MegaFood uses organic produce from family-owned farms to create some of the most effective and award-winning supplements available. Their catchphrase is “farm to tablet,” a play on “farm to table.” For example, they use kale from fourth-generation farmers, Foxy Organics; oranges from fourth-generation farmers, Uncle Matt’s Organics; beets from Stahlbush Island Farms; cranberries from James Lake Farms; turmeric from Kauai Organic Farms; and brown rice from fourth-generation farmers, Lundberg Family Farms. They use a slow low-heat process in their supplement production to retain the maximum potency of nutrients. They make their tablets as compact as possible so that they hold a lot more nutrients in an easier-to-swallow size than the much larger capsules common in the supplement industry.
MegaFood offers 65 handcrafted supplements, which may seem overwhelming, but their resident Doctor of Naturopathy, Erin Stokes, suggests first starting with a multivitamin. If that settles well, she suggests adding a probiotic for a healthy gut and, if both of them settle well, she suggests adding a daily dose of Turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. Then one can continue adding any specific supplements based on one’s individual needs. Every product that they produce is tested to be free from herbicides and pesticides.
One of their more unique products, Daily Maca Plus, can be used in making energy bars. Recipes for the bars are available on the MegaFood website. Maca is a root that grows high in the Andes Mountains. According to ancient legend, Incan warriors used to consume maca before battle to support endurance. Maca is rich in protein; minerals such as iodine, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc; vitamins B1, B2, and C; and several essential fatty acids.
Like many companies whose products the Co-op decides to carry, MegaFood does much more than just make quality products. This past summer, MegaFood launched an initiative to install community gardens in partnership with natural retailers and youth-oriented organizations in areas with limited access to healthy foods. MegaFoods also makes donations to the nonprofits that their farmers support, such as Florida Organic Growers, Farm Aid, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, and Three Lakes Community Funds.
MegaFood’s mission is “to produce superior whole food supplements for those who care about their health and well-being.”
- Founded in 1973
- Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Dairy, Soy, and Gluten Free
- Vegan and Kosher
- ISO Certified laboratory for quality assurance (International Organization for Standardization)
Information from this article and more can be found at: www.megafood.com.
Amy Newsome found it fascinating that you can watch MegaFood’s whole supplement production process in real time with their 24/7 live cams showing everything from the testing lab, produce dryers, blending drums, tablet pressing, tablet coating, packaging, and shipping. Check it out at megafood.com/livecams.