A Tincture Is A Liquid Extract †
Tinctures are easy-to-take concentrated liquids that are used as nutrition and medicinal remedies to maintain, support, and promote health, wellness, and well-being. Tinctures are made from water, alcohol, glycerin, oil and/or vinegar with a type of food known as a dietary supplement, such as vitamins, minerals, spices, herbs, superfoods, and various botanicals.
Types of Tinctures
Four main types of tinctures:
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2. Spagyric Tinctures
Spagyric is an old-school method, more advanced than the 'simple' extraction method, which is used to preserve and concentrate additional constituents, such as the oils and salts.
Old-school Spagyric Oil Distillation†
Spagyric is most known for the last extraction step of fermenting the leftover herbs and spices, known as the 'marc', and calcining them by burning them to ashes. The mineral ashes are added to the previous extraction steps and may contain a minute amount of mineral salts.
Nowadays, we know that ashes are unabsorbable by the body and current methods exceed spagyric for nutritional purposes of minerals and salts. Modern methods, scientific research and more advanced equipment has integrated the original spagyric ideas into making better and more effective tinctures.
3. Dilution Tinctures
Modern technology can now focus on certain constituents that are extracted, separated and vacuum spray-dried into a water-soluble powder. Most often, the powders are encapsulated or used in various combination vitamin, mineral, and botanical capsule supplements for best cost effectiveness. Spray-dried extract powders may also be diluted into a tincture for better absorption.
Powders are standardized for a specific marker constituent which is recognized as a main constituent of the botanical.
- Ginsenosides are a main constituent of ginseng that is used as a standardized marker constituent.
Panax Ginseng Standardized Ginsenoside Powder †
These are often recognized by a percentage of standardization or large ratios such as 8:1, 20:1 or even 200:1. For example, 8:1 or 'eight to one' means eight pounds concentrated into one pound based on a specific marker constituent.
Dilution of spray-dried powders is best for glycerin tinctures since glycerin is a poor solvent for extraction. Water and alcohol dilution of spray-dried powders may be used for better absorption.
Many inferior quick-made tinctures use only a dilution of spray-dried powders diluted into a tincture as a way to create cheap and profitable dietary supplements.
4. Full-spectrum Extract Tinctures
The full-spectrum method is best used to extract the nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, along with plant pigments and other unique constituents into a concentrated combination tincture.
Full-spectrum uses alcohol and water, sometimes glycerin, with various multi-step stages of extraction to be combined and concentrated for up to 99.9% of the constituents found within the superfood, tonic, adaptogen or botanical.
Some Extraction Stages That May Be Used to Make Full-Spectrum Tinctures:
- Double Boilers
- Distiller Equipment
- Pressurized Cookers
- Flash Steam Equipment
- Spectroscopic Analysis
- Filtration Systems
- Extraction Tanks
- Cold Process
- Heat Amplified
The stages of full-spectrum extraction may vary depending on the superfood and botanical used, therefore requiring knowledge of the spectrum of nutrition and unique constituents for an effective tincture.
Heat is applied to constituents to be more absorbable and effective.
- For example, heat is used on the polysaccharides in goji berry.
Extraction in a cool environment, such as a fridge, is applied to preserve the pigments, vitamins, peptides and oils found in tinctures.
- Cold processing is done with deer antler velvet to preserve the peptides and lipids.
Flash steaming is applied to crack tough cells wells for further extraction.
- Flash steaming is done to medicinal mushrooms to crack the cell walls called chitin.
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