Once upon a time it was thought that fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals were all the nutrients necessary for growth and health. Now we know there's another group of nutrients necessary for optimal health - phytonutrients. Despite its high tech ring, "phytonutrient" (from the Greek phyton for "plant") simply means a "nutrient from a plant."
While there are many phytos that have been identified, there are probably thousands more that remain to be discovered. The best known phytos are carotenoids, flavonoids, and isoflavones. Carotenoids include yellow, orange, and red pigment in fruits and vegetables. Dark, green, leafy vegetables are rich in the carotenoid, beta carotene, but the usual yellow color is masked by the chloraphyll, the green pigment in the vegetables. Flavonoids are reddish pigments, found in red grape skins and citrus fruits, and isoflavones can be found in peanuts, lentils, soy, and other legumes. You're familiar with vitamins, now we have "phytomins," which are less familiar, but equally important, health-promoting substances in food.
1. Phytos protect the body and fight disease.
2. Phytos fight cancer.
3. Phytos help hearts.
The power of blue foods...
04/10/2002 - Early results of a study by neuroscientist James Joseph, of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, indicate that blueberries may help reduce age-related brain damage that can lead to conditions like Alzheimer's Disease, reports the Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA).
Blueberries show promise in protecting heart...
13/04/2006 - Blueberries could strengthen blood vessels against oxidative stress that may lead to heart disease, says new research - news that could boost already impressive sales.
Cranberries may fight ulcer-causing bacteria in humans...
6/28/2007 - Cranberry juice may enhance the power of antibiotics to clear the stomach of women of a bacteria known to cause ulcers and cancer, new research reports.
Cranberries top the antioxidant list...
23/04/2002 - Cranberries are the fruit with the greatest antioxidant properties, according to a number of studies presented this week at the Experimental Biology 2002 meeting and at the 223rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society earlier this month. Cranberries were among a number of the most popular fruits investigated by scientists in several separate studies, and were shown to be among the best at fighting cancer, inhibiting the growth of common foodborne pathogens and aiding in the prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
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Christopher Wiechert, C.N.C.
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