Phytochemicals (phytonutrients) are plant-based micronutrients that create the color, flavor, and aroma of fruits and vegetables. They offer many health benefits, and may help ward off chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Richest sources of phytochemicals? Cake, cookies, and fried foods? um NO! 🙂
Think: fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and teas
Carotenoids may be the most “popular” of the phytochemical posse. Red, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies fall into this category. Carotenoids prevent certain cancers, heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration. They also fight wrinkles and enhance immunity. Score.
Polyphenols have antioxidant properties and, according to some studies, may help prevent sun-related skin cancers and improve immune function. Polyphenols include flavonoids and nonflavonoids. Flavonoids enhance the effects of Vitamin C, and strengthen cell tissues.
How do I get my phytochemicals?