We hear a lot of questions concerning the best delivery method for natural remedies. Which is better, a vitamin supplement or an herbal tincture? The truth is that the type of remedy you choose depends on your expected results. Both methods can be effective under different circumstances.
Tinctures are herbal extracts that implement alcohol or glycerin to draw out the components of a plant. Over a period of several weeks, the solution slowly absorbs active phytochemicals and properties held within the herb. This maintains and preserves its efficacy while simplifying its structure into a simple liquid form.
This delivery method is preferable when you wish to benefit from all of the innate qualities held within an herb, without consuming the entire raw plant. Here are a few examples of herbs that may prove most potent and effective in tincture form:
- Echinacea – Also known as the coneflower, this herb has been shown to boost white blood cell counts and improve the general performance of the immune system.
- Milk thistle– The unique composition of milk thistle has a healing effect on the liver, encouraging regeneration of damaged liver cells while helping it to expel toxins.
- Gotu kola – This ancient Chinese herb can have a host of health benefits, such as improving memory and cognitive function, treating varicose veins, as well as helping wounds and scars to heal.
Vitamins and Supplements
Tablets and Capsules
- MSM – This natural chemical compound can improve your overall health on a cellular level, but would break down and be lost through a tincture extraction.
- Multi-supplements – Oftentimes, supplements can prove most effective when combined with other vitamins and minerals, such a multi-vitamin or multi-mineral.
- Multi-benefit supplements – If you wish to take a supplement that will combine the benefits of multiple herbs and neutraceuticals to perform a specific task – such as a digestive aid – you will probably need to take it in capsule form.