How do we know our products are safe?
We have visited both our growers in the US and suppliers in the UK
Our products are compliant with current legal requirements of the MHRA - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Information from 'Grow', our producers in the US:
Precise manufacturing controls are maintained throughout the production process. Environmental, in-process and finished product samples are collected and analyzed to assure that each batch of product is of the highest quality.
We produce our products using modified OTC drug manufacturing standards. Grow Company, Inc. has cGMP and GLP protocols in place for the manufacturing of its nutrients. Even though regulations do not require many of these steps, we believe that by following these strict guidelines, we are ensured that our finished product is of superior quality. At our plants, two independent outside contractors are responsible for monitoring water quality; and pest control on a monthly and biweekly basis, respectively.
RAW MATERIALS & PREPARATION
Prior to the start of the production process, the nutrition media must be diluted, clarified, and pH adjusted. This process provides a consistent feed material important for yeast growth, that is also free from unwanted microbial contamination or foreign material. Non-genetically modified dry active yeast and Lactobacillus bulgaricus, carbohydrates, mineral salts, vitamins, and other raw materials are purchased from vendors who meet the strict specifications established for these various materials.
To ensure that we begin with the best ingredients, each batch of raw material undergoes rigorous scientific testing by our quality control experts. To guarantee that purity, safety and potency standards for our raw materials, intermediates and finished products are met, each of these materials are subject to sampling, and then quarantined until approval. Once the testing is completed and approved, a Certificate of Analysis is issued for each individual batch. All manufacturing is based on a lot numbering system, and every batch has its designated lot number for traceability.
Grow Company, Inc's facility is routinely inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plus local, state and federal authorities to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.
PROCESS & TECHNOLOGY:
Our products are trusted by people around the world to provide the best nutritional supplementation, great tasting nutritious foods with natural coloring, and the best health and beauty products.
Diets and lifestyles are changing faster than ever. As we learn more about the links between food, health and well-being, the need to find a healthy balance becomes increasingly urgent. Our response at Grow is to create food type nutrients that can be consumed as nutritional supplements, used in food fortification, taste improvement, natural coloring, and natural ingredients incorporated into cosmetic products.
Nutrition is a key growth factor for our business. Grow Company, Inc. is committed to manufacturing and marketing Re-Natured®, Pro-Natured®, Biogrown®, Biogrow®, and Biogurt™ nutrients that, when added to any food, creates great tasting food and makes a healthy choice an easy choice. We will help our consumers everywhere to achieve nutritional balance, which leads to a vital and healthy life. These supplements are for everyone, especially for people eating on the go or wanting to conjure up a quick meal.
Through sound scientific research, we have developed a deep understanding of consumers' nutritional, health, and health and beauty needs. The resulting evidence benefits the claims we make for our products.
TARGETED DELIVERY TECHNOLOGY - BIOFUSION®
Ingesting such products as natural food allows the essential nutrients to get to the damaged cells without the body's immune system rejecting them. Food is the best means to deliver appropriate amount of nutrients to the body. However, it has been stated that 75 percent of the American population is deficient in trace minerals. European investigators have also released a report in 2002 revealing that 40 percent of elderly study subjects did not meet daily requirements for iron and calcium. There are many other valid evaluations that clearly indicate a huge drop in the nutritional values of today's food. Attending to these fundamentals, and the often poorly understood requirements, are a priority consumers need to put at or near the top of their list.
Even as consumers become more interested in the beneficial aspects of nutraceuticals, they are searching for lower doses and easier ways to consume them. Besides offering products, Grow Company, Inc., continues to explore new delivery systems to ensure bioavailability of efficacious doses of the desired nutrients. One such delivery system is the targeted delivery technology or Carrier Food Factors (CFF). Targeted delivery technologies are generally designed to deliver measurable amount of an ingredient to a specific site. Targeted delivery can also improve the efficacy of a product by routing it to where it is needed the most....same principle as in natural food.
Hence, an important advantage of targeted delivery is the dose. Due to its effectiveness, targeted delivery allows decreases in the dose of ingredients needed in the finished product without sacrificing its benefits.
