Natural super plants like ginger and turmeric contain a wide range of phytochemicals. These are the naturally occurring bioactive compounds that act on our bodies natural processes.
The question is how to get these powerful compounds to where they are needed in the body?
At Verdant Kitchen® we use our deep knowledge and experience gained from being organic farmers, processors, chemists, formulators, and manufacturers. We understand that the end result can never be better than the ingredients used. We have learned to build processes that treat these natural ingredients with gentle processing so as not to degrade the very compounds that we are trying to deliver in our products.
Let's first look at the source of these phytochemicals. Ginger and turmeric each have over 50 biologically active compounds. There is a lot of press about these key compounds. Curcumin, found in turmeric is one compound that gives turmeric it's bright yellow color. Many high-quality medical studies have looked at the positive impact it can have on a healthy inflammatory response. Likewise, gingerol from the ginger root has well documented positive results at reducing nausea from motion sickness and exhibiting positive impacts on circulation, headache, cell repair, and anti-clotting.
It would be wrong to assume that curcumin, no matter the positive effects it can deliver, is the only bioactive compound in turmeric. Medical research surrounding ginger and turmeric grows every day and much of it is focused on the cascading reactions and interactions that the many different bioactive compounds have on our bodies.
These bioactive compounds are made by the plant cells and are often held within the cellulose matrix of the plant. To make them available to be adsorbed by our bodies, we need to consider how to best prepare and use them.
Key Considerations to Ensure Maximum Natural Quality
Best Ways to Get Maximum Positive Impact in Your Body
Pros: Very convenient. Easy to carry and store. Measured dose. The product is finely ground providing a high surface area for your digestive system to adsorb more easily. May release slowly across your entire digestive system
Cons: Need to swallow a capsule. Active compounds are still bound up in the cellulose matrix. Not all compounds are water soluble so this can limit or slow adsorption. Not well suited to add to foods or beverages.
Pros: Easy to use and carry. Liquid concentrates can be easily added to beverages. Easy to control dosage. During preparation, the whole roots are extracted in a cane sugar-based alcohol solution. Many of the bioactive compounds that are not soluble in water are very soluble in alcohol. This provides a high level of available adsorption.
Cons: Not very suitable for direct consumption as the undiluted concentrate can have a very strong flavor.
Oil base Concentrates
Pros: Easy to use. As an oil based concentrate, they can be easily added to foods and cooking. Easy to control dosage. During preparation, the whole roots are extracted in a food grade oil. Many of the bioactive compounds that are not soluble in water are VERY soluble in oils. This provides a high level of available adsorption.