Natural Extracts

Extraction Technologies

Supercritical CO2 Extraction

NatureXtracts produces high value compounds from natural matrices, using only environmentally friendly technology, such as hydro and steam distillation and Supercritical CO2 extraction.

Supercritical CO2 extraction is a distinguishing and innovative technology for producing high value compounds. It is a high pressure process working at relatively low temperatures (produces high quality extracts since the integrity of temperature sensitive compounds is maintained) and under oxygen absence which will totally preserve the valuable natural extracts. CO2 is food grade and considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Save), an American Food and Drug Administration designation, meaning that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe. Extracts produced trough Supercritical CO2 extraction are sterile, highly pure, completely free from solvents and need no preservation.

Steam and Hydro distillation

Steam distillation is commonly used to extract essential oils from vegetable material. In this extraction method, the steam will remove the aromatic molecules from the biological material at a faster rate preventing the oil damage. The degradation of the essential oil can also be avoided by controlling the temperature and the amount of steam applied to the matrix.

Hydro distillation is one of the most traditional method of extraction. Instead of steam, water is used to extract essential oils but, in both methods the vapors of the volatile components are carried by the steam to a condenser.


plant extractNaturextracts’ bio-based extracts are produced from selected high quality raw materials. Our suppliers must fulfil quality standard requirements in order to guarantee that the integrity of our products is consistent.

Algae and Plant extracts
Algae are currently being researched for their potential and are already considered a sustainable source of valuable natural functional ingredients such as pigments, proteins, antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins with additional health benefits for humans and animals.

Some of the versatile compounds extracted from plants and seaweeds are used as functional ingredients in human and animal food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

NatureXtracts has developed technology to produce on-demand:
  • Carotenoid-rich and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids-rich extracts from microalgae
  • Polysaccharide-rich extracts from seaweed
  • Plant extracts rich in bioactive compounds

At NatureXtracts, we offer the 100 % natural bioactive extracts that our customers need for their formulations!

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9200-047 Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal
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