General Questions and Answers to our products

General Questions and Answers

To our products

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Why does the amount of produce fluctuate slightly from container to container?

Our powder extracts are produced from raw products, which come from wild growth and fulfill the criteria for controlled organic cultivation. The consistency of the fruit can vary depending the weather conditions and therefore lead to variations from batch to batch in for example the density of the final product.

Sometimes a container can be filled to the top whereas the product from another harvest can be much denser and only fill 3/4 of the container but the weight is always as stated on the pack.

Which checks do AMAZONAS products undergo?

The first microbiological tests and checks for heavy metals take place by the producer on site. We initiate further counter-tests and specific vitamin and mineral analyses respectively in independent laboratories. We are subjected to food controls at regular intervals. All legal provisions regarding food regulations, health claims etc. are checked by an expert and attested by means of marketability certificates.

Why are there no details about medical indications written on the products?

By law it is forbidden to make promises of healing powers.

We recommend reading relevant specialist literature. The internet has plenty of relevant information about the characteristics and uses of the respective foods products and nutritional supplements.

Does AMAZONAS use genetically modified raw products?

We don't use any genetically modified products but exclusively use wild growing or biologically controlled organically produced raw goods.

What does the ORGANIC label mean?

Specifications are regulated by the EU commission for organic products which have to be adhered to in order to be allowed to label a food as being organic.

Foods which are labelled Organic have to comprise of at least 95 % agriculturally produced ingredients which have been grown organically.

Only organic fertlisers can be used in the cultivation of plants. Mineral fertilisers and pesticides are forbidden. Seeds which have been genetically modified may not be used. Plant irradiation is generally prohibited.

Furthermore the use of additives is limited.

Are there daily recommended allowances for natural products?

Nutritional supplements like Maca, Guarana, Acerola and Chlorella are rich in vitamins and minerals and can be eaten in any amounts. There are no minimum restrictions, there are just recommendations based on experience. It is different with medication which contains single isolated substances where clinical studies have been produced showing the exact amounts which should be taken.

Two examples of daily recommended amounts:

Maca powder: Our Peruvian supplier consumes at least 10-15 g daily. Amazonas customers, which includes many athletes, feel the invigorating effect after a daily dose of just 5 g. There are no known side effects.

Acerola powder: the German Nutrition Society recommends 80 mg vitamin C per day. It is obligatory to show these on our labels although it is widely known that these levels are too low and that the levels need to be doubled for people who are physically active, smoke, are in stress situations or have health conditions. Our recommendation: everyone should find out for himself, how much of a supplement or a certain food feels correct for them and monitor the long term effects on health and general well being.

Are AMAZONAS natural products suitable for people who follow a raw food only diet?

Acai, Acerola, Chlorella, Guarana, Maca and our bark teas are suitable for people who enjoy a raw food only diet. The maximum preparation temperature of these products is 40 °C, meaning that all vitamins and enzymes are preserved. In addition the fruits are free of any denaturing so are therefore pure.

Are AMAZONAS natural products harmless for celiac disease sufferers?

Our expert Mr Reuss confirms that all our products without exception are free from gluten and can therefore be freely enjoyed by people who suffer from celiac disease.

What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are natural plant substances and belong to the polyphenols. Flavonoids give the plant protection from external harmful influences, therefore the highest concentration can be found in the outer leaves or in the shells of the fruit.

It is meanwhile common knowledge that the intake of foods high in flavonoids can prevent illnesses. Flavonoids have considerable antioxidant levels and are in the position to help defend the body from potentially harmful free radicals by helping prevent oxidative stress and create a tolerable ratio before the cells are damaged. In this way they work in line with antioxidant acting vitamin C. The cosmetic industry has also discovered these links and puts plant extracts containing flavonoids more and more into anti-wrinkle and sun creams.

What are the vegetarian capsules made from?

The capsules are made of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC)- this is made from cellulose (E 460) which is reacted with methyl chloride, ethyl chloride or propylene oxide. It is used in bread and bakery products to regulate volume, colour and freshness and to stabilise fillings and foam. In addition it is widely used in microwavable ready meals and as a filler for reduced calorie products. There are no known negative characteristics.

What does "RDA" on the label of the nutritional values?

RDA = Recommended Daily Allowances. This states the amount of essential nutrients which are according to the German Nutrition Society necessary for a healthy person. An example for vitamin C: 1 Acerola tablet contains 80 mg Vitamin C – this corresponds to the recommended daily allowance, meaning 100 % RDA.