Supplements and Tinctures

This month we are looking at Supplements and Tinctures. When you make an appointment at The Balance Point, MuQi may suggest different supplements and tinctures, if he feels that they will benefit the client for more efficient healing. Supplements, we are all pretty familiar with and the following information describes some common supplements. Then continue reading for information about tinctures below.

Benefits of Supplements

Essential Vitamins

Did you know that there are 13 essential vitamins?  Essential, that sounds like a word with meaning.  Oxford Dictionaries Definition of Essential: absolutely necessary; extremely important. We need these vitamins. Vitamins help our bodies to function correctly.  They are essential.

Medline Plus - Vitamins

The Medline Plus Medical link above lists all of the essential vitamins. There is an additional list of foods that contain these vitamins. Consult the list to see if you are lacking in some "essential" vitamins.  This article lists the foods that provide the vitamins in their natural form. It also states, the most healthy way to obtain essential vitamins is by eating natural foods that contain those vitamins.  However, it does recommend supplements if you are not eating the right foods.

Essential Vitamins & Minerals

Goodnet - Essential Vitamins Your Body Needs

Now we're talking! The link and article above lists essential vitamins & minerals. One example is Zinc. This mineral is found in dark chocolate. This site includes some beautiful images of the foods that provide vital nutrients for us.

Food with Essential Vitamins & Minerals

Food with Essential Vitamins & Minerals

This link from the Harvard Help Guide, explains how the essential vitamins and minerals work in our system. It also addresses why we need them. Our bodies are such amazing machines that require "fuel" to keep them running smoothly.  Also explained are the diseases that might occur in our bodies. These diseases are more likely, if the correct micronutrients are not being supplied through diet.

Did you know that vitamins are organic and minerals are inorganic? Fat-soluble or water-soluble?  Neither did I, but I do now.  Do you know the difference between vitamins and minerals?  Just another interesting fact to study in this great article.  Thank you for participating in my nerd-out.

What are Tinctures?

A tincture is typically an alcoholic extract of plant or animal material or solution of such, or of a low volatility substance. - Definition of Tincture - Wikipedia

Why use tinctures?

The main reason to use a tincture instead of the tablet or capsule form of a supplement is to promote absorption. The process of developing the tincture makes the content easier for the body to absorb and then utilize for healing.

Searching for a highly effective and incredibly simple means of administering herbal medicines? Tinctures are definitely the first place to look.

Tinctures are often overlooked as a method of administering herbal medicines – most people are not as familiar with their use as they are with teas and capsules. But tinctures are actually one of the most effective means of taking herbal medicines, especially for managing acute conditions.

The use of tinctures to administer herbs has several benefits when compared to teas or capsules. First, tinctures are easy to use. They do not need to be prepared multiple times per day like a tea, and do not present difficulty in swallowing like a capsule. Tinctures often come in small dropper bottles, making them much easier to transport for dosing throughout the day than teas or capsules. Many herbs do not taste very pleasant as a tea—such as bitter herbs to enhance digestion—so people are more likely to take herbal medicine as tinctures. - quote from Navaherbs - Benefits of Tinctures

You can talk to him about the best supplements for you. Contact MuQi for a consultation to talk more about dietary needs and how they effect the body. You can read more about vitamin supplements on his website: Supplements and Good Manufacturing Practices. Take this opportunity to explore his massage and acupuncture services also.