones of the flowers. Napthrodianthrones are the small red and white dots on the flower and the only part of the plant containing hyperforin. Harvesting Hypericum with a high level of hyperforin is crucial to obtaining a high quality extract. Creating high-quality extract is very difficult and costly, and as a result there are very few companies throughout the world that do this the right way.
There is no cutting corners when creating a high quality extract
Starting from the way the plant is grown (e.g. without phosphate fertilizer), to the way the flowers are dried, all the way up to the temperature of the extraction environment – everything is done the right way or the extract will not meet HBC’s high standards. HBC uses a methanol extraction process to isolate the hyperforin in Hypericum and then a broad spectrum grape seed antioxidant is folded in to stabilize the extremely delicate hyperforin substance. Exposing hyperforin to oxygen, heat and moisture will render it useless – HBC’s methods of extraction not only avoid negative exposure, but the time tested methods used also generate hyperforin concentration at the highest levels possible, 4.6%.
Due to low regulation of supplement business in the U.S. many companies make false claims of 5% hyperforin in their products, but 5% hyperforin does not exist, it is too difficult and costly to extract. HBC’s 4.6% hyperforin is the best extract available.