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With Enhanced Bioavailability Potential and Antioxidant Activity, This Nutritious “Sweet Root” is Better Than Ever

Discover how the extraordinary combination of biodynamics and fermentation not only yields the highest quality but offers considerably more vitality potential than ever before…

 
  •  Our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice offers distinct advantages over other licorice root products by how it:

    • Is Sourced from Sustainable Biodynamic Farms: From community farms employing holistic regenerative farming practices, the licorice root used in our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice is sourced from the lush Bahariya Oasis in Egypt.
    • Delivers Fermentation Advantages: For the first time, in combination with the high quality resulting from biodynamic agriculture, an advanced fermentation process is used to reduce sugar content to zero grams per serving and enhance bioavailability of the licorice.
    • Provides Increased Antioxidant Activity: Based on meticulous evaluations, our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice showed enhanced antioxidant activity when compared to non-organic and unfermented licorice samples.

From ancient Greece to Egypt to China and India, where it’s used today in Ayurvedic practices, the versatile licorice herb is steeped in traditional uses.

Licorice root
Native to the Mediterrean region, licorice root is a sweet, perennial herb steeped in traditional uses.

The scientific name for licorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from "glukos" (sweet) and "riza" (root). And the glycyrrhizin compound contained in licorice can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar.

So it's not a bit surprising that when many people think of licorice, they think of the confectionery by the same name.

However, licorice is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that's been prized for its nutritional and potential vitality properties for centuries. In fact, its use has been documented in Assyrian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri.

A frequently overlooked way to enhance and optimize your health with whole food is to consume herbs and spices – unprocessed and organically grown, of course.

Courtesy of their low calories, density of vitamins and minerals, and high antioxidant content, herbs can powerfully support your health. Some contain even greater antioxidant levels than many fruits and vegetables.

Licorice is one such herb…

Biodynamics and Fermentation – A Potent Combination

You have many organic licorice root choices available in the marketplace today.

While Certified Organic is a high-quality standard that helps you avoid harmful synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and genetically engineered ingredients (GEs), your food may still lack important nutrients if the soil where it was grown lacks those nutrients.

So, why stop with organic if there’s an even higher achievable quality level?

The bottom line… we didn’t.

Licorice Powder

We went beyond organic with our Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice. For the first time ever, this product is also fermented.

The combination of biodynamic and fermentation was no easy task. Breaking new ground, our team worked exclusively with the Demeter Standards Body for Biodynamic Certification to define and achieve Biodynamic Certification of the fermentation processes.

This had simply never been done before…

The licorice for our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice is grown on farms in the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt using biodynamic farming principles. The aerated soil and warm climate of the region create the ideal environment for hearty, healthy root systems.

Our licorice is fermented to enhance bioavailability of the numerous nutritious polyphenols found in the root.

So why is this combination of biodynamic and fermentation so important when it comes to high-quality nutritious food – like licorice?

Let’s start by taking a closer look at the details of biodynamic farming to get a better picture…

Pushing the Envelope for Higher Quality, Nutritiously Flavorful Food

The biodynamic concept views a farm as a living organism. It’s a self-contained, self-sustaining ecosystem that follows the cycles of nature. The farm creates its vitality and well-being out of its own dynamics, returning life back to the soil.

organic biodynamic farm
A step above organic, Biodynamic® farming utilizes regenerative farming methods with a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach.

Biodynamic Certification elevates the Organic Standards on sustainable, regenerative agriculture and pushes the envelope on growing nutritious, flavorful food.

Just because a plant is organic doesn’t guarantee it is high quality. If the soil lacks important nutrients, the plant will lack nutrients.

For nutritious plants, you need good topsoil. And to build good nutrient-rich topsoil, we believe the best possible way to go is to follow regenerative farming methods.

Demeter Certified Biodynamic® agriculture requires the use of holistic regenerative farming practices to promote the health of the soil, crops and livestock. This type of farming takes a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.

The world’s oldest ecological certification organization, Demeter sets the Biodynamic Standards just like the National Organic Program (NOP) sets Organic Standards.

Here’s how the two standards compare:

Certified Organic

Certified Biodynamic®

Allows imported organic fertilizers

Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system

Allows imported organic pesticides

Creation of biologically diverse habitat encourages balanced predator-prey relationships

Does not require the use of livestock

Integrates livestock to improve soils

Does not address the rotation of crops

Promotes crop rotation and makes intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil

Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world

50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm

No requirement for biodiversity

10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity

Focused on crops and allows only one section of a farm to be certified

Focused on farms and requires that the whole farm be certified

Product certification focuses mainly on ingredients used

Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic® processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product

If a farm is Demeter Certified, it means that it has also met the Organic Standard, even if it isn’t Certified Organic.

It’s important to note that many organic farmers recognize the importance of caring for their soil and may already be practicing some of the biodynamic methods.

Certainly, Certified Organic is still a very high-quality standard out there. Certified Biodynamic® is simply a step up to an even higher standard.

 

How Fermentation Helps Boost Antioxidant Activity

Polyphenols (also known as phenolics) are phytochemicals, natural plant chemicals with powerful antioxidant properties. There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, chocolates, fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Dried licorice root
Licorice root is loaded with healthful polyphenols containing potent antioxidant properties.

Polyphenols can be broken down into four general categories (with additional subgroupings):

  • Flavonoids
  • Stilbenes
  • Lignans
  • Phenolic acids

As a general rule, foods contain complex mixtures of polyphenols, with higher levels often found in the outer layers of the plants.

As one of the most extensively researched wholesome plants, licorice root contains a plethora of polyphenols including flavonoids. In their natural state, these polyphenols contain not only antioxidant properties but other potential vitality-supporting properties as well.

