Do you grow the plants you're investigating?

No. Because we need a large amount, we go to suppliers. Our saw palmetto berry is being supplied from the southeastern US and we're extracting the active compound at a factory in Italy. The Pygyeum africanum we've contracted to an ethical grower of this particular tree in Madagascar. If you strip all the bark off a tree, it dies, so we have to make sure there's an ethical supplier who removes just enough bark so that the tree can be used over and over again. Then it's shipped to France, where a factory is producing it for us.

We've just completed the stability studies and have finally found out we can keep the compound in capsule form for at least six months. Unfortunately, that's not the case in many of the products we buy over the counter.

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