3E) Survival Nutrition – Chapter 5

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Survival Nutrition by Mike Adams – Chapter Five
Herbs and Extracts
Welcome to Chapter 5 of Survival Nutrition. This chapter focuses on herbs. An herb can refer to almost anything that’s from the world of botany. I want you to understand right up front here why we care about herbs and what it is that makes them special.
When you look up the definition of food, food typically comes from plants either directly or indirectly.
Food contains calories. Food contains minerals, which are atomic elements, and food also contains phytochemicals, or plant-based chemicals also called phytonutrients. These are synthesized by plants. Vitamin C is a phytonutrient, and rosmarinic acid found in rosemary is a phytochemical.
There are tens of thousands of different molecules that are synthesized by plants as they sprout and grow, like sulforaphane in broccoli or EGCG in green tea, which has an antiviral effect when combined with zinc.
Plants synthesize molecules, whereas non-living things do not synthesize molecules – except in a pharmaceutical factory by a synthetic method. In the world of food versus herbs, you could say that empty calories – you might be able to say that’s food, but I don’t consider it to be fully food.
What sets herbs apart is that herbs synthesize special molecules. These molecules, we can call them medicine. They’re not synthetic, they’re natural. And they only come from plants. Pomegranate extracts or pomegranate seeds come from the pomegranate fruit. It contains powerful anti-cancer and antiinflammatory components.
We’ll also talk about oregano and its antibacterial components. Pycnogenol is the brand name for a maritime bark extract that has remarkable antiinflammatory properties for your arteries and entire cardiovascular system. It comes from trees or tree bark.
If you look across the world of Chinese medicine, you’ll find that most of the ingredients are derived from plants. It could be their bark, leaves, seeds or pollen, but more often than not, it’s the synthesized molecules in the specific types of herbs that are used in Chinese medicine.
For example, there is a Chinese medicine called ma huang, also known in English as ephedra, that contains a stimulant called ephedrine. This stimulant was used as kind of a weight loss supplement, extracted and isolated many years ago. A lot of people tried to overdose on it, and some of them had heart palpitations, so the FDA banned the herb ma huang. The herb, when it’s in fully synergized form as a full-spectrum herb with hundreds of different phytochemicals in, it poses no such danger to individuals. Chinese medicine practitioners know how to use ma huang in a formula combined with other herbs to balance the body’s response.
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