What is a phytochemical?

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What is a phytochemical, where do I find them, do I need to add yet another thing to my diet? If you are not familiar with the word, phytochemical, you are not alone. Some claim it’s the newest thing in nutrition.  If you’ve been eating plant based foods, you’ve been getting plenty phytochemicals without even knowing it. Keep up the good work! A phytochemical is a substance found in plants that may promote good health. Phytochemicals are general considered non-essential, but many studies have shown beneficial effects in the body.

What are the benefits of Phytochemicals?Apfelscheiben grün rot

  • Neutralize free radicals
  • Act as an antioxidant
  • Contribute to a healthy digestive tract
  • May reduce the risk of some types of cancers
  • May reduce the risk of some chronic illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes
  • Contribute to maintenance of mental, and visual function

What are the best sources of Phytochemicals?

  • Colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Green tea
  • Soybeans
  • Lentils
  • Seeds
  • Whole grains

 

 

 

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