Nature showered the planet with an enormous variety of plants.
These plants provide all the wonderful, colorful and complex carbohydrates enjoyed around the world.
Each plant contains a unique group of phytonutrients complexed to its store of polysaccharide chains.
The polysaccharide chains provide fuel while phytonutrients act as preventive agents that neutralize harmful agents and repress the body’s response to inflammation.
So not only do colorful foods best meet the energy needs of people who are active, but they also provide the spectrum of antioxidants (flavonoids, polyphenols) healthy fats (omega-3s), and host of natural anti-inflammatory foods (turmeric, ginger, garlic) that are essential to a proper recovery.
It doubles as a non-pharmaceutical strategy to manage the pain and inflammation that follows exercise and as a preventive strategy against arthritis.
The earlier this strategy is implemented in life, the stronger and more profound the benefit.
Colorful carbohydrates are found in all the fruits and vegetables grow round the world.
These carbs are plants whose importance to life can never be overstated.
The air we breathe and most of the foods we eat are the products of plants.
Without plants the human miracle of life would be aborted.
I have categorized these foods into groups based on the predominant pigment contained
There are many other phytochemicals that are bound up with the food’s polysaccharide core, which are advantageous to health.
Their names and chemistries are provided, not because they need to be memorized and kept in the brain’s RAM, retrievable with thought, but are included in order to demonstrate the scientific justification for the claims that food is medicine.
Plants provide cures.
Red, White and Blue with an excess of Green foods, reflect the totality or library of compounds contained in the plant.
These phytonutrients are extracted from the food during the process of digestion or is provided in an already bioavailable form like a dietary supplement.
Once free of its polysaccharide shackles and de-complexed, they are used by the body during normal and reparative functions. It is important to note that the process of refining food, removes these very valuable nutrients.
Pharmaceutical science isolates the active compound in the expectation of altering and patenting it while Natural Healing depends on the whole plant. This statement pretty much sums up the difference between botanical and pharmaceutical medicine.
Drugs are single, isolated, solitary compounds derived from plants. Botanicals on the other hand, are the libraries of those compounds. Libraries contain multiple versions of the same compound. The library concept explains the complicated chemistry that rules bioactivity.
In essence, it is Nature’s RAID array. Simultaneously backing up its active molecules with alternative ones, protecting them, in case they are accidental mutated or erased. The molecules and the structures they bind with are the biological equivalents of data. Within this data, are certain sequences that lead to one effect while other sequences lead to others. Balance between these events provides moderation. Pharmaceutical drugs have a much more powerful effect because drugs have no moderating influence other than dose. Multiple versions provide stability and safety to botanicals. These cures are far less powerful than drugs because drugs consist of one active agent. Drugs possess power, uniformity and strength. They also produce serious side effects, which are countered by other drugs