Because of her wealth of knowledge, innovation, and tenacity, the production of powerful, natural supplements became a reality at NAHS. It all began with her discovery of the highly potent wild P73 oil of oregano, the first wild, whole food spice oil ever produced. The P73 blend is made from the finest hand-gathered, wild oregano available, harvested on remote Mediterranean mountaintops. Only the most effective types are handpicked from over 80 varieties of oregano. Thus, the true wild, oregano oil, Oreganol P73, was created. This was the beginning of a novel category of nutritional supplements in the natural health field, which are derived from wild spices. These supplements far exceed all others in power and potency as well as antioxidant capacity. Furthermore, the full range of wild P73 Oreganol extracts provides the complete system for ideal health. NAHS is the first and original maker of wild oregano-based supplements. Extensive research in the wilderness has led to the creation of over 150 unique products. That’s why for an optimal healthy support system NAHS is all you need. Why NAHS supplements are the most potent To produce NAHS spice oil extracts, wild raw materials are carefully harvested from the most remote regions of the world. This includes inaccessible mountaintops, tropical forests, and northern, subarctic regions on the planet. That’s why NAHS products are the purest and most powerful available. Further, the flora and fauna are always respected and protected.
Our purity—a sign of care and quality NAHS is unique, because all our supplements are truly natural. Nothing synthetic is used. We provide the finest quality and most potent products available. Unlike some manufacturers, NAHS never uses toxic substances, such as alcohol, propylene glycol, benzene, acetone, titanium dioxide, and hexane. Plus, all NAHS products are free of fillers, binders, and flow agents such as magnesium stearate and talc. There are no artificial sweeteners, flavorings, colorings, or shellacs of any kind in NAHS supplements. Thus, our supplements are the purest and safest available for adults and children alike. Also, NAHS never uses synthetic vitamins/minerals as the base of any supplement. Instead, real whole, organic, and wild foods are the sources. That makes them special. For example, all vitamins in formulas, such as Purely-B, Purely-C, Purely-E, and the comprehensive daily supplement Purely-Pak, are strictlyfrom food. Study labels and see the difference. Never accept cheap imitations with little or no benefit and which may even cause harm. NAHS wants you to put only the best in your body. Another major benefit—or proof of quality—is that NAHS supplements are free of GMOs. Other supplements contain genetically engineered substances such as ascorbic acid, soy-based vitamin E, soy lecithin, canola oil, soy oil, maltodextrin, citric acid, and glycerin. No such additives are allowed in NAHS supplements. All NAHS products are guaranteed to be free of corn, wheat, soy, canola, gluten, and all additives and fillers. NAHS is one of the only full-line supplement companies in the world which is 100% non-GMO. The power of the unprocessed whole—an NAHS innovation NAHS is also the leader in “unrefined technology.” This means naturally preserving raw materials as they are found in nature, just as almighty God made them. This also accounts for the potency of the supplements. In fact, all NAHS products are natural and unrefined, retaining their full spectrum of health-giving properties. To isolate one component makes a product no better than a drug. Even PolarPower fish oil is unrefined and unfiltered. This fine oil comes from sockeye salmon caught by hand in pristine, unpolluted waters, which makes PolarPower supplements sustainable and unique. The power of raw Many NAHS supplements are 100% raw. They are like no others. Examples include raw, wild berry formulas; raw, stabilized royal jelly; raw, whole food nutritional oils; raw, wild greens formulas; raw, wild chaga extracts; raw, whole food teas; and raw, wild oregano—the whole, crude herb. Whenever possible, all products are sourced from the
wilderness. Regardless, vitamins and minerals from wild sources are far more potent  and beneficial than the man-made, chemical types. That’s because they are fully utilized and stored in the body. In contrast, the artificial ones are noxious and can even overload the liver, causing toxicity. Thus, hopefully, they are flushed out of the body (yellow-green urine), since the cells cannot properly utilize them. Plus, the enzymes naturally found in wild herbs and foods are only active in truly raw supplements such as NAHS’s wild vitamin C, greens, berry extracts, and chaga. Some of these raw, wild, hand-made extracts are so rare that they are available only in limited quantities. Wisdom of the ancients NAHS has achieved another key innovation: reviving the use of the natural substances of the original medical guides—the pharmacopeia. Unique in this feat these remedies are labeled as “official,” meaningthey have been proven by the test of time, and they include wild oregano, sage, rosemary , burdock, nettles, dandelion, raspberry , cherry , rose blossom, orange blossom, lavender, and much more. Regarding wild greens and spices every effort is made to find only wild sources. For instance, unlike other companies our turmeric is wild. A combination of the ancient and the modern based on the latest science: that is what makes NAHS unique.
Wild is always better—undisturbed soil and more At NAHS we know that the soil does make the difference. Wild, undisturbed soil creates plant medicines which are far more powerful than any other type. Man-made soil is inferior to the original, undisturbed type found in divinely created wild nature. That’s why wild is even more powerful than organic—it’s native, whole, and never altered by the hand of man. Regardless of anyone’s experiences or beliefs, the real proof is in the results—and with NAHS supplements, these are profound. Whether from the wild, high Mediterranean mountains, the remote regions of the Amazon forest, or the far northern limits of the subarctic wilderness, one fact is certain: with NAHS supplements, you are guaranteed to get the best results possible—superior support for optimal health.

