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Phytonutrients: therapeutic benefits
Phytonutrients: therapeutic benefits

Phytonutrients: therapeutic benefits

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Date: November 30, 2021

One of the main areas of interest in nutrition science concerns the therapeutic benefits of phytonutrients, otherwise known as phytochemicals. These naturally occurring substances give plants their characteristic taste, color and aroma as well as human resistance to disease. Thousands of phytonutrients have been identified in fruit, vegetables, grains, seeds, algae and nuts. The benefits to humans are considerable, as they help prevent serious ailments such as tumors and cardiovascular diseases. Per example, two phytochemicals present in plant species of the cruciferous family (to which broccoli and cauliflower belong), known as indole-3 carbinol and sulforaphane, they promote the metabolization of toxins and are linked to the prevention of certain types of cancer. Flavonoids, found in citrus fruits, provide protection against heart disease, stroke and cancer. Numerous phytochemicals are powerful antioxidants capable of defending the body from cell damage and environmental pollutants. Other phytonutrients help cells detoxify more efficiently. Per example, chlorophyll present in large quantities in green colored vegetables is a potent detoxifying phytochemical. In short, we need all the support that nature is able to offer to live well in a highly toxic environment such as today's world. Numerous phytochemicals are powerful antioxidants capable of defending the body from cell damage and environmental pollutants. Other phytonutrients help cells detoxify more efficiently. Per example, chlorophyll present in large quantities in green colored vegetables is a potent detoxifying phytochemical. In short, we need all the support that nature is able to offer to live well in a highly toxic environment such as today's world. Numerous phytochemicals are powerful antioxidants capable of defending the body from cell damage and environmental pollutants. Other phytonutrients help cells detoxify more efficiently. Per example, chlorophyll present in large quantities in green colored vegetables is a potent detoxifying phytochemical. In short, we need all the support that nature is able to offer to live well in a highly toxic environment such as today's world.
The truth is that man is what he eats. People who grew up on diets based on whole foods, including large amounts of plant foods, are more likely not to get cancer, cardiovascular disease and other ailments. Numerous other benefits associated with phytochemicals are yet to be discovered.

 

Agenti fitochimici
Sources Property Pathologies
Phenolic acids broccoli, berries, tomatoes, cabbage, whole grains antioxidant action cancer prevention
Ellagic acid berries, grapes, apples, tea detoxifying action cancer prevention
Gallic acid green tea, red wine antioxidant action, strengthening of the immune system infections, heart diseases
Bioflavonoids fruits and vegetables antioxidant action, cancer prevention arthritis, tumors, vascular disorders
Catechins berries, tea (especially green tea) antioxidant and detoxifying action hypercholesterolemia, prevention of tumors and heart diseases
Chlorophyll green plants and other highly colored vegetables antioxidant action, high vitamin K content anemia, detoxification, burns and injuries, cancer prevention
Organic sulfur compounds garlic, onions, chives antioxidant action, strengthening of the immune system, detoxifying action prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, strengthening of the immune system, general detoxification
Curcumin turmeric anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidant action arthritis, inflammatory intestinal disorders, tumors
Fructo-oligosaccharides Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, garlic, bananas detoxifying action, growth of bacterial flora disorders affecting the digestive tract, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, proliferation of fungal agents, tumors, vaginitis
Flavone glycosides ginkgo biloba, black tea antioxidant action, improvement of blood circulation heart disease, kidney disease, varicose veins, depression, poor memory
Glucosinolati vegetables from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts) detoxifying action, maintaining hormonal balance cancer prevention, general detoxification
Character vegetables from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts) detoxifying action, maintaining balance cancer prevention (especially secondary to hormonal disorders, such as breast and prostate cancers)
Isoflavoni soy maintaining hormonal balance premenstrual syndrome, menopause, cancer prevention
Isotiociati broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish detoxifying action cancer prevention
Lycopene tomatoes, black grapes antioxidant action cancer prevention and treatment
Lignans flax seeds, nuts strengthening the immune system, maintaining hormonal balance prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases
Limonoids citrus fruits and peels detoxifying action prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases
Allylic sulfides garlic, onions aid to detoxification tumors
Sulforafano vegetables from the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts) detoxifying action, maintaining hormonal balance cancer prevention
Terpeni citrus fruits cancer prevention cancer prevention, hormonal balance

 

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