The barefoot, drinking-from-mountain-springs Vitalis
says our industrially produced food today contains far too few real nutrients. Vitalis is not the first to notice this. At the moment, we are seeing a huge health and fitness trend from the USA spilling over into Europe: The tracking and hacking of one's body but also the return to a stone-age diet, also known as 'paleo'.
Some phytochemicals - antioxidants, flavinoids, polyphenols - have become increasingly popular in recent years because of the many beneficial effects they may have on humans.
This is not surprising. After all, our domesticated plants are increasingly losing these substances or have already lost them over millennia of breeding.
A plant that 'thrives' on the sickbed of industrial agriculture cannot develop life forces. How could it? It no longer has natural enemies.
Wild plants are different. Wild plants have to hold their own in the daily struggle. Artemisiniin from Artemisia annua, for example, is a substance that protects the plant from fungi, viruses and predators.
Secondary plant compounds are what make Artemisia
so bitter. Also testosterone from pine pollen
is a secondary plant compound, a phytoandrogen. On that note - Rewild Yourself!