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Plants are vital to our lives and livelihood. We owe our health, our strength, heck, our entire existence to plants. But plants come in countless shapes, sizes and varieties. What is the difference, for example, between a food plant and a medicinal plant?

Food Plants

Chances are you see food plants every single day. When you walk into a restaurant, visit a grocery store, stop at a farmer’s market or even take a stroll in your own back yard.

Fruit Plants Food plants are the plants that sustain human life: oranges, bananas, mangos, carrots, broccoli, and so on. These plants are widely available. Everyone knows where they can get their hands on an orange, right? Not only are they common, they contain all sorts of beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Food plants are great at keeping our bodies running strong, but they do little to actually improve health. For that we need something beyond a common food plant.

Medicinal Plants

Medicinal PlantsFortunately there are more options for an increasingly health-conscious society like ours. Usually growing in pristine, untouched environments, one can sometimes find a rare plant that can actually improve one’s health.

We call these little miracles Medicinal Plants. Unlike food plants, medicinal plants do much more than simply sustain life. Medicinal plants actually improve health. They are used to restore physical and chemical balance in our bodies, and in some cases have been used and treasured for thousands of years.

Medicinal plants are less common than food plants, but exponentially more potent. Medicinal plants contain bioactives — biologically active compounds or substances proven to positively impact chemical processes in the body. These bioactives are safe, stable and adaptogenic, meaning their effects are non-specific, and they respond to each individual body’s needs.

Morinda Bioactives

When it comes to medicinal plants, none in the world are quite like Noni. Grown and harvested in the rich, fertile soils of French Polynesia, noni is one medicinal plant that was preserved for thousands of years, and is now starting to fill the earth.

Ask anyone who drinks Thrive Adaptogenics Bioactives. They’ll tell you it absolutely has a positive effect on their bodies. But Thrive Adaptogenics are built on more than anecdotal evidence. Morinda has real science backing our products. Noni research includes dozens of clinical trials, hundreds of studies, published articles, state-of-the-art development and a worldwide coalition of dedicated scientists.

Morinda is the unquestioned leader in bioactives and bioactive research. No one knows medicinal plants better than them, and they’ll make sure it stays that way.

So now you know the difference between food plants and medicinal plants, as well as the important role of Thrive Adaptogenics. Hopefully now you also know, if you didn’t already, that Morinda is poised and ready to lead the bioactivist revolution.

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Jaime Boyd says:

    Without medicinal plants, most medicines you take would not exist. Over 40% of medicines now prescribed in the U.S. contain chemicals derived from plants.

  2. This series of web pages will attempt to answer some basic questions about the safety and efficacy of some medicinal plants. More plants will be added as information is available. Please read the introduction before reading about the plants.

  3. Linda Pitts says:

    Yvinskas, Katherine. Conservation of native medicinal plants. The Herbarist, no. 66, 2000: 52-55.

  4. Certain brassica constituents are currently undergoing research by pharmaceutical companies. Formerly referred to as ‘mustard oil glycosides’, and now known as glucosilinates, these molecules are attracting heightened interest for their anti-cancer activities, especially against breast cancer.Of our cultivated vegetables, broccoli and watercress are perhaps the most widely researched. They contain the molecule sulforaphane, which also exhibits substantial anti-cancer properties. The message here is simple; the brassica plants offer fantastic preventative medicinal food.

  5. The use of medicinal plants is not just a custom of the distant past. Perhaps 90% of the world’s population still relies completely on raw herbs and unrefined extracts as medicines (Duke 1985). A 1997 survey showed that 23% of Canadians have used herbal medicines. In addition, as much as 25% of modern pharmaceutical drugs contain plant ingredients (Duke 1993).

  6. The past decade has also witnessed intense interest in “nutraceuticals” (or “functional foods”) in which phytochemical constituents can have long-term health promoting or medicinal qualities. Although the distinction between medicinal plants and nutraceuticals can sometimes be vague, a primary characteristic of the latter is that nutraceuticals have a nutritional role in the diet and the benefits to health may arise from long-term use as foods (i.e. chemoprevention) ( Korver, 1998 ). In contrast, many medicinal plants exert specific medicinal actions without serving a nutritional role in the human diet and may be used in response to specific health problems over short- or long-term intervals.

  7. Winter is a challenging time when it comes to food growing, so why not take advantage of what nature provides for free? More often than not, our hardy wild plants will offer us nutritionally-high greens for the salad bowl or cooking pot (often far higher than from plants generally grown or bought), and provide us with safe, effective medicine!


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