Commercial name Cistanche
Botanical name Cistanche tubulosa
Botanical family Orobanchaceae
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Plant part Stem
Manufacturing place China
Cistanche tubulosa is a parasitic plant resembling an asparagus. Its stem is fixed by a sucker on the root of the host plant, the tamarix. It feeds by absorbing nutrients from the plant it parasitizes. Its stems are full and thick, cylindrical, without chlorophyll. The leaves are reduced to brownish scales. In China, Cistanche tubulosa is known as a rare ginseng found in the desert and is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. In Japan, it was classified as a food in 2005. According to the Chinese Pharmaceutical Dictionary, Cistanche tubulosa strengthens kidney function, increases sexual potency and calms the intestine.
Elderberries have been used for their medicinal benefits for thousands of years throughout North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. In the Middle Age, it was considered as a Holy Tree due to its ability to improve health and longevity. Elderberries are full of powerful nutrients and have some interesting health benefits.
Elderberries are a dark blue, purplish berry that is both rich in colour and nutrition. These berries contain very high amounts of the polyphenol anthocyanin, which give them their dark colour. Anthocyanin's antioxidant ability allows the berries to survive periods of intense UV light radiation from the sun.
Elderberry has a very high ORAC score: over twice as much as blueberry and cranberry. Elderberry also contains trace minerals and has more vitamin C than oranges.
The nopal or barbarian fig (Opuntia ficus indica), is a widely distributed cactus but mostly founds in Mexico and Mediterranean area. It produces edible fruits with many seed from which we extract oil (see our prickly pear seed oil here) from which we can also produce jams. In numerous dietary supplements, the Nopal pulp is used claiming a positive effect on the blood sugar regulation.
Lastly, the extracts obtained from the cladode (which include the pulp) are used as a fat-absorbed in order to manage the weight.