Deep within the tissues of the starchy bulb is an enzyme that turns into the well known compound, allicin, when crushed or sliced.Read More
Cinnamon is a favorite herb to stir into cocoa to revive numb fingers and toes after an afternoon of snowman building. That famous effect is thanks, in a large part, to the organic compound cinnamaldehyde.Read More
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) is a nervine, anti-inflammation agent, analgesic and a sedative. It largely has iridoid glycosides to thank for its effect on the nervous system.Read More
Many plants make tannins. For all practical purposes, a tannin is an astringent, polyphenolic molecule that binds to organic compounds such as proteins. It has the ability to precipitate organic matter from a liquid to a solid.Read More
These pigments are not just responsible for granting elderberry their deep blue color. They make their mark in human health by decreasing inflammation and damage by free radicals. Combine this with antiviral effects and you have powerful medicine.Read More
Caffeine is an alkaloid which can be damaged by roasting and processing. This is why heavily processed coffee like instant coffee crystals only has about 50 mg. The dose is important.Read More
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