Dr. Christopher's Original Formulas - Vitalerbs - 180 Vegetarian Capsules (675 mg)A Nature balance whole food vitamin & mineral supplement for the body. Vitamins & minerals play a key role in boosting the immune system, growth & development, mental aptitude, physical fitness & in supporting the body’s systems. Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get all the vitamins & minerals you need each day but many skip meals, diet or do not eat enough items from a particular food category, such as vegetables or dairy. The market is flooded with standardized supplements, which extract leading active ingredients but Dr. Christopher's Vitalerbs is the ultimate whole-food formula, perfectly balanced the way Mother Nature intended with vitamins & minerals. Are there synthetic Vitamins added to VitalerbsThere are no synthetic vitamins in Vitalerbs! Vitalerbs is made from Natural Whole foods. Folic acid derives its name from the Latin word folium which means leaf. Leafy vegetables are a principal source of folic acid. Dr. Christopher's Vitalerbs contains many whole foods that contain Folic Acid like, Beet Root, Alfalfa, Nutritonal Yeast, Purple Dulse etc…On average beets can contribute 100 to 150 micrograms of folic acid. Nutritional Yeast & Purple Dulse are also rich in vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, which is also an excellent source of folic acid. Alfalfa contains a high concentration of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E and K and also Niacin, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and Folic Acid. It is also rich in the following minerals: Boron, Calcium, Chlorine, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfur and also some trace minerals. As for The Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C): Ascorbic acid is available in many fruits and vegetables and is present in substantial amounts in the seed/fruit of the rose, or the rosehip. Rose hips contain as much as 50 percent more ascorbic acid than any other rose. So in Dr. Christopher's Vitalerbs he gets his Ascorbic acid (Vit C) from Rosehips.About Dr. ChristopherSince the passing of Dr. John R. Christopher, his family has always been concerned with the manufacturing of his time tested formulas. Wholistic Botanicals L.L.C. has been chosen as the company because of its commitment to the Christopher philosophy in manufacturing and marketing of Dr. Christopher's formulas. The advisory board consists of Dr. Christopher's family.Dr. Christopher's PhilosphyCleanse, Nourish, Heal.Dr. Christopher's common sense approach to natural health is based on three vital processes. Dr. Christopher taught his students that Cleansing is the first & most important stage of restoring a healthy body.The ultimate purpose of cleansing is to prepare the body for natural healing through purification of all the body's organs down to the cellular level. This protocol is designed to naturally bring the body to its normal weight range, whether the body is over weight or under weight by first eliminating any accumulation or retention of morbid matter in the bowel.Cleansing eliminates the unwanted mucus out of the organs which can lead to premature aging, allergies, and contributes to diseases in general. Perspiration is a natural action of the sweat glands which throws off toxins can be restricted by the use of synthetic dry deodorants. Once the body is purified it is ready to accept the highest vibratory quality foods so natural healing takes place as nature intended!Secondly nourishment from live, nutritious, foods support the natural body's function by balancing everything from balancing the ph of an acidic body to restoring the natural glow of the largest organ of the body-the skin.Lastly Healing occurs naturally, sometimes quickly & sometimes slowly as the body continues to eliminate impurities and strengthen through proper nourishment. One of the signs of healing comes with periodic aches & pains in the areas where the cleaning action is most acute. Patience is required as the body cycles through these three phases. Healing is a natural gift from the way the body was designed by our Maker. John Christopher taught over & over again that That there are not incurable diseases- only incurable people.Mission & Quality StatementDr. Christopher's Mission is to provide natural whole food dietary supplements according to the Dr. John R. Christopher ND, MH philosophy at fair prices with excellent service. Dr. Christopher's Original Formulas are time-tested & have been manufactured since 1945 & trusted by millions of people because they work.Time & time again, they hear from customers that they tried another brand but did not experience the same results as with Dr. Christopher's Formulas. To this, they reply it's because the quality & experience that is put into every bottle they make. From the fields that harvest their herbs, through the state of art manufacturing processes, down to the finish product that their customers take daily.Dr. John R. Christopher was a pioneer of natural supplements that are very common today. Far ahead of his time, John began formulating when no one sold wholesale herbs, so he had to find ingredients & create his own formulas. Over the years he created more than 66 formulas that are still used by millions today. Dr. Christopher's fame grew rapidly & In 1953 he set up the School of Natural Healing that is still operating today & many founders of other herbal businesses have studied & learned from his philosophy. He wrote 5 books that continue to be great sellers. He gave more than 120 lectures & seminars internationally & in the United States. Dr. Christopher's legacy continues in the lives he touched & in his herbal formulas will aid through generations to come.Dr. Christopher's only use Whole Herb/Plant products, not standardized. Today the process of extracting "leading active ingredients" is common place & is called "Standardization." It's all the rage throughout the chemical & natural food industry. The theory is that if one dose of a "suspected" key ingredient is good, a large dose all at once of that ingredients is better. Not so! Those leading active ingredients are properly placed, by Nature, in proportions mixed with other ingredients to keep the herb in perfect balance synergistically. When taken in whole form, they present to your body a balanced solution.Dr. Christopher strongly demanded his company only manufacture herbal products using the Whole herb, never extracting a single ingredient. He understood the necessity of using herbs the way nature had intended them, in their whole state.Dr. Christopher's only accept Non-treated or steam treated Organic & Wildcrafted herbs when available (reasons for unavailability: endangered, out of season, failed crops etc.), & all ingredients are listed on their product label. They are 100% Pure. They do not use chemicals or chemical clones, added fillers/flow agents, or genetically modified ingredients that many companies use to cheapen their product for profit. As the saying goes "You get what you pay for". If you start with a cheap raw material, there is nothing you can do in the manufacturing process to improve quality. Sourcing high-quality ingredients for their formulas is key. Often they will receive a sample from a supplier & test results show that it does not contain active constituents in proper ratios so it is rejected & the sourcing process continues until the high quality expectations are met. Unfortunately, there are many that do not share the same high standards in the marketplace today & as is always the case they get what they pay for. They can't expect a cheap car to out perform & have the luxuries of a top-of-the-line vehicle, just as they shouldn't expect a cheaply made herbal product to benefit our body the same way the highest-quality supplements will.Their vegetarian caps are manufactured with state-of-the-art technology, & made from a vegetable derived raw material. Their hard shell vegetable capsules are produced with Hydroxipropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), derived from wood and cotton fibers, which is certified as Kosher for year round & passover use by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America & meets all requirements of current USP and FCC (Food Chemical Codex). HPMC. They are considered Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by FDA, are non-ionic & sulfate free. Finally there now is a real alternative for vegetarians & consumers who are restricted by religion from taking capsules made from beef or pork by products.Dr. Christopher Extracts are a 4:1 ratio (4 part herb to 1 part vegetable glycerin or pure grain alcohol). They use a Cold Percolation Process to ensure that no enzymes are destroyed. This extraction process preserves the natural occuring enzymes in the plant product. Unfortunately it's all too common for other manufacturers to use a heating process which destroys many of the vital nutrients & enzymes in the plant. Their glycerin is tested for DEG contamination and is DEG free, kosher, & derived from palm.They do not rely on CofA's (Certificates of Analysis) from any source as they validate the identity of each plant & finished product through High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography to ensure their quality. Many competitors use IR (Infrared) to verify the identity of each plant. This method is cheaper, less accurate & does not have the ability to detect contaminates, such as pesiticides in the herb. They do Organoleptic testing & a full spectrum of Microbiological Testing on each plant & those tests include TVC (Total Viable Count), Yeast & Mold Counts, Coliform Counts, E-coli & Salmonella. Other quality assurance tests performed on their Raw Materials include High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography & Heavy Metal ICP-MS test.Their raw materials & finished products go through more testing than many of their competitors to ensure their customers all over the world get consistently high-quality products.They meet & exceed current government GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) quality standards. Their state of the art production & raw materials storage facilities includes a climate-controlled warehouse & cutting-edge laboratory equipment. Their company receives regular in house audits as well as FDA audits.The Staff at Wholistic Botanicals L.L.C has years of experience of making natural products that yield results. They have & will continue keeping the highest standards set by the late Dr. John R. Christopher in producing his time-tested formulations. They seek the best in nature, produce the very best & strive to build trusting relationships with their customers. Their commitment to quality & control in every aspect of testing along the manufacturing process reflects their commitment, you can be sure you are getting the highest-quality, best-formulated products available. What they do here is important but the way they do it matters most.