Phytonutrients

What are Phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients, or phytochemicals, are derived from plants and have been the basis of many traditional remedies for pain, fever, and other ailments. The most widely known phytochemicals are carotenoids and flavonoids. Phytochemicals are found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but modern food-processing techniques often remove them. Extensive clinical trials have been conducted to examine the benefits of a wide variety of phytochemicals.

What are the health benefits of Phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients are helpful in treating many conditions. For example, lycophene, a phytochemical present in tomatoes, has been identified as an aid in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Phytonutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin are associated with good eye health and can help to prevent macular degeneration. The phytonutrient quercetin, found in the skins of apples and red onions, is used in the treatment and prevention of allergies, asthma, arthritis, and cancer. Berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, are abundant in phytochemicals with anti-inflammatory properties.

Where can I find Phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients can be found in concentrated capsule form and are often included as an element in complex vitamin supplements.

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