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PHYTONUTRIENTS

 

"Phyto" is Greek for naturally-occurring plant compounds that contribute to the flavor, color, and disease-resistance in plants.

Phytonutrients are power antioxidants but are also beneficial to the body in many other ways, such as:

  • boosting immunity
  • strengthening heart and blood vessels
  • preventing tumors and cancer

There are several types of phytonutrients; the most important ones currently being studied for their antiaging properties are:

Anthocyanins - antioxidants that protect DNA against cancer causing damage and promote death of cancer cells. They are also powerful sunscreens, preventing photodamage.

Food Sources - berries, grapes, black currants, acai, mangosteen, and goji.

Allyl Sulfides - suppress growth of tumor cells and help excretion of cancer causing chemicals. They lessen stomach and colon cancer, and help to treat colds, blood circulation, inflammations, arteriosclerosis and diabetes.

Food Sources - found in garlic, onions, and shallots.

Catechin - an anti-oxidant that helps prevent tumors from growing, and reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, cancer, and diabetes.

Food Sources - found primarily in green tea.

Chlorophyll - blood boosting and a potent detoxification agent it protects cells against the free radical damage that leads to cancer.

Food Sources - wheat grass juice, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and in leafy greens.

Ellagic acid - defends cells lining the digestive tract against carcinogenic substances, preventing colon and esophageal cancer. It may also help the liver to break down and remove cancer causing substances from the blood. Studies have also shown ellagic acid effective in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy in advanced prostate cancer treatment.

Food Sources - pomegranates, grapes, raspberries, and strawberries.

Limonene - a hydrocarbon which helps the liver clear carcinogens from the body and promotes cell differentiation. ,

Food Sources - lemons and noni.

Lutein - carotenoid used as an antioxidant taken in high doses to reduce risk of breast, colon, endometrial (uterine) and prostate cancers. It is found in concentrated areas of the macula, the small area of the retina responsible for central vision.

Food Sources - green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, It is also found in mango and winter squash.

Lycopene - protects against prostate cancer, stomach cancer, and is helpful for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and male infertility.

Food Sources - tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava, papaya, and rosehips.

Quercetin - prevents inflammation and inhibits the release of histamines. Recent studies to treat skin and prostate cancers, showed a 90% death of the cancer cells within 48 hours, with no visible deaths of the normal cells! This phytonutrient is used to treat cancer, prostatitis, heart disease, cataracts, and respiratory diseases like bronchitis and asthma.

Food Sources - capers, apples, tea, onions, grapes, citrus, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, cherries, turmeric, and cranberries.

Resveratrol - kills cancer cells making it effective for anti-cancer, antiviral, neuroprotective, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and life-prolonging. It is also being studied for its benefit in athletic performance.

Food Sources - skin of red grapes and red wine, raspberries, mulberries, peanuts, blueberries, bilberries, and cranberries.

Sulphoraphane - activates enzymes that detoxify carcinogens; interfering with cancer cell growth and kills cancer cells.

Food Sources - broccoli, and broccoli sprouts.

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