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Meet Stephen Ashmead from Balchem, our Iron Producer
Sourced from Utah, USA
We started as a family company back in 2002. Our objective was producing health ingredients here in Argentina, where we’re based, that could replace synthetic versions or create whole new categories of options.
Argentina is rich in soybean oil, which is one of the most common sources of tocopherols in the Americas--the others are canola and sunflower. So quickly we saw opportunities to differentiate ourselves by creating a product that used non-GMO and non-soy ingredients.
As we started thinking about how many people now have soy allergies or concerns about eating soy, we realized there were other products to be made. And this sparked a whole new line of thinking. Even though they’re often called vitamin E on ingredient labels, all tocopherols aren’t alike. Each variant has some degree of pure vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), which acts as a free radical scavenger, protecting your body from inflammation. And each variant also has some degree of broad antioxidant protection (beta, gamma, or delta-tocopherol), which helps prevent the other ingredients in a vitamin pill from going rancid. Soy tocopherol is about 15% pure vitamin E. But non-GMO canola oil is up to 32% pure vitamin E, so it offers a lot more health and anti-aging benefits to the body.
Our product is non-GMO and non-soy. Our manufacturing process is clean and simple—it’s physical separation. We get the raw material out, and then we bring it to our plant. There, we do a number of further distillation processes and some basic reactions to take out some of the other components until we get the purest version of the product.
We do not alter the composition of our finished products from the plant that it’s sourced from. They’re the exact compositions as reflected by the plants. What a lot of companies will try to do is alter that antioxidant to vitamin E ratio using chemical processes. But what you then end up with are ingredients that aren’t similar to what’s in nature, and in this case, we don’t know if they’ll then work the same way in the body. So yes, for us, all-natural is essential to our brand, start-to-finish.