The enormity of the plant world’s contribution to human health can never be overstated.
Plants convert sunlight into chemical energy and stores that energy in the bonds of the carbohydrates, proteins and fats that is makes. When those nutrients are digested, the energy from those bonds are released, recaptured and put into the bonds of phosphates. Phosphate bonds are the currency of biological exchanges. All biological energy is derived from plants.
Plants like soybeans and lentils contain the ideal proportion among the three nutrients.
Pasta, rice, bread, legumes, fruits, olives and vegetables are healthy. They are the best source of clean fuel and are the only foods that provides fiber and phytonutrients.
In addition to nutrients, some plants contain compounds that have medicinal activity. These effects are often attributed to the plant's antioxidants or anti-inflammatory compounds.
Some compounds neutralize harmful free radicals while others add visual and gustatory appeal to food.
The medicinal effects of botanicals are attributed to the array of compounds the plant manufactures.
Those that are created naturally by the cell and those that become active due to the processes of fermentation and heating.
Free radicals attack cell membrane receptors causing cell dysfunction.
When the dysfunction occurs in blood vessels, it leads to an accumulation of damaged lipoproteins and clogged arteries.
Accumulations in joints leads to arthritis, insulin receptor dysfunction results in diabetes and attack on nerve cells in the brain causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's’ diseases.
The colorful pigments and other compounds in plants protect cell membranes by binding with free radicals before they can initiate their attack.
Some plant compounds exist with the same chemical formula but are orientated differently in space.
Biological activity is usually based on the spatial relationship of lock and key or the chemical marriage between a receptor and a ligand.
These bindings are the 0’s and 1’s of Nature, the on/off switches of life. The Yin and Yang of the universe.
Plants plant contains multiple keys for different locks. The locks being the membrane receptors that stud a cell’s membrane. Especially those in muscle and nerves.
Plants are a natural combinatorial library. The term is used to differentiate it from the synthetic creation of all possible combination or what is normally called a combinatorial library.
Combinatorial chemistry is the digital analogue to conventional drug design. Its an invention that reproduces Nature’s limited diversity to clone receptors and ligands.
The effects of plants are best explained by recognizing that the active agent in a plant is in reality a group of agents or library of compounds. Nature provided plants with these chemical libraries, which are multiple forms of the active compounds.
The profile of compounds found in any given plant is unique to the botanical species. When grown in the wild, plants produce a more diverse spectrum of compounds than when they are farmed or genetically modified. This may account for the absence of taste in great looking fruit.
The effects of plants are often attributed to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote human health.