The exciting thing is that when fermentation is used to enhance the licorice, the concentrations and bioavailability levels of many of the polyphenols are increased.

Below is a chart with a sample of some key polyphenols found in our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice and how their evaluated levels compare with conventional (non-organic/unfermented) and even biodynamic unfermented licorices.

For the biodynamic unfermented licorice evaluation, we used samples from the same lot of biodynamic licorice prior to it being fermented into our end product.  This approach shows exactly how the fermentation process enhances the antioxidant content. This type of thorough testing had never been done before.

Examples of Evaluated Polyphenol Content in Licorices


Polyphenol

Found in Conventional?

Found in Biodynamic Unfermented?

Found in Biodynamic FERMENTED?

Luteolin

Yes

Yes

Yes – Up to 33 times Conventional and 15 times Biodynamic Unfermented

Isorhamnetin

No

Yes

Yes – Up to 8.5 times Biodynamic Unfermented

Butein

Yes

Yes

Yes – Up to 4 times Conventional and Biodynamic Unfermented

Apigenin

Yes

Yes

Yes - Up to 6 times Conventional and 3 times Biodynamic Unfermented

Quercetin

No

No

Yes

Tyrosol

No

No

Yes

Hydro Ferulic Acid

No

No

Yes

As a result of fermentation, the overall evaluation showed increases in concentrations of 20 licorice polyphenols and conversion of 12 additional compounds into their parental, usually more active forms.

Both of these actions increased the antioxidant activity potential of the fermented biodynamic vs. the unfermented biodynamic licorice.

In addition, because of the licorice root raw material chosen, the active licorice compound called glycyrrhizic acid is naturally low in the product. This is important because many licorice products contain excessive amounts of glycyrrhizic acid that may potentially lead to adverse side effects.

By incorporating both biodynamic practices and fermentation processes, our exclusive Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice clearly stands apart from the rest.

The bottom line… to date, no other licorice products that we’re aware of are both Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and employ beneficial fermentation processes in the final product.

Our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice is the first of its kind.

Committed to Biodynamic Sustainability and Helping the Local Communities

Our Egyptian partner is steeped in a rich history that goes beyond simply providing high-quality licorice.

This exceptional provider…

  • Was founded with the idea of sustainable development and the aim to build a prosperous future for the surrounding communities and Egypt.
  • Continually strives to implement sustainability through a holistic approach that includes the four dimensions of economy, ecology, cultural and societal life.
  • Through their supply chain management approach, ensures they not only achieve long-term business relationships, but also contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the development of supplying farmers throughout Egypt.
Egyptian farm soil

The independent Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA) provides the training and expertise needed to enable participating farmers to have their land inspected and certified as Biodynamic according to Demeter’s standard.

Holistic biodynamic agriculture, combined with processing companies in one closed value chain, enables our partner to produce the highest quality products with full transparency and traceability… for Egypt and the world.

To ensure we offer the highest quality products possible, we’re very selective when choosing our partners. This remarkable one is certainly without exception in providing truly outstanding Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice products.

Order Your Biodynamic Fermented Licorice Today

Of course you can find conventional licorice as well as organic licorice just about anywhere today, and even some limited examples of biodynamic licorice products.

Solspring Biodynamic Organic Fermented Licorice Powder
Enjoy this flavorful licorice powder in your favorite smoothie or in hot water as a delicious tea.

However, you won’t find anything similar in quality, nutritious properties or flavor like our Solspring® Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice Powder – sourced from biodynamic Egyptian farms with the added bioavailability bonus of fermentation.

You can enjoy this delicious licorice powder in place of standard licorice to season dishes, add to smoothies and baked goods, or simply dissolve it in hot water as a tangy tea.

We strongly believe biodynamic is the wave of the future and exactly what’s needed to ensure that our soils can continue to support agriculture and feed the world.

Why not give biodynamic farmers your vote of support and treat yourself to a truly rewarding experience by ordering the first ever Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice products today?

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Frequently Asked Question
  1. 1. Q: What’s the best way to enjoy the Solspring™ Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice Powder?

    A: You can enjoy this delicious licorice powder in place of standard licorice to season dishes, add to smoothies and baked goods, or simply dissolve it in hot water to relish as a tangy tea.

  2. 2. Q: There are many organic and even some biodynamic licorice products available. What makes the biodynamic/fermentation combination such a powerful advantage?

    A: Biodynamic Certification elevates the Organic Standards on sustainable, regenerative agriculture and pushes the envelope on growing nutritious, flavorful foods like licorice. When fermentation is included in the development of the licorice product, the concentrations and bioavailability levels of many of the polyphenols in licorice are increased. This in turn enhances the antioxidant activity potential.

  3. 3. Q: I am currently pregnant. Is licorice appropriate for me to enjoy?

    A: Even though our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice has naturally low levels of glycyrrhiza acid (the licorice compound known to potentially cause adverse side effects), if pregnant or breastfeeding, we recommend you first check with your healthcare professional before consuming.

  4. 4. Q: Where is the licorice root sourced from for this product?

    A: From community biodynamic farms employing holistic regenerative farming practices, the licorice root used in our Biodynamic® Organic Fermented Licorice is sourced from the lush Bahariya Oasis in Egypt.

    Through their supply chain management approach, our partner ensures they not only achieve long-term business relationships, but also contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the development of supplying farmers throughout Egypt.

  5. 5. Q: Why is Demeter Certified Biodynamic® so important?

    A: We strongly believe biodynamic is the wave of the future and exactly what’s needed to ensure that our soils can continue to support agriculture and feed the world. Certified Biodynamic® takes into account things that organic doesn’t, such as sustainability, biodiversity and soil health.

    At the same time, please understand that Certified Organic is still a good high-quality standard, but when you can find Certified Biodynamic® products like with our fermented licorice products, it’s our recommended way to go.


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