Plants synthesize carbohydrates out of sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.
These colorful carbohydrates are bound together to form the fruits and vegetables grown round the world.
Carbohydrates are creations of plants.
Production of carbohydrate is essential to the plant's life and to human survival.
The importance of plants to life can never be overstated.
The air we breathe and the foods we eat are the products of plants.
Without plants the human miracle of life would be aborted.
Plants or rather the foods are categorized into groups based on the predominant pigment or lack there of.
These pigments are antioxidants but there are other phyto-nutrients that are bound up with the plant's polysaccharide core.
These are extremely advantageous to health because they stimulate the body's healing forces and immune system
I grouped the foods into Red, White, Blue and Green Libraries.
Each color reflecting the totality or library of compounds contained in the individual plant and not one ingredient.
Lycopene, the red antioxidant of tomatoes, is a green food.
Nature created libraries of compounds.
Some libraries, like those grown in rich mineral environments may be psycotrophic or are truly unique in their own special individuality.
The type of compound found in the plant reflects that origin.
Little sunlight alters metabolism and the resulting compounds, like those grown in high mineral soil, produce exotic compounds.
Mushrooms and roots use the nutrients and dead-matter of the environment to create unique compounds with powerful medicinal activity.
Not surprise then that the pipeline of drugs to fight cancer are derived from this group of plants.
Plants that get plenty of sun produce a different spectrum of plant compounds.
These plants produce multiple versions of the same compound, a redundancy of Nature.
Pharmaceutical science uses only one of the designs and discards, what it perceives as inactive compounds.
Healing uses whole plants or extracts of wholeplants to improve the speed and exactness of biological processes.
Plant nutrients are extracted from food during the process of digestion. Phytonutrients can also be provided in an already bio-available form like smoothies, shakes and juices.
Once free of its polysaccharide shackles and de-complexed from it, these phytonutrients are then used by the body during normal and functions.
It is important to note that the process of refining food, removes these very valuable nutrients.
Pharmaceutical science isolates an active compound in the expectation of refining, altering and patenting it.
They want a compound with the most power and minimal side effects.
Natural Healing on the other hand, depends on the whole plant.
Since its impossible to know the contribution of any one component, none should be removed unless it is harmful.
This makes them less powerful and safer.
This statement pretty much sums up the difference between botanical and pharmaceutical medicine.
Drugs are single, isolated, solitary compounds, usually derived from plants.
Botanicals on the other hand, are the complete libraries of compounds that plants contain, some of which offset side-effects and is what makes them less powerful.
Libraries can contain multiple versions of the same compound.
The library concept explains the complicated chemistry that rules bioactivity.
In essence, a library is Nature’s RAID array. The compounds are the data.
Nature is simultaneously backing up active molecules and creating alternative ones.
These molecule very often bind with human receptors. Anytime this happens, changes occur within the micro-structures of the body that produces some effect.
The molecules and the structures they bind with are the biological equivalents of data.
Within the data, are certain sequences that lead to one effect while another sequence can lead to totally different effect.
A ligand binding to a receptor is the signal that begins every action.