5 Interesting Health Benefits of Phytonutrients

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Domonique D. Hargrove B.A., M.S., NCEP Certified, Founder& President of “Slight Edge Performance Program”LLC

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What are Phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients also known as Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by plants, generally to help them thrive or thwart competitors, predators, or pathogens. The name comes from Greek φυτόν, meaning ‘plant‘. Some phytochemicals have been used as poisons and others as traditional medicine.

Phytonutrients are organic components found in plants that are thought to promote human health. The term “phyto” originates from a Greek word meaning plant. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are all rich sources of phytonutrients. Many plant-based foods including fruits and vegetables contain a number of different phytonutrients, even if they have been studied primarily for just one or two. That is why there is not only a need to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables in general, but also to increase variety to ensure the best possible benefits.

What are the health benefits of phytonutrients?

Among the benefits of phytonutrients are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Phytonutrients may also enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism.

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Phytonutrients and associated great health benefits:

There are 5 color categories describing phytonutrients and specific associated health benefits for the phytonutrients in each of those 5 color categories.

  1. Green category phytonutrients Lutein/ Zeaxanthin are associated with vision health and found in foods like spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli. Glucosinolates associated with cellular health is another green category phytonutrient found in broccoli, bok-choy, cabbage, mustard greens.
  2. Red category phytonutrients like lycopene associated with prostate health, lung health, stomach health, heart health and found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon and red grapefruit. Ellagic Acid associated cellular health is another red category phytonutrient found in raspberries and strawberries.
  3. White category phytonutrients like quercetin associated with blood vessel, heart health, bone and joint health are found in onions, apples and radicchio.
  4. Blue/ Purple category phytonutrients like anthocyanidins associated with heart health, cell health, skin health, digestive health, brain health are found in grapes, blueberries and eggplants.
  5. Yellow/ Orange category phytonutrients like Alpha-carotene associated with vision health, healthy growth and development, heart health are found in carrots, plantains and pumpkin. Beta-carotene associated with vision health, healthy immune function, healthy growth and development, heart health, bone health is another phytonutrient found in carrots, Chinese cabbages, plantains and cantaloupe. Hesperidin associated with heart health is found in oranges, lemons and limes.  Beta-cryptoxanthin associated with heart health, bone health, joint health is another beneficial phytonutrient found in oranges, tangerines and papayas.

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Continue to be conscious and proactive about making sure you are getting these essential phytonutrients in your diet and eating lifestyle!

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