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PHYTOCHEMICAL SUPPLEMENTS

 

Phytochemicals are nonnutrient plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds whose most potent activity is prevention of cancer Supplementing the diet with large quantities of phytosterols also reduces cholesterol absorption and LDL-cholesterol concentrations

They can be divided into:

Flavonoids - comprise the yellow and red/blue pigments in fruits and vegetables. They have antioxidant properties connected to those of vitamin C, as well as anticancer activity.

Phyto-Estrogens - are plant substances of different kinds (isoflavones, lignans) that have an estrogenic effect in the body, which are present largely in soy products and flax seed. There is evidence that they possess inhibitory properties to prostate, breast and colon cancer, as well as osteoporosis.

Isothiocyanates - are present in cruciferous vegetables and inhibit cancer by detoxifying the carcinogen and eliminating it. This has been mainly recognized in gastrointestinal and respiratory tract tumors.

Diallylsulfides - present in garlic, onion, leeks and chives, have shown to reduce proliferation of cancer cells, particularly cancer of the stomach and colon.

Carotenes – found in green and yellow-red vegetables are hydrophobic substances whose antioxidant functions fight a particular free radical known as singlet oxygen. Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lycopene are the strongest antioxidants, and are also active in the prevention of certain types of cancer and macular degeneration of the eye.

Selenium – part of one of the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, glutathione, as well as a metabolic defence to mercury, lead, calcium and arsenic. 200 mcg. daily selenium intake has a proven cancer inhibitory effect.

B-vitamins -in particular, B5. B6, B12 and Folic acid, are associated with lowering the levels of homocysteine, a risk factor for heart disease. Vitamin B5 is an essential element of energy-yielding oxidation of glucose products and also enhances the ability to withstand stress.

Coenzyme Q-10 -which acts like a vitamin, plays a critical role in the respiratory chain providing energy, as well as possessing antioxidant properties. CoQ10 is beneficial in the treatment and prevention of neurodegenerative disorders.

Carnitine - is a transport chemical required for the passage of fatty acids across cell membranes. Meat and diary products are major sources of carnitine which, when supplemented, improves stress tolerance, causes improvement in cognitive functions and has anti-fatigue effects.


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