natural-ingredients


Natural Ingredients, the resource center (NINFO), was founded to provide a source of information and education about natural ingredients.

WHAT ARE NATURAL INGREDIENTS? NATURAL INGREDIENT CRITERIA:

Natural Ingredients include plant, animal, mineral or microbial ingredients present in or produced by nature. Produced using minimal physical processing. Directly extracted using simple methods, simple chemical reactions or resulting from naturally occurring biological processes. Natural ingredients are grown, harvested, raised and processed in an ecological manner. Not produced synthetically. Free of all petrochemicals. Not extracted or processed using petrochemicals. Not extracted or processed using anything other than natural ingredients as solvents. Not exposed to irradiation. Not genetically engineered & do not contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Natural ingredients do not contain synthetic ingredients. Not contain artificial ingredients including colors or flavoring. Not contain synthetic chemical preservatives.

Urtica dioica L
Nettle

Urtica dioica L - Brennesle - Nässla -  Brænde nælde 



The plant, which has the Latin name Urtica diocia, is characterized by dark green leaves with heart shaped and serrated edges - and the stinging hairs found on both stems and under the leaves.




 

Fucus vesiculosus


Fucus vesiculosus - Blæretang - Bladderwrack - Blåstång


Fucus vesiculosus (commonly known as Bladder wrack) is a brown algea which grows in salt- and brackish water. The plant has a 10-100 cm long, flat and fork-shaped thallus. (multi-cellular plant organ not organized in root, stem and leaf).It has a leathery texture and has air bladders which are usually paired.  

Chaga
 

 Inonotus obliquus - Chaga Spejlporesvamp 
 Sprängticka

Chaga mushroom from the Norwegian forests North of the Arctic Circle. The mushrooms are mostly found on old birch trees. The Chaga mushroom grows primarily where a branch of a tree is broken or where the stem bark is usually damaged. The Chaga mushroom which grows on birch is the most effective one to use as medicine.

Kale
 



 

   
Brassica oleracea - Kale -  Grønnkål - Grønkål - Grönkål


You can write a whole book about all the amazing sides of kale/green cabbage. Green cabbage is a sturdy green leafy vegetable that is in the family with broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower and plain cabbage. The Green Cabbage has a long tradition as a healthy winter vegetables in Norway.

ALFA ALFA




 
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) - Lucerne
 



In Norway there are two subspecies of the species Medicago sativa. The subspecies are very similar, and where they meet, they form fertile,mixed plants. Lucerne/ Alfa-Alfa, is a perennial, bushy herb with flowers that sit in head-like bunches. Lucerne/ Alfa-Alfa has been used in herbal medicine for at least 1500 years.

Artichoke

  Cynara scolymus - Artisjokk - Artichoke 

 They have dark green color under the leaves  and gray/green color on top of the leaves. As we know the plant today, Artichoke is a farmed plant that does´t grow naturally. Today, artichoke is an important vegetable and is grown in large scales in many areas of the world. Artichoke leaf is used as medicine and the flower bed (artichoke heart) and the fleshy portions of the leaflets are used as food.

Dandelion


 
Taraxacum officinale - Løvetann - Mælkebøtte - Dandelion - Maskros


Dandelion are perennial plants containing a white bitter latex. The plants have a long and thick root and mostly sig-saw leaves in a rosette at the ground. Different apomictic of Dandelion are found widely throughout Norway. Dandelion is widely used as, or in medical products.

 Milk thistle

 
Silybum marianum - Mariatistel -  Marie-tidsel -  Milk thistle

Silybum marianum usually lives for about one to two years and has up to 1.5 m tall flower stems. The plant is naturaly growing  in Southern Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. Silybum marianum is also grown in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. Cardui mariae fructus (Silybum marianum seeds) are the part of the plant which are used as medicine.

 Red clover

 Trifolium pratense - Rødkløver - Red clover - Rød-kløver -  Rödklöver

Red clover is a perennial plant which vary much in size, but usually reaches the hight of 50 cm.
The flowers are reddish purple or pink. The plants has flowers from June to September. Red clover grows mainly on cultivated land, and is a important source for fodder. Red clover is naturally prevalent in Europe.

Broccoli

Brokkoli - Broccoli Broccolispirer (sulforafan)

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables we have and contains more vitamin C than oranges. Broccoli is a cabbage which trhrough selective mutation has turned into a weel-shapet head.
Sulforaphane
Brassica oleracea convar. botrytis var.italica

 Tomato

Tomat - Tomato - (lycopene)

Tomatoes are packed with a fabulous antioxidant that both the body and the skin will appreciate.
The super ingredient is called lycopene, which is one of nature's most effective antioxidants, which also gives the reddish to the tomatoes. So the more red the tomato is, the more the lycopene it contains.

Barley

  Barley - Hordeum Vulgare - Byggress

Barley-grass powder are made of young green shots from barley.
Many supporters of barley supplements claim that it´s containing concentrated amounts of important nutrients, they also have a cleansing effect on the body. Helps for pimples etc and is amazing for our intestinal system.

 Kelp

Ascophyllum nodosum Grisetang - Kelp
 

Kelp is the most prominent species along the Norway's coast.It´s  a brown algae that grows in the zone between ebb and flow water and protected areas in between other species as saw-kelp and bladderwrack. It´s growing inside the fjords as well as in the open sea.
 

