Quality Assurance


Building trust with our customers and consumers

Our quality control program encompasses a field-to-shelf process, starting with the raw materials. We pioneered the use of sustainably harvested saw palmetto, refusing to purchase berries from unregulated markets, prematurely harvested or sources not concerned with the long-term viability of this botanical native of the southeastern United States. With all of our raw materials, we take care to purchase only the highest quality, most bioactive ingredients on the market. The company vigorously supports sustainable harvesting practices and manufacturing technologies that are environmentally sound.

Stability and shelf-life of our ingredients

Today, Valensa is one of the most active companies in the world in conducting research on the stability of botanical extracts and other herbal supplements. We have invested in dedicated facilities to understand the potential for biodegradation for all of our products and other products in the market place.

In addition to this activity, we have developed proprietary approaches to natural preservation and stabilization of botanical extracts. Our proprietary O2B™ Peroxidation Blocker technology is one of the results of this work.

A Note on Saw Palmetto Quality

Saw palmetto presents some challenges to manufacturers and marketers because of its natural origins. The saw palmetto plant grows mainly in the State of Florida and in the southeast United States. Saw palmetto is wildcrafted, meaning that it is not farmed or cultivated in any way. It grows throughout the state of Florida and in southern portions of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, but is commercially harvested mainly in the State of Florida, USA. During the harvesting season, extractors and wholesalers of saw palmetto berries contract with groups in Florida to provide berries. Harvesting season typically runs from mid-to late-August through the end of October, based on when berries become ripe. Berry ripeness is the single most important determinant of the effectiveness of the final saw palmetto extract. Berries harvested before they are ripe have lower oil content which often does not meet USP specifications. Berries harvested before they are ripe have limited or no value as a nutraceutical. The clinical trials that have shown positive effects of saw palmetto supplementation on the symptoms of benign prostrate hyperplasia have been conducted with saw palmetto material produced from fully mature berries that met the USP monograph specifications.

Valensa’s saw palmetto berries are gathered from Valensa’s extensive properties or through individual contracts with landowners to assure property rights are respected. In the case of saw palmetto berries we utilize low temperatures and constant moisture monitoring to ensure peak quality before further processing or shipment. A field-to-factory tracking system further assures all of our materials are delivered in optimum condition.

Our raw materials are harvested at their peak ripeness, and in order to maintain their quality, they are dried with the lowest technically feasible temperature. Raw materials are cleaned before and after drying and assigned lot numbers. Botanical raw materials are carefully tracked from the time of harvest until the completion of the extraction process or until they are sold to our customer.

Organic and Kosher certification

Our manufacturing facility in Eustis, Florida has been certified as an FVO® IFOAM and USDA NOP compliant organic processor by International Certification Services, Inc. It has also been certified kosher by Kosher Supervision of America (KSA).

Quality is a way of life at Valensa. We consider it good business and an important part of our commitment to build trust with our customers and consumers. Today, Valensa’s manufacturing facilities in Eustis, Florida meet or exceed the proposed FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements.