Unstandardized Extracts

Posted by Ryan Wade on Feb 12, 2019

Unstandardized Extracts

The Mother

pine pollen extract

I don’t like the vague or the ambiguous. I like nuance and subtly. But not wishy-washy.

So when I tell you that we are swapping out our 10:1 Pine Pollen Extract for an unstandardized extract, you can rest assured that it’s for good reason. 

But...what does unstandardized even mean?

It means this: A pure extract. Think of it as the “mother” extract.

In fermentation, such as sourdough bread, kombucha, or vinegar—that is, wild fermentation—you keep a mother. When you start a new project, or a new starter, you take a little of the mother and use it to reproduce the culture in larger quantities. I’m an avid sourdough bread baker, so I am constantly doing this. Each day I have to refresh—refeed—my starter. I take 20 grams of the mother (the ripe starter), and add it to 100 grams of flour and 100 grams of water. In about 10 hours, this will become the new mother, because of fermentation.

In producing powdered extracts, something similar happens. You start with a super concentrated powdered extract—like the mother. This “mother extract” is around a 50:1 concentration. Then, you adjust the ratio of ingredients until you reach the desired ratio. Most often, that is a 5:1 or a 10:1.

But unlike in fermentation, the 5:1 or the 10:1 can’t multiply and become a 50:1. With unscrupulous vendors, you may end up with a final product that contains as much as 30% maltodextrin—even when that extract is listed as a 10:1.

I’m willing to trade a little ambiguity for a much stronger, cleaner extract. I’ll bet you are too.

This isn’t rocket science, but it did take a long time to develop. The actual concentration of the mother extract will vary. Not by much, but a little. And this is why we are listing this as an unstandardized extract.

Think of unstandardized as a synonym for the mother extract: The strongest, cleanest extract available. 

Unstandardized, full spectrum, full potency. 

Right now, you can experience this unstandardized extract our  Pine Pollen Extract Capsules. These are fortified with just a touch of Piperine. Piperine is an extract of black pepper (Piper nigrum). Piperine increases bio-availability, which means even greater benefit, greater value to you.

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