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Valensa Introduces Certified Organic Saw Palmetto Extract for Men's Health

ORLANDO, Fla., May 6, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Valensa International has announced that it has introduced a certified organic grade of its USPlus(R) Prostate Formula -- a patented, solvent-free, supercritical carbon dioxide extract (Patent # US 6,669,968 and US 6,319,524) . Valensa is expanding its organic harvest areas in Florida and will add additional capacity to its already certified organic manufacturing facility in Eustis, FL. Industry analysts have said that the growth rate for organic nutritional supplements is currently at 25% per year as compared to GDP growth for traditional supplements. In the coming months, Valensa will be introducing additional certified organic ingredients to support the nutraceutical and functional food industries as it responds to the growing consumer trend for organics. Valensa's processing facilities and organic materials are certified by agencies accredited by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program (USDA/NOP).

According to Dr. Rudi E. Moerck, President, the move into certified organic saw palmetto is a natural one based on Valensa's continuing commitment to providing the highest levels of quality in the nutritional supplement industry across all its product platforms. "There is clear evidence in the market today that consumers want and are willing to pay for high-quality certified organic products. At Valensa, we want to support our customers and this consumer demand with the highest quality certified organic products in the industry," he said. "At Valensa, we are fully on-board with the US Department of Agriculture and IFOAM organic certification programs and support the most stringent definitions of the term 'organic' in the marketplace. If we, as an industry, are to succeed with consumers in the areas of true certified organic and natural ingredients, we will have to abide by standards that have meaning. Consumers trust organic ingredients and trust is one of the most important issues the industry faces," he added.

USPlus(R) Prostate Formula - The Gold Standard
Patented USPlus(R) Prostate Formula is the gold standard for this important men's health ingredient in terms of raw material quality, processing excellence, nutritional composition and shelf-life. Valensa tracks "chain of custody" of saw palmetto berries from the growing fields through final distribution. The Deep Extract(TM) supercritical CO2 production process delivers a dark-colored extract that both meets or exceeds the USP monograph standard for saw palmetto and includes high levels of other beneficial nutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Valensa employs its proprietary O2B(TM) Peroxidation Blocker technology in USPlus(R) Prostrate Formula, ensuring shelf-life stability of up to 2 years. All of these factors make USPlus(R) Prostate Formula the highest quality prostate health ingredient on the market.

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