What's stronger/better: Powder, Tincture, or Tablet?

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cppoly
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   Posted 4/20/2018 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Buhner protocol keeps mentioning you could take his protocol in powder, tincture, or tablet form.

Is there any difference in terms of performance?

Which of the three is the strongest delivery method and potentially the best option if your body can withstand it?

Hoagie
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   Posted 4/20/2018 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Good question. I've wondered the same thing but have not inquired.

I think tinctures are the most popular due to ease of taking. Powder is the most budget friendly for me. But can be a pain to encapsulate even with a machine. I don't care for tablets because of expense and possible fillers. I believe there are some companies that make tablets with a whole protocol mixed in one tablet. Personally, I don't care for that method. If you have a bad reaction to one of the herbs, you can't find out which herb in that form.

I have talked to people who swear by making teas with the whole herb. To me, this sounds like it would be the most effective method. But very time consuming.

cppoly
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   Posted 4/20/2018 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Great thanks for the info. Looks like tincture is the most potent.

vcast
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   Posted 4/20/2018 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, great question, because I found out it matters.

Tinctures are technically more potent than extracts, most tablets and all powders, but we should all really be taking the fresh, raw, whole part of the herb wherever possible If you cant find fresh herbs, high quality natural (non heat processed) tinctures are almost as good. This is backed by science now. (Buhner is a genius and knows this).

I cant find the NIH study again, but it was noted that powder is dramatically less potent than the fresh herb itself. The study was specific to Tumeric, where it was noted that the Curcumin within Tumeric was only 5-10% as powerful as the fresh Tumeric root itself. The fresh Tumeric also had other synergistic antioxidants that were destroyed anytime the herb was dried or even shredded. NIH also concluded this was just the tip of the iceberg and that there are an ocean of other healing properties (both known and unknown) that are destroyed during the reduction to powder form. So if you take the powder form you are losing out on a large spectrum of other secret compounds that are likely helping you too.

You should be able to find similar studies for Ginsing and the range of Chinese mushrooms too. Hope this helps you.
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Healrom
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   Posted 4/21/2018 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that it depends of the plants. Some are badly extracted from stomach acids.

From what I've read, the tincture goes faster in the blood. So maybe you can reach a higher concentration of products in the blood. But probably it will be less effective for the digestive system.

sandyfeet
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   Posted 4/21/2018 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for this info vcast!

I take most things in tincture form as it's the most convenient but with one I'm taking it in powdered form as I wasn't sure if the tincture would have the same compounds. I'll have to do some more reading on this but it makes sense that the tincture would be best. I wonder why Bhuner recommends powder for ashwagandha - I've never seen an answer for that.
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