Today I want to give insight into extracts from plants in powdered and the various liquid forms available.
Let’s talk about the source of these extracts, plants.
Plants produce, store and transfer their nutrients through their system to help them grow, reproduce and fight attack from microbes or insects.
The first step in understanding the best way to extract the nutrients we require is to understand this process. It is also important to understand that humans and plants have evolved together hence the reason why our bodies need the nutrients from plants to be healthy and also survive.
Plant and human cells are similar in nature in terms of absorbing nutrients. For an extract from a plant to work in our bodies or on our skin, it needs to be in the same form it is found in the plant.
We now know that plants not only produce the nutrients we need but also the phyto nutrient protection (PNP™) system to keep the nutrients stable. There is also a bio-key™ that allows the nutrients to access the cell through its membrane wall rapidly and effectively. The PNP™ and bio-key™ are the most important factors that are required to deliver pure nutrients. For example, if these two factors were not present, vitamin C in plants would break down within the plant to ascorbic acid rendering it useless to our health. This could cause humankind all sorts of trouble as without pure vitamin C our bodies would stop functioning.
The best way to get nutrients from plants (raw uncooked is preferable) is to eat them. Many people (including children) will not consume plant materials due to texture and or taste. The availability and cost is also a major factor along with lifestyle choices.
The reality of what is happening to human health is directly related to the delivery of pure plant nutrients. As we move to a more process food/product environment from fresh food / raw ingredients sources, inflammation in our bodies has increased and with that, disease.
Have you ever seen a powder in a plant when you cut it open? I haven’t, and if I did, I would be astonished. So why is it we find so many brands offering powders?
Simple, plant materials break down and rot once harvested so removing water and the PNP™ and Bio-key™ from the plant to produce a dry powder makes sense. It’s also a cheaper way of shipping it compared to the whole plant.
Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to powdering.
Once you remove the PNP™ and bio-key™, the nutrients break down into their basic forms and any nutrients left lack the ability to reach the cell. Powders are either produced by freeze drying or spray drying. Freeze drying is the removal of water by freezing the plant material under vacuum. This is the most potent powder and expensive form and many natural powdered flavours are produced this way as most flavours are oil soluble. Spray drying is when the plant material is turned into a slurry and then heated to remove the liquid component while being spray onto an inert powder substance such as multi-dextrose. This is the least potent and cheapest version.
In my personal opinion powders are not bio-available. A great example of this would be not watering a plant until it dries out and its cellular structure and vascular system then collapse. Eating this plant would give no benefit. Drying and powdering plant material is the same thing.