What Are Phytonutrients?
When deciding what to eat the easiest way to create a healthy meal is to have a wide variety of color on your plate. The most nutrient-rich foods are the most colorful foods. Packed full of phytonutrients, dark colored fruits and vegetables will help the body fight inflammation, destroy cancer cells and keep the blood flowing.
Colorful Plate = Good Health & Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are often called super foods due to their high vitamin, mineral, good fatty acids and antioxidant properties.
What Are Phytochemicals & Why Do I Need Them?
Phyto means plant in Greek. Phytochemicals or phytonutrients are the molecules in the plant responsible for the color.
These are very small chemicals or nutrients that affect our health and our body’s ability to fight disease and regenerate cells. They have not been placed into a nutrient group of their own but are part of all the nutrient groups. Scientists estimate that there are over 10,000 such chemicals that are considered beneficial to health.
The reason why we need them as a key component to our diet is that as a group, phytonutrients are key to a graceful, healthy aging process. Phytonutrient and antioxidants allow our body to rejuvenate cells.
Natural aging and living is a daily/continuous dying of cells. If our body cannot make more cells as they naturally die, then we will age before our time.
Foods High In Antioxidants – How To Get Phytonutrients
Basically any food that is colorful is high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. The deeper the color, the higher the levels. To get phytonutrients, just eat a healthy diet and paint a picture every time you fill your plate.
The list of foods high in phytonutrients is unlimited:
- Raspberries, pomegranate, grapes, goji berries, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and other deep colored berries top the list.
- Red and orange fruits/vegetables are always recognized as super foods, such as carrots, squashes, orange and red peppers, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, etc.
- Get your dark leafy greens for nutrient-dense foods: spinach, kale, broccoli, swiss chard….
- All nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes and onion family foods are also high in phytonutrients.
As you can see the only thing it takes get all your phytonutrients is to eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of colors on a regular basis. Paint a picture on your plate!!