Isoflavones, flavonoids, phytonutrients – it may seem that you
need a whole new language to understand the basics of nutrition
these days. Phytonutrients are a class of nutrients that are
found in high concentration in fresh fruits, vegetables and
grains – particularly in their skins. For years, nutritionists
have recommended eating our vegetables with the peels and skins
on – and the latest research into phytonutrients explains a
great deal about why that advice is excellent advice for anyone
concerned with nutrition.
According to an article published by the Agricultural Research
Service of the USDA,
“…cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease may plague the
middle-aged and elderly because of our limited knowledge of
phytonutrients. Research in this arena, now less than two
decades old, may relegate some of today's ills to the history
books—joining scurvy and pellagra.”
have been literally thousands of phytonutrients isolated, and
each of them has specific nutritional properties and health
benefits. Phytonutrients are, in most cases, the actual pigments
that give a fruit or vegetable its color. They may be
flavonoids, isoflavones, aromatics, carotenoids – nearly all are
antioxidants, and most contribute to our health through
complementing a good diet.
group of phytonutrients are the pigments found in bright yellow,
orange and red plants, and include the more familiar names beta
carotene, lutein and lycopene. All have antioxidant properties,
and most have been show to protect specific types of tissue or
cells from damage from free radicals.
sub-group of terpenes, the same group that contains carotenoids,
limonoids occur most often in citrus fruit peels, and seem to be
specific to protecting lung tissue.
abundance in the seeds of green and yellow vegetables such as
squash or pumpkin, phytosterols block the uptake of cholesterol
in the intestines, helping to keep cholesterol at lower levels.
are the pigments that give blueberries, grapes, bilberries and
other ‘blue’ and violet fruits their color. They’ve been studied
for decades for their disease preventative properties.
are well over 1500 flavonoids found in a wide variety of plants
and herbs. Because there are so many, from so many different
sources, it’s impossible to list all of the bodily functions
that they may affect. Their biologic activity includes action
allergies, inflammation, free radicals, hepatotoxins, platelet
aggregation, microbes, ulcers, viruses and tumors.
Isoflavones are a
phytonutrient subclass found in beans and legumes. They deserve
special mention because they appear to the block tumor growth.
Benefits of PHYTONUTRIENTS:
health benefits of some phytonutrients have been known for
centuries – though an ancient Chinese physician would have
blinked at the word. Over the centuries, many of the ‘folk
remedies’ that were recommended by herbalists and early
physicians have proven, upon research, to be so effective that
the pharmaceutical industry sought to synthesize the ‘active
those active ingredients that the term ‘phytonutrients’ refers.
Phytonutrients are the reason that carrots really ARE good for
your eyesight (the carotenoids have proven beneficial in
preventing and reversing the leading causes of age related
blindness), eating your veggies really can help you grow strong
bones (calcium is absorbed more readily thanks to the action of
phytonutrients found in vegetables and fruits) and orange juice
is good for your cold (limonoids help heal and protect lung
more, research points to the fact that nearly all of your
‘modern’ age-related diseases are linked to diet. Study after
study confirms the things that our grandmothers knew without a
high school diploma, let alone a degree. Good food is good for
you. Eat your veggies fresh. Don’t eat too much of one thing –
spread it around.
Side Effects of PHYTONUTRIENTS
are few reported side effects for most phytonutrients. They are
not ‘drugs’, and are non-toxic. Some may have mild side effects
related to overuse, and some may trigger allergies in particular
people, but overall, the use of concentrated phytonutrients as a
supplement is safe.
ideal world, we’d all get all the phytonutrients that we need
from our daily diet. Unfortunately, our world today doesn’t give
us the luxury of obtaining the levels of most phytonutrients
that our bodies were meant to use. High stress, fast-paced
lifestyle and modern farming methods make it difficult to take
in all the nutrients that we need to maintain our bodies in
optimum physical condition.
reason, many nutritionists feel that taking a supplement that
contains a full complement of the phytonutrients your body needs
can help ward off the effects of aging and the harm done by free
radicals in your system. We
Xtend-Life's Bone-Protec as an ideal supplement for
your regular diet. Besides containing a full complement of both
red and green phytonutrients extracted from fresh vegetables,
fruits and herbs, it also contains high quality coral calcium –
and a number of added ingredients designed to work with and
facilitate your body’s absorption of those important nutrients.
healthy diet is the single most important thing you can do for
your body and yourself, but to help out in the gaps where our
modern diets fall short, add a daily supplement like
Bone-Protec from Xtend-Life.