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Phytonutrients and Phytochemicals Fight Disease

April 21, 2011

Phytonutrients and Phytochemicals Fight Disease

Researchers estimate there are somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 phytonutrients (aka plant nutrients or phytochemicals) found in fruits, vegetables, berries, and other plants. These phytonutrients are the powerhouse of nutrition. Although only about 1,000 of these phytonutrients have been isolated by scientists, what we have discovered about these phytonutrients is amazing.

These phytonutrients have been found to:

  • Act as powerful antioxidants, reducing oxidative stress and disease
  • Slow and prevent damage from aging
  • Reduce DNA damage
  • Dramatically reduce inflammation
  • Increase the body’s ability to detoxify
  • Balance and strengthen the immune system
  • Moderate hormone pathways and promote hormonal balance
  • Destroy harmful bacteria
  • Destroy harmful viruses
  • Prevent macular degeneration
  • Reduce heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and autoimmune disease risk

..and much more!

Although we still know so little about phytonutrients, we do know this: the more phytonutrients you get in your diet, the healthier you will be. That’s why the USDA recommends eating 7-13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day to prevent disease – because it works!

How to Get Enough Phytonutrients in Your Diet

Phytonutrients are what give fruits, vegetables, and berries their brilliant colors. What we now know is that different types of produce contain many different families and varieties of phytonutrients in different amounts. For example, an apple has over 12,000 phytonutrients in it – a lot indeed, but not all of the phytonutrients that we need for good health.

So instead of eating 7-13 servings of apples a day, you need to spice things up. Variety is the spice of life! Try eating lots of varieties of different fruits, vegetables, and berries on a daily basis to get plenty of different nutrients.

One easy way to know if you’re getting enough variety or not is to look at the color on your plate – do you see a rainbow, or just a bunch of white and brown?

You want to eat a rainbow of color every day:

  • Red  – tomatoes, raspberries, red currants
  • Orange – oranges, mandarins, clementines
  • Yellow – squash, bananas
  • Green – spinach, broccoli, kale
  • Blue – blueberries
  • Purple -blackberries, dark currants

This is just a short list – there are hundreds of options to choose from – have fun with it!

For Those Who Don’t Eat Enough Berries, Fruits and Vegetables

For those who don’t eat enough produce regularly, we recommend taking a whole food juice powder concentrate of fruits, vegetables and berries. This will help give you a variety of the naturally occuring phytonutrients and phytochemicals from the berries, fruits and vegetables themselves in a convenient capsule or chewable form.

We recommend Juice Plus+ because of the extensive peer-reviewed medical research showing that:

  • Juice Plus+ is bioavailable (meaning when you ingest it, your body actually absorbs it)
  • Juice Plus+ reduces oxidative stress and lipid peroxides (meaning the antioxidants work in your body to make you healthier)
  • Juice Plus+ helps balance and promote healthy immune system function
  • Juice Plus+ reduces homocysteine and other risk factors for heart disease
  • Juice Plus+ reduces DNA damage from oxidative stress (meaning healthier cells)

For more information about Juice Plus+, you can visit the website: Juice Plus+

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