DAMIANA

 DAMIANA
Turnera diffusa


 

Damiana is bushes which usually is about 30 cm high, but can be up to 2 m. The fruit is a small capsule containing many seeds. The plant material sold comes from sprawling plants. Damiana is a resident of the hot areas.

 

Papaya

Carica papaya
Papaya - Paw paw



Papaya originates from Central America but is currently common in all tropical countries. The fruit we import has the shape of an elongated bulb, but there are many different varieties in the tropics. The largest can be up to 8-10 kilos.
 

Turmeric

Curcuma longa - Gurkemeie  - Turmeric

Turmeric is a perennial herb that becomes 90-150 cm tall. The yellow color of the root is due to curcumin. Turmeric is an ancient culture plant that has it´s origin from India, but does´t grow wild there anymore. There is a lot of published studies on the plant when it comes to the terms of pharmacological effect.

 Black pepper

  Piper nigrum - Pepper Black pepper - Peber -  Peppar
Pepper is a bush-shaped plant with air roots and smooth, oval or heart-shaped leatherl-like leaves that becomes 12-18 cm long. The pepper plant is dependent on a warm and not dry climate, and the bushes are often used as an additional culture, where other crops are grown, for example,  in coffee plantations.

 Pumpkin

 
Cucurbita maxima  
Gresskarfrø Pumpkin Græskar - Pumpa

 

Pumpkin is a “one year”  low rise or winding plant that can grow up to 5m long. The fruit is usually very large and contains a lot of seeds surrounded by a liquid-filled pulp. The seeds are oval in shape. Pumpkin is originally native to South and Central America, but is grown over most of the world.
 

Pygeum

  Pygeum africanum

Pygeum is a large, evergreen tree with coarse dark brown bark. It can be 30 m high and 20 m wide. The bark of the pygeum tree.
  Many pygeum localities have been destroyed by snail harvest, and overpricing has led to the tree being protected. It is therefore planted with pygeum trees to meet the high demand for bark on the world market.

Chia




 

Chia

The name Chia comes from the Mayan Indians and means "Strength." The plant belongs to the mint family, but it is the seeds used as a source of nutrition. The plant has been cultivated in Mexico and America for many centuries, and was the main nutrient when the Mayan Indians and Aztecs in Mexico needed extra energy for physical exertions.

Chlorella






Chlorella


Chlorella is a freshwater algae where each cell is self-sufficient, an entire organism. It has a completely unique characteristic, namely neutralizing and cleaning up toxic substances and heavy metals in the body.

Spirulina

Spirulina


Spirulina is a freshwater algae. A microscopic, single-celled, blue-green freshwater alga with impressive and unique nutritional properties.
 

Flavonoider

 Flavonoider (bioflavonoider)

Flavonoids are found in most plants. The researchers believe these drugs may have a protective effect on cancer and cardiovascular disease.
 

Salmon

 Salmon-Laks

Omega 3 oil from Northern Norway is completely unrefined omega-3 from fresh Arctic salmon with maximum health benefits.
The oil is collected within 75 minutes after the salmon is slaughtered.

MEDIS

 Medis
Saccharomyces spp
Zygosaccharomyces


Medis production method of symbiotic colonies of bacteria and yeast. Used as an accessory ingredient in many products for potentiation. Research has shown that this "symbiotic" colony "of bacteria and yeast is able to prevent and heal leaky gut and ulcers.
 

Cranberries


 

Cowberry/Lingonberry Tyttebær
Vaccinium vitis-idaea

 

Cranberries are a 5-30 cm tall, evergreen dwarf shrub with long, shielded shedding underground. In Norway we find cranberries all over the country, in the mountains up to 1800 moh.
 

Acerola

Barbadoskirsebær,  Malpighia emarginata
Acerola
 


Acerola, scientifically known as Malpighia glabra / marginalized, is a crisp red berry juicy, with lots of seeds, good taste and many health and medical benefits. Acerola is packed with nutrients.
High content of dietary fiber.
 

Ubikinon




 
Ubikinon (Q10, koenzym Q)

 

Ubikinon Q10 is a vitamin-like substance produced in the body and is necessary for several body processes. Coenzyme helps to provide energy to the cells and also appears to be antioxidant.
 

Choline

Kolin - Choline

Colin is a vitamin-like substance in plant and animal organisms. It is a so-called metyldonator and participates in, among other things, the fat metabolism of the body.


 




 

Natto 
"The Fermented Soy Superfood"

Lecithin

Lecithin 
 

Lecithin is regarded in the scientific community as a synonym for phosphatidyl choline (PC), which is said to be the main compound responsible for all the benefits of lecithin, specifically its medicinal effects.
 

Cholecalciferol
(from fish)

Inositol

 Inositol

Inositol is a naturally occurring substance similar to vitamin B complex and is sometimes referred to as vitamin B8, although it is not officially recognized as a vitamin. It is actually a carbohydrate that the body can synthesize from glucose.







Chicory

 

 Beta-Carotene

  Betakaroten
Beta-Carotene

Beta carotene is a type of pigment in plants. It gives yellow and orange fruits and vegetables their rich color. The name beta carotene comes from the Latin name for “carrot”
 


 

Jerusalem 
Artichoke


 

Arctic herring oil from roe caught along the coast in northern Norway

Contains rich polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), particularly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA have a number of reported health benefits in humans, such as decreasing blood triglyceride concentrations in hypertriglycemic patients and providing protective effects against cardiovascular diseases and many more health benefits.