What's a Tonic? - Duke's Materia Tonica
February 5, 2020 21:36
What's a Tonic?
A tonic is a food or a supplement that will tone-up a body part, organ, gland, and/or metabolic system for greater strength and increased vitality.
- Ginseng is a common energy tonic.
Tonics have a combination of nutrient and constituent structures that are used by the functions of a body-part, organ, gland and/or metabolic system. Metabolism is a bodily process that converts what you eat and drink into energy that necessary for health, fitness and performance.
- An example is how the structure of antioxidants maintain energy and oxidation in the body.
A tonic works by how it will tonify a metabolic system. It does this through supporting, building, maintaining, promoting, and/or repairing a bodily function; by the nutrient and constituent structures contained within the tonic.
- For example, reishi mushroom tonifies the vascular circulation system from it's combination of B vitamins, triterpenes, antioxidants, and minerals such as potassium and copper.
Tonification is a tonic's ability to tonify the body over a period of time that results in an accomplished state of greater bodily functioning and well-being.
- For example, consuming deer antler velvet over sixty days will strengthen the joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. This is due to the continual consumption of collagen proteins, growth factors, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese and so on that are contained within deer antler velvet.
Choosing a Tonic:
Select a body part, gland, organ and/or metabolic system you wish to tone-up. Many tonics target a specfic combination of body parts, glands, organs and metabolic systems that will be tonified. Choose the tonic that best fits your interests and needs.