Macros, Micros, But What Are Phytonutrients?
Ever wonder why fruits and veggies are the color that they are? Or why garlic, and a ripe papaya have such a strong smell? It’s because of their Phytochemical compounds, or also known as Phytonutrients.
Plants with superpowers!
Yes, you read that right.
So, super-foods? Well, yes and no.
Let us explain...
Phytonutrients are natural chemicals in plant foods that allow plants to defend themselves against predators, disease and hostile conditions. When we eat plants filled with phytonutrients the protective role of these phytonutrients translate into nature's most powerful medicine!
What do we mean by that?
It means that plants have the ability to protect themselves through phytonutrients, more like having their own defense line or immune system per say. So, the more phytos we eat, the more health benefits we gain. The darker the greens, the more potent in phytonutrients.
You see, when people say it’s important to eat the rainbow, it’s because of phytonutrients. It’s important to intake a vast variety of colorful fruits and veggies because we gain a variety of vitamins and benefits from the plants phytonutrients.
Phytonutrients are also responsible for giving a fruit or veggie their color, taste and odor aside from their amazing health benefits. Crazy, right? Who knew that strong smelling garlic came from phytonutrients.
Types of Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients can easily be classified in five different colors. Here is a list of some phytonutrients classified through fruits and veggies per color along with some of their health benefits...
ORANGE & YELLOW:
Alpha-Carotenoids → Provides vitamin A and cardiovascular health. You can obtain these phyto's by eating foods like carrots and pumpkin.
Beta-Carotene → A powerful antioxidant, protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, enhance immune system function, as well as healthy bones. You can obtain these phyto’s by eating foods such as cantaloupe, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
Hesperidin → Provides antioxidants and protect against most chronic diseases. You can obtain these phyto’s by eating citrus fruits like lemons and oranges.
Beta-Cryptoxanthin → Provides protective antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. You can obtain these phyto’s by eating foods such as pumpkin, squash, peppers and tangerines.
BLUE & PURPLE:
Anthocyanidins → Protect cells from damage, improve memory function, and promote healthy aging. You can obtain these phyto’s by eating berries such as blueberry, elderberry, as well as grapes.
Resveratrol → Help fight against fungi. You can obtain these phyto’s by eating blue and purple fruits such as grapes and berries (acai, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries).
Isothiocyanates → Protective of your DNA, inhibit carcinogens, and can stop the progression of some tumors. You can obtain these phyto’s in cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cabbage and kale.
Lutein → Preserve vision and is believed to reduce the risk age-related macular degeneration. You can obtain these phyto’s in green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, and broccoli).
Lycopene → Contain potent antioxidants. You can obtain these phyto's by eating foods such as tomatoes and watermelon.
Ellagic Acid → Can help reduce DNA damage. You can obtain these phyto's by eating foods such as strawberries and pomegranates.
Allicin → Reduce cholesterol, protect against cardiovascular disease, as well as help lower blood pressure. You can obtain these phyto's by eating foods such as garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks.
Quercetin → A powerful antioxidant, reduce mutations, and help bone loss. You can obtain these phyto's by eating foods such as apples and onions.
Keep in mind...
These are only a few phytonutrients, there are hundreds more out there.
Things to know
Unfortunately about 8/10 Americans don’t eat enough color.
- 74% don’t eat enough Red
- 76% don’t eat enough Purple/Blue
- 69% don’t eat enough Green
- 83% don’t eat enough White
- 80% don’t eat enough Yellow/Orange
So, how can you benefit from Phytonutrients?
Imagine in-taking all of the vitamins and minerals that come with eating a diet rich in plant foods and to top it off you also intake their defense source leaving you with the best tools to enhance your immune system. Sounds great, right?
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