Friday, January 11, 2019


What the Latest Science Reveals
By John Malanca
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You might have heard of “phytonutrients” and how good they are for overall health. But what exactly are phytonutrients and why are they absolutely vital for preventing disease and maintaining vital health in this modern world?

Why We Need Phytonutrients Today

Phytonutrients give plants their color as well as their distinct taste and smell. They can also be thought of as part of the plant’s “immune system;” they help protect the plant from predators like bugs and fungi.

Fortunately, phytonutrients in plants are designed to help humans too. As antioxidants, they protect us from oxidative damage caused by environmental pollutants in our air, water, and food, as well as stressful lifestyle choices. Across the board, experts agree that the best way to get sufficient antioxidants is through consuming them in whole foods, as opposed to getting them in synthetic supplement form.

According to a 2014 analysis published in the Journal of Complimentary and Integrative Medicine:
Phytonutrients are the plant nutrients with specific biological activities that support human health…They [have] specific pharmacological effects in human health such as anti-microbial, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, anti-spasmodic, anti-cancer, anti-aging, hepatoprotective, hypolipidemic, neuroprotective, hypotensive, diabetes, osteoporosis, CNS stimulant, analgesic, protection from UVB-induced carcinogenesis, immuno-modulator, and carminative.

There is no doubt that more toxins in our air, food, and water as well as massive global soil depletion has left our bodies starving for natural substances that can help us detoxify and heal. A meta-analysis conducted by the University of Texas studied 43 common vegetables and fruits grown in the U.S. between 1950 and 1999. They discovered “reliable declines” in nutrients of all kinds in everything from corn to carrots. According to some nutritional experts, it now takes over 25 cups of today’s spinach to equal the nutrient density of one cup from 1950.

To get the most nutrient-dense produce for your dinner table, always make sure that the fruits and vegetables you buy are organic and non-GMO. If you have a farmer’s market in your region, consider making a visit. Talk to the farm representative and ask about their growing practices before you buy. And whenever possible, go for heirloom varieties of produce such as carrots, corn, and squash; studies have shown that the nutrient density of locally-produced heirloom varieties are significantly higher than more typical types, even if they are organic.

The Many Faces of Phytonutrients

Believe it or not, conventional medicine does not consider phytonutrients as essential for human health – even though there are over 13,000 studies registered with the National Institutes of Health having to do with their benefits for health (including 2,500 cancer studies!). In addition, approximately 40% of the conventional medicines currently in use are based on plant substances.

YOU don’t have to be fooled by the backwards thinking of the allopathic medical model, however. Phytonutrients are vital for health overall, and may even prevent and heal specific conditions. Below is a listing of the most common types, where they can be found, and what their benefits can be for health.

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