Phytonutrients can help reduce your risk of diseases PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Al Sears   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:43

There’s a group of nutrients that can protect your body from toxins and disease.

But you’ve probably never heard of them.

They’re called phytonutrients. And they work together with vitamins, minerals and fiber to promote overall wellness.

These compounds weren’t discovered until the 1990s, when scientists realized particular plants produce certain nutrients that defend against harsh sunlight, viruses and bacteria.

When you eat these plant-based foods, their nutrients get right to work. They protect your bloodstream, cells, tissues, membranes, organs and immune system from the toxic chemicals, viruses and carcinogens you’re exposed to in our modern environment.

Research shows that phytonutrients can help reduce your risk of diseases. These include cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.1,2,3

They do this by:

• Firing up your immune system,

• Stimulating enzymes that detoxify your body,

• Eliminating toxins from your liver,

• Preventing inflammation and much more.

In fact, phytonutrients can control the most fundamental aspects of your body’s basic chemistry, including the integrity of the trillions of cells in your body.

You see, each cell in your body is protected by a cell membrane. Without a healthy membrane, a cell can quickly decay.

Here’s why: Each of your cells contains fragile strands of DNA. One tiny nick in your DNA – say from a free radical – can destroy an entire cell.

But the phytonutrients and antioxidants in unprocessed fruits and vegetables get into the cell membrane. And protect it from attack by free radicals.

There are about 50,000 phytonutrients in nature. And you can find them in foods that you probably already enjoy eating.

These include:

• All colorful berries like blueberries and strawberries

• Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts and asparagus

• Pink grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines

• Garlic, onions, scallions and chives

• Carrots, tomatoes and red beets

• Black cherries, red grapes, purple grapes, apricots and dark plums

• Raw seeds, nuts, legumes and peas

And that’s just a short list.


 

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