Plants

Nature showered the planet with an enormous variety of plants. These plants provide the wonderful, colorful and complex carbohydrates enjoyed around the world. Each one a unique work containing groups of phytonutrients. which I call 'libraries'. This library is what gives the plant its particular identity and usefulness to humans.

The smaller phytochemicals are complexed to the larger macronutrient (carbohydrate). This is the plant's store of polysaccharide chains. 

Polysaccharide chains provide clean fuel and the phytocompounds act as preventive agents that neutralize the harmful agents that target cells. Other agents aid the body in its need to repress the response to inflammation.

So not only do colorful foods best meet the energy needs of people who are active, but they also provide a library of antioxidants (flavonoids, polyphenols) and healthy fats (omega-3s). There are also a host of natural anti-inflammatory foods (turmeric, ginger, garlic) that aid a proper recovery.

Meals of colorful plants doubles as a non-pharmaceutical strategy to manage the pain and inflammation that follows exercise and a preventive strategy to avoid or delay the onset of 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. 

Botanical as herbs have a long history of use but lack the benefit of clinical trials and double-blind studies that pharmaceutical drugs have. This does not diminish the validity of their healing power. Plants not only taste wonderful but their colorful pigments protect us from disease.

All three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) are synthesized, assembled and stored inside plant cells.

Fruits and berries synthesize simple sugars or small carbohydrates. Grains, grasses and vegetables synthesize the complex ones.

The energy that the plant provides is in the form of macronutrients. Together with their rich supply of micronutrients makes plants the perfect source for food.

Colorful plants contain the nutrient that best fuels exercise, carbohydrate.  They also contain a library of various pigments and phytocompounds that repress inflammation and prevent cell dysfunction. 

A diet rich in colorful plants thus prevents disease

Carbohydrates are a series of linked glucose molecules. Their links are formed by weak chemical bonds that can easily be broken or hydrolyzed by enzymes.

 Fatty acids are synthesized in the more dense seeds, nuts and beans of plants.

 Amino acids are synthesized in beans and serve as a good source of protein.

The predominant macronutrient present in each plant (carbohydrate, fat or protein) forms the basis and rationale behind their use.

Legumes (beans), potatoes, and whole grains provide the most fuel but contain less phytochemicals. Legumes however are high in protein, whole grains and B vitamins.

Plants are indispensible to life. They produce oxygen and converts carbon and sunlight into food. Without plants humans would perish. Plants are the staple of every culture’s diet.  The color and variety of plants made them the prime source for the cures developed in the Traditional methods of healing. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of plants have been used medicinally for thousands of years.

Plants owe this power to the small compounds synthesized in their chemical factories. These phytocompounds are created out of the raw material available to the plant and provided to them as part of their environment. Those parts of the plant that grow underground, benefit from a rich soil and create a more complex library of compounds while those exposed to the sun synthesize more colorful ones. These phytocompounds serve as micronutrients in life’s essential processes.

Plants synthesize a spectrum of phytochemicals. This spectrum or library of compounds explains the diversity of botanical activity. As a library, plants synthesize multiple versions of any given active chemical or agent. Each one, possessing a unique biological activity.

The difference between any two ‘volumes’ in the library is chemically slight. But these small alterations completely alter their binding proclivities based on their miniscule changes in spatial orientation. These variations are often reduced to one or two possible conformations. These agents or ligands either can or can not bind with a cell receptor. The 0 and 1s of nature.

The library of compounds in plants provides them with a built-in balance. Spatial variation explains the contradictory and moderating effects of herbs.  Moderation is achieved by the binding of alternate receptors.

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