Horopito – what is it and how does it address Candida?

We often get asked “what is Horopito and how does it address Candida overgrowth”

New Zealand’s Horopito shrub is one of the world’s oldest flowering plants because of the superb natural chemical defences in its leaves. Forest Herbs Research Ltd surveyed all the major wild populations of Horopito to discover the most active, which it calls Kolorex® Horopito. These are grown on its certified organic farm in a remote part of the South Island. Forest Herbs Research has the only commercial planting of active Horopito and a patent over its use.

Horopito was a traditional healing plant of the Maori, the first settlers of New Zealand, mainly for skin conditions, while early European settlers drank a tea of boiled Horopito leaves for stomach ache and diarrheal. Research at the University of Canterbury published in 1982 confirmed the anti-Candida properties of Horopito and Forest Herbs Research Ltd. has conducted a continuous research and development program on it since then.

Kolorex® Horopito plants are grown organically at our own farm, called Kaituna, adjacent to the million acre Kahurangi National Park. This is a temperate rainforest wilderness of New Zealand with the only intrusion being a few hiking tracks.

To replicate Horopito’s natural growing environment the plants are grown in sheltered clearings in the forest. The Horopito bushes must be at least seven years old before they are harvested.

The actives in Kolorex®

The main active component in Horopito is polygodial. In addition to its actions against yeasts, Horopito also contains the powerful antioxidant flavonoids – quercetin and taxifolin. A reason Horopito has survived so well is the actives in its leaves discourage attack from fungi or predators. These properties were recognised by New Zealand’s early settlers, who traditionally used the leaves as an external and internal remedy

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