April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and amidst a global pandemic it will be a solely digital celebration for the first time in history. This year's Earth Day theme, Climate Action, will address the challenges - and many opportunities - that climate change presents for people and the planet. Passionate about health and the environment, our goal at NP Nutra® is to make every day Earth Day, and that is why we work closely with our partners to ensure that sustainable growing and harvesting practices are used in the production of our ingredients. To satisfy the increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers, try adding some of our organic, sustainably produced ingredients to your products.
Acai berries are native to Brazil, Peru, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, growing mostly in the flooded plains and swamps. They are a rich source of polyphenolic compounds, especially the flavonoids known as anthocyanins, which give the berry its characteristic dark purple color. Acai is high in oleic acid as well as containing palmitic and linoleic fatty acids. Linoleic acid (omega-6) is an Essential Fatty Acid which the body cannot produce and must be obtained through the diet.
Alfalfa grass is fed to livestock and used as a cover crop for improving the nutrient levels in soil. Nutrient-rich young alfalfa grass contains over 300 identified nutrients and phytonutrients. It is especially high in iron and calcium, a rich source of chlorophyll and contains many bioactive compounds like saponins, phytoestrogens, coumarins, alkaloids, phytosterols, terpenes, coumestrol, phenolics, flavonoids and isoflavonoids.
Rice bran contains essential amino acids, dietary fiber, fatty acids, and trace elements, while the germ is rich in vitamins, minerals, and unsaturated oils. NP Nutra Brown Rice Protein Powder 80% is organic, gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a perfect alternative to soy and dairy protein powders.
Cacao Powder (organic, unroasted)
Cacao beans are fermented and dried to develop their flavor and color. Raw cacao is rich in flavonoids, including epicatechin, catechin, and procyanidins. It is an excellent source of copper and manganese, and a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, selenium, chromium, B vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids. Compounds in cacao, like phenylethylamine (PEA), help stimulate the production of dopamine in the body. It also contains theobromine and minimal amounts of caffeine.
Kelp grows in relatively shallow ocean areas. Thriving best in 42-57°F, nutrient-rich water, it sometimes forms underwater kelp “forests” where fish and other sea life live. Aside from being a rich source of iodine, kelp is a good source of vitamins A, B complex, D, E, K, dietary fiber and essential fatty acids.
Known as “gold of the Incas” due to its unique, sweet maple-like flavor, lucuma is commonly used in Peru in juices, milk shakes, desserts and ice creams, and because it is low on the glycemic index, it is now recognized as an ideal sugar alternative. Lucuma fruit is an excellent source of carbohydrates, in particular starches, and fiber, especially insoluble fiber. It is a rich source of phytochemicals, especially the flavanol phenolics such as catechin and epicatechin, and the carotenoids beta-carotene and xanthophylls.
For free samples and more information please contact your Account Manager, and visit our Nutra Organics page for a full list of our organic ingredients.