Phytonutrients are chemical produced by plants to keep them healthy. Our human bodies can also benefit from phytonutrients in plant foods. Phytonutrient can often found be in colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices.
Some of the most common type of phytonutrients include carotenoids, flavonoids and glucosinolates. Carotenoids are beneficial to our eyes and immune system health; the common carotenoids are also said to decrease the risk of macular degeneration. Flavonoids can help in the support of cardiovascular disease prevention, they are helping in healthy cell communication and provides the benefits of detoxification and decrease inflammation. Meanwhile glucosinolates that found predominantly in broccoli, and cauliflower help to eliminate toxins from our body.
So when it comes to your daily diet, remember the phrase ‘eat the rainbow’. A healthy and balanced diet means eating a variety of fruit and vegetables. Add an abundance of colourful veggies to your diet, to ensure that you get the full range of phytonutrient benefits.