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Phytochemicals or phytonutrients

Updated on May 25, 2009

Phytochemicals or phytonutrients has been a trend in medicine lately. Generally, this is referred to as "nu-traceuticals" which means foods that have properties of drugs.

What are Phytochemicals?

Phytochemicals are a class of nutra-ceuticals derived from plants known for their medicinal rather than their food values. Phytochemicals work together with nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and nuts, to help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of many diseases. They can have com­plementary and overlapping mecha­nisms of action in the body. Fruits

and vegetables rich in phytochemicals include: garlic, onions, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli tomatoes. peppers, carrots, celery, oranges,

lemons, grapefruit, grapes, berries, cherries, apples, cantaloupe, Watermelon, pomegranate, soybeans, green tea, and ginger

Benefits of Phytochemicals

 •   May help reduce the risk of high  blood cholesterol and some heart

diseases,  •  May also help prevent cancer by increasing body resistance or defense mechanism,

•   Boost immune response,

•   Protects body's structural compo­nents.

•   Helps in detoxification process of the liver

•   Helps in fighting infection

 Diet influences many health conditions and diseases. As such, optimal

health requires making the right

choices regarding nutrition and diet.

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