With Chronic Disease at an all time high information on health and wellness is pretty easy to find. One source of health that is new to the game is Phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are defined as natural compounds founds in fruits and vegetables that work together with vitamins, minerals and fiber to promote good health. The research dealing with phytonutrients is on going. The current studies are finding tremendous benefits:
- Act As Antioxidant
- Stimulate Immune System
- Positively Affect Hormones
- Act as Antibacteial or Anti Viral Agents
- Cause Cancer Cells To Die
- Repair DNA Damage Cause By Exposure To Toxins
Phytonutrients have been specifically linked to treating or preventing the 4 major causes of death in the western countries, which are 1. Cancer2. Diabetes 3. Cardiovascular Disease 4. Hypertenstion.
Phytonutrients are found in plants. There job in plants is to protect from ultraviolet rays, infections and pollution. Phytonutrients are broken down into different classes which include:
5.Isothiocyanates and Indoles
6.Phenols and Cyclic Compounds
8. Sulfides and Thiols
The class we must familiarize ourselves with is Cartenoids, which have been studied extensively. The fruits and vegetables high in Cartenoids protect against certain cancers, heart disease and age-related muscular degeneration. Click here to find more information on the phytonutrient classes.
The fruits that are the strongest source of Phytonutrient are berries (blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and blackberries. Other fruits high in phytonutrients are apples and pears. Vegtables rich in Phytonutrients include the following:
2. Sweet Potatoes
6. Bell Peppers
8. Brussel Sprouts
Green Tea is a great liquid source of phytonutrients. Just remember when shopping for phytonutrients look for yellow,orange, red and dark leafy vegetables. For fruits, look for berries, apples and pears.
More beneficial information regarding phytonutrients is being discovered on a regular basis. We all know we are in a financial crisis the numbers don’t lie. The same is true with our health numbers, we are in a health crisis as well. Pay attention to what you put in your body, these days it could mean the difference between life and death.
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