Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Phytonutrients are...

...substances that are naturally occurring only in plants. Some of them may provide health benefits beyond those provided by essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals). Eating a variety of colorful, nutrient-rich fruits and veggies has been associated with a lower risk of some chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. According to "Core Performance" nutritionist Amanda Carlson, phytonutrients (also called "Phytochemicals") may act like anti-oxidants to help protect and regenerate essential nutrients and/or work to deactivate cancer-causing substances.

Each fruit and veggie contains specific phytonutritent based on its color. The blue/purple group (think plums, grapes, raisins, blueberries, and blackberries) contains anthocyanins and phenolics which have been linked with attenuating the aging process.

More to come...


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