Why Glycerin is Above All Other Extracts
What is the benefit to taking an extract?
The success of herbal products as healing agents for your body or illness is dependent upon how active their ingredients are when you ingest them. For the maximum benefit, it is important to take herbs in the form that best captures and preserves their active constituents. Liquid herbal extracts achieve this, so they are the most beneficial form of herbs available on the market today. Extracts aren’t exposed to oxygen and light the way some capsules and tablets are, therefore their potency remains firm. There is less fillers and inactive ingredients in extracts as well. Liquids are digested and more immediately available into your glands, organs and bloodstream, when compared to tablets and capsules. Tinctures and extracts maintain their freshness longer too. When trying to decide what form of product is best for you consider a tincture or extract for maximum absorption, potency, and your greatest advantage. Although the science is there many have questions they would like answered before taking such a strong herbal medicine. In this article we will touch on a few basic questions on tinctures and how they are made.
How are tinctures made?
A tincture, or liquid extract, is the preservation of herbs in alcohol and/or water or with vegetable glycerin. These are the most common forms of herbal medicines, along with capsules and tea. Some herbs require an alcohol extraction process so that certain medicinal constituents are pulled out of the plant and made available to the user. Tinctures are extracts made by soaking herbs in solutions designed to draw out their virtues. Alcohol is the most common soaking solution for tinctures. Tincture manufacturers must have recipe books to guide them, as the exact method will differ for each herb. Tinctures are valuable because they are easy to digest, assimilate, and absorb. Some herbs can only be used in this form. The strength of a tincture should be listed on the bottle in the form of a ratio, such as 1:5 or 1:2. The first number tells you how much of the herb is present, and the second number tells you how much of the liquid was used to dissolve the herb that is in the preparation. Not all liquids are comparable though. Water, alcohol and glycerin each do different things and process at different levels.