MANUFACTURING PROTOCOLS - OVERVIEW
Complete hydration of active dry yeast is achieved by mixing one part of the dry yeast with four parts of water at 95-105ºF. Grow Nutrients® are natural products derived from a pure culture of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown in enriched molasses under carefully controlled condition. Grow Nutrients® are manufactured by feeding a controlled amount of mineral salt (vitamin) embedded into an appropriate glycoprotein matrix to the yeast during the budding and growth process. This controlled metabolization process results in a mineral/vitamin yeast product in its most natural environment. During the budding and growth process, the mineral salt/vitamin is added to the budding yeast at an exact concentration, then after a predetermined time the yeast is harvested. The mineral/vitamin yeast is then thoroughly washed number of times with purified water. Then the product, upon enzyme treatment, is cold pasteurized, spray-dried and packed. These products provide minerals and vitamins in a form that is readily absorbed and bio-available.
Re-Natured® Mineral/Vitamins from Grow Company, Inc. are an excellent source of bio-available minerals, vitamins and their respective metabolites. The potency of mineral/vitamin in each product is guaranteed.
Many vitamins do not exist in natural yeast. Therefore, the appropriate vitamin is embedded into a concentrate with close affinity towards that specific vitamin by Biofusion® process. Upon complexation of the vitamin with the food concentrate the Vital Food Factors® (VFF) will direct the nutrient to appropriate sites in the cell. VFF renders the nutrient more bio-available.
WHY SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE?
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) has been known to mankind for thousands of years. Its nutritional values have made it one the richest products. Moreover, the manufacturing process for yeast can be linked to farming. Just like farming, it encompasses preparation, seeding, cultivation and harvesting. However, unlike farming, yeast is grown in highly automated, tightly controlled stainless steel reactors.
The benefits of vitamins and minerals are well documented and accepted. However, not all forms of vitamins and minerals are equal. Today, the term "yeast" is synonymous with nutrition. The nutraceutical, food and health food industries, as well as the animal feed industry, now actively recognize the health benefits of consuming inactive yeast. Re-Natured® nutrients, manufactured exclusively by Grow Company, Inc., are made via growth and metabolization of selected vitamins and minerals in active dry whole cell baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). This process allows an organic complex of the micronutrient to the yeast proteins, which results in a form readily recognized and absorbed by the body. Organic, Re-Natured® nutrients exhibit the following characteristics:
Natural and safe ingredients
Stable and heat resistant: Suitable for tablets, capsules, nutraceutical, and all food applications
No metallic aftertaste: Natural organic Re-Natured® nutrients are ideal for functional foods due to reduced metallic taste associated with inorganic salts
Natural source of: Proteins, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, dietary soluble and insoluble fibers, minerals and vitamins
Highly bio-available and easily assimilated by the human body
MINERAL ENRICHED YEAST
Minerals play a critical role in several metabolic functions and have protective capacities essential to our overall health and well-being. A complete array of mineral enriched yeasts are available from Grow Company, Inc.
VITAMIN ENRICHED YEAST
Yeast has long been recognized as a major natural source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and its metabolites, a nutritious source of protein, and one of the rare vegetarian sources of vitamin B12. Complete ranges of Re-Natured® vitamin enriched yeast products are available from Grow Company, Inc.
MANUFACTURING PROTOCOLS FOR LACTOBACILLUS NUTRIENTS
BIOGROWN® LACTOBACILLUS NUTRIENTS
Grow Company, Inc. has developed an exclusive proprietary bio-carrier system, the latest innovation in nutrient delivery, whereby nutrients are incorporated into the biological system of a natural bacteria, native to the digestive system. Lactobacillus cultured nutrients have the very same impact on intestinal milieu as natural bacteria.
The friendly digestive tract bacterium, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, naturally contains a host of vitamins and minerals. This means that a wide variety of nutrients can successfully be incorporated into this new delivery system. Lactobacillus bulgaricus has been used for centuries in the traditional production of yogurt. We feel it is a particularly appropriate food to deliver nutrients in their complex form.
MANUFACTURING PROTOCOLS FOR BIOGROWN® NUTRIENTS
Biogrown® vitamins/minerals are natural products derived from a pure culture of Lactobacillus bulgaricus grown in enriched media under carefully controlled conditions. These nutrients are manufactured by providing a controlled amount of mineral salt (vitamin) embedded into an appropriate glycoprotein matrix to the growth media. This precise Biogrowth® process results in a mineral/vitamin product in its most natural environment. During the Biofusion® process, the mineral salt/vitamin is added to the growing culture at a predetermined concentration, followed by harvesting. The mineral/vitamin Lactobacillus is then thoroughly washed through a special process using purified fresh water. The product is then spray-dried and packaged. These products, which contain the native digestive tract bacteria, provide minerals and vitamins in a form that is easily absorbed and readily bio-available.
WHY BACTERIAL CULTURE?
Dairy is becoming increasingly popular in the nutraceutical industry, due to its solid nutritional profile and its ability to serve as a medium for the delivery of other nutrients. Research into the function and health benefits of probiotic was first conducted by Nobel Prize-winning Russian physiologist Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916), whose curiosity about the long lives of certain groups of yogurt-eating Russian peasants provoked him to study their dietary habits. He concluded the main cause of aging is the production of toxic substances produced by intestinal putrefaction and suggested that the consumption of lactic acid-producing bacteria (as yogurt) prevents aging.
Innovation plays a major role in the development of dairy based products. Over the past few thousand years, mankind has discovered a number of single celled living sources. A host of these single celled growth media have played a major role in the well being of mankind. Two such cultures are Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Baker's Yeast) and Lactobacillus bulgaricus (Yogurt Culture). These cultures are the source of essential nutrients in the form of natural food. The vitamins and minerals in these products are in true biological form for better absorption by the body. The friendly digestive tract bacteria, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, naturally contain a whole host of vitamins and minerals. This means that a variety of nutrients can successfully be incorporated into this new delivery system.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus has been used for centuries in the traditional production of yogurt. Probiotics in yogurt, some dairy products, and certain supplements, contain these "good bugs"; live microbes that can improve digestion and may ease disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, and allergies, among many other benefits.
YOGURT AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
The origin of yogurt lies in the isolated Caucasus Mountains of Russia, but today; yogurt's popularity has grown and is now consumed in most parts of the world. Yogurt was one of the first foods promoted widely because of its possible health benefits. In 1908 E. Metchnikov wrote in his book 'The Prolongation of Life' that the secret to longevity that he found in the Russian mountains was the yogurt that the people were making and eating. Since that time, many people have questioned the scientific validity of his conclusion, but the advent of probiotics has changed that. There is a growing body of evidence that probiotics or foods that contain live bacteria are good for the health.
Recently, in 2005, there were few scientific publications demonstrating the health benefits of yogurt coupled with its weight management characteristics. Researchers from the Boston based Brigham & Women's Hospital (USA) and Harvard Medical School demonstrated that contrary to our conviction, dairy fat is not associated with weight gain.
Dr. Michael Zemel, University of Tennessee, has also a relatively new concept about calcium's relationship to weight loss. It appears that getting enough calcium from dairy may trigger the body to burn fat more efficiently and could even reduce the amount of new fat produced.
In his recent study, Dr. Zemel has shown that consumption of yogurt not only helps to lose weight but also is effective at maintaining lean muscle mass. Dr. Zemel indicates that this is a critical issue when dieting -- you want to lose fat, not muscle. Muscle helps burn calories, but it is often compromised during weight loss.
The benefits of vitamins and minerals are well publicized and understood. However, not all forms of vitamins and minerals are equal. Today, the term "culture" is synonymous with nutrition. The nutraceutical, food and health food industries, as well as the animal feed industry, now actively recognize the health benefits of consuming yogurt. Biogrown® nutrients, manufactured exclusively by Grow Company, Inc., are made via Biofusion® of selected vitamins and minerals. The organic, Biogrown® nutrients exhibit following characteristics:
Safe & Natural ingredients.
Stable and heat resistant: Suitable for tablets, capsules, nutraceutical, and all food applications.
No metallic aftertaste: Natural organic Biogrown®/Biogurt™ nutrients are ideal for functional foods due to reduced metallic taste associated with inorganic salts.
Natural source of: Proteins (amino acids), complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, dietary soluble and insoluble fibers, minerals and vitamins.
Highly bio-available and easily assimilated by the human body.