Phytochemicals (or Phytonutrients) are only found in food, mainly in fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and other plants. More than a thousand have been identified, although only a few have been studied in details
Phytochemicals are produced by plants and their function is to protect them against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Recent researches has shown they also have protective or disease preventive properties to the human body when ingested in large quantities.
There is some evidence that certain phytochemicals may help prevent the formation of potential carcinogens, block the action of carcinogens on their target organs or tissue, or act on cells to suppress cancer development.
There are several major groups of phytochemicals.
These compounds may stimulate enzymes that help the body get rid of harmful chemicals. They may also help strengthen the immune system. In brief, Phytochemicals can act as:
Main list of Phytochemicals:
It may sound complicated but Phytochemicals are extremely important to our health as explained in this very detailed article. Many experts suggest that people can reduce their risk of cancer significantly by eating more fruits, vegetables, and other foods from plants that contain phytochemicals.
By getting as much as information as possible and by understanding and using all that available information (i.e. ‘ANDI Scoring: The Truth‘) it is becoming easier to live a better life by eating the right food.
Brassicas (aKA leafy green vegetables) are indeed one of the best source of phytochemicals, therefore, the best weapon in prevention against cancer and many more diseases that we are told to learn to live with when we should not. We are a generation addicted to medicines, yet we have forgotten what is the most important in our life: FOOD.
Use it wisely and eat natural… and whenever possible Biodynamic (Demeter certified) or Organic, and in season. Local is also best.
Ban refined and chemically altered food from your diet (and all other food that human should not eat), and opt for more fresh fruits and vegetables (there is an extended list of both above and in many other articles in this blog, but you can also find more information online and in specialised books, and you should seek medical or health care practitioner advice if you have any question).
You have the power to live a better and longer life, and for most an happier life.
We have all that we need to do it, and nature is giving to us in abundance.
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Registered Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Iridologist, Lecturer, NLP practitioner and Personal Performance Coach.