North American Herb & Spice (NAHS) 

NAHS is the world leader in nutritional supplement innovation. This innovation begins in the pristine wilderness throughout the world. NAHS is the only company specializing in hand-gathered, raw, remote-source, wild materials. This is a major undertaking, which requires a vast effort to discover and procure these special plants, herbs, seeds, barks, berries, wild spices, and more. Every consideration is made concerning the raw materials, the environment, and the people involved in bringing these stellar supplements to the market. All are important considerations in the innovation process.

Who Founded NAHS?

Judy Kay Gray, M.S., nutritionist and founder of North American Herb & Spice, has achieved her long sought-after goal by producing the highest quality and most effective whole food supplements available. This is accomplished by trapping the vast, unaltered powers of wild nature. After completing a master of science degree in nutrition, she traveled to over 60 countries around the world studying the traditional uses of herbs and spices and learning how different cultures thrive and stay healthy without traditional medical treatment.

Why Did Stephen Create a Matcha That Is Instant/Cold Brew?

Stephen is a big believer in matcha as a health product. It's health benefits are so vast and new studies are coming out all the time on how good green tea is for us. However, he also feels that healthy food should taste good and be accessible in order for people to realistically incorporate it into their everyday lives.

 

STEPHEN LISTS TWO BIG ISSUES WITH TRADITIONAL MATCHA ON THE MARKET

1.     The really good matcha takes too long to make. Not everyone has time to make matcha with

        warm water and a whisk every morning.

 

2.     A lot of lesser quality raw matcha can taste very bitter. Many companies mix a ton of sugar

        into their matcha powder to mask the taste. But when you do this you are no longer selling a

        health product—in a way you are kind of pulling the wool over peoples eyes who think they

        are being healthy ordering a matcha instead of a latte.

 

Stephen wanted to fix these two problems!  Matcha Ninja is instant matcha which is completely raw and organic without compromising on taste or quality. No fillers, additives, and best yet it is the best tasting matcha on the planet. Matcha Ninja is triple certified organic.

 

Why Is It Important To Drink Matcha Stephen? 

Matcha Ninja is now Triple Certified Organic (US, Canadian, and the most strenuous- EU) by the two biggest Organic certifiers in the world: EcoCert, and CERES. The reason you want to make sure your matcha is organic is that in the tea industry many top conventional tea makers don't wash the tea leaves before they are bagged. This means that while your tea is steeping, hundreds of pesticides can potentially be released into your cup. One of the bigger controversies over the years was when lab testing showed 100% of Teavana and 91% of Celestial Seasonings teas were contaminated with pesticides that exceeded the U.S. limits for human consumption. Now take this and multiply it by 100 with matcha because with matcha you are actually ingesting the tea leaf as opposed to steeping and discarding it. Buyers beware! At Matcha Ninja we take quality control very seriously.

 

There is another level of concern people need to be aware of. Sometimes simply choosing an organic Matcha these days is not enough. Many farms are exposed to industrial pollution because of their geographic location. We have our independent labs do heavy metal testing as well as pesticide testing on our matcha. High levels of not only lead but other potentially dangerous metals are found in lesser quality matcha. We test for Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Chromium, Cadmium, and all pesticides. We produce Certificates of Analysis for both pesticides and heavy metals on our matcha. People are turning to matcha as a coffee alternative as well as a health product.

And Stephen, What Are the Benefits Of Matcha Ninja? How Does Drinking Matcha Compare To Drinking Coffee? 

Where do we start! In comparison to coffee you get a much more concentrated and focused energy due to the high amount of the amino acid L-Theanine found in matcha. It is a 'calm energy' without the coffee jitters or crash. When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf.  One cup of matcha = 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content.

 

That is just to start, lets cover the main benefits. Matcha - Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg - You measure the antioxidant levels of foods using ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). Just to give you a little perspective, check out the ORAC values for some of the most popular super foods: Goji berries 253 Dark chocolate 227 Pomegranate 105 Wild blueberries 93 Açai berries 60 Broccoli 31 Matcha comes in at 1,440! That is literally a higher ORAC value than all of those combined.

 

Matcha boosts metabolism and burns fat - Detoxifies effectively and naturally - Calms the mind and relaxes the body - Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins - Enhances mood and aids in concentration - Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium - Prevents disease - Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.

A lot of big box coffee and tea shops are jumping on the matcha bandwagon.

 

What Do You Think Consumers Should Know About the Matcha They Are Drinking At Large Coffee Chains? 

I think it is great that matcha is growing in popularity! There are however, a couple of things to look out for when buying your matcha. We covered the importance of organic and metal content already. On top of this, some companies are passing off green tea powder as matcha. In order for matcha to be matcha it should be made of tencha leaves. Simply put this means they have gone through

shading and de-steming process.

 

What Are the Indicators Of a High Quality Matcha? 

Ceremonial grade matcha is the champagne of matcha (Matcha Ninja is only ever 100% ceremonial grade matcha) Check out the colour—a brighter green is a good sign. Matcha also oxidizes so it is important to keep air away from your powder. That is why I am not keen on popular tins which have a lot air in them. We flat pack and ziplock seal our matcha in pouches as soon as it's ground to ensure freshness. We worked an entire year on redesigning the seal so the pouch can close easily.

 

Matcha is such a fine powder that it gets caught in many of the pouches out there making it difficult to reseal, and then the precious matcha goes off.  We recommend keeping your matcha in the original Matcha Ninja packaging and in the fridge once opened. Taste—we use baby tencha leafs from the top of the tea plant which are sweeter and more nutritionally dense. A more bitter matcha may indicate a bigger lesser quality leaf was used and the leaf was not de-stemed. This happens in the matcha world a lot as it is easier and quicker for companies to make. People say 'the best matcha comes from Japan'—we contest this. We were originally sourcing from Yame, Japan, but stopped due to people's concerns over Fukushima and radiation. The radiation issue in Japan is still a real concern, especially for teas that are consumed through ingesting the whole leaf, of which matcha is made.

 

We spent a year researching a better source. We sampled from dozens of organic farms, had them tested for purity. Our goal was to offer a the best matcha in the world. We settled on special organic farms in Zhejiang, a province in eastern China. This is the largest green tea producing region in China and home to the infamous Dragonwell tea. We source from an exclusive range of high altitude farms in Zhejiang. Most of Zhejiang province is covered with hills and ranges of small mountains. The region has a humid subtropical climate with distinct seasons and a seasonal precipitation pattern, which is perfect for growing the tencha leaves used in matcha.

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