Plants as Medicine

Plants as Medicine

Have you really considered why adults and children alike are reminded to eat more plants?

Plants are complex carbohydrates and through the fibre they contain, plants feed our gut bugs. The more diverse the plants in the diet, the more diverse the fibre, which in turn nurtures a more diverse and balanced gut microbiome.

Why are plants so powerful?

They have evolved their own form of defence against ultraviolet radiation or aggression by pathogens by utilising the antioxidant properties of these polyphenols which protect from damage caused by free radical oxygen molecules.

What about polyphenols?

Plants also contain abundant micronutrients called polyphenols. Polyphenols have been recognised for their antioxidant properties and their probable role in the prevention of diseases associated with oxidative stress e.g., cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, polyphenols may benefit the gut by reducing populations of more harmful bacteria. Polyphenols also provide flavour, colour and an appetising presentation, influencing our food choices.

You need a daily dose!

Polyphenol metabolites are found in plants including wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Whilst they support a healthy body and help fight disease, it’s important to note that in general most of these metabolites are rapidly removed from the bloodstream and therefore daily consumption of plants is necessary to ensure consistent high concentrations in the circulating blood. Eating more whole food plants on a regular basis promotes better detoxification pathways.

How does this fit in with Akesi?

The Akesi range is more than your daily multispecies probiotic, the range also contains plant nutrients that many people lack due to the reduction of plant diversity in their diet. These include anthocyanins, curcuminoids and polyphenols. 

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