Have you heard of phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients are natural chemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs, spices, and other plant foods.
“Phyto” refers to the Greek word meaning plant.
Phytonutrients act as pigments, giving fruits and vegetables their vibrant color. They also protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, UV rays, and other threats.
In your body, phytonutrients act as antioxidants and help prevent damage to cells throughout the body. Some may have positive effects on the immune system and hormones, while others act as antibacterial or antiviral agents.
There are more than 25,000 of these phytonutrients from different plant sources, with different benefits for your body.
Although they may differ in structure, each phytonutrient works for the same goal: reducing oxidative damage and protecting your health.
So how do you get phytonutrients?
Foods rich in phytonutrients usually have vibrant colors. However, white foods such as onions and garlic, and even olive oil are high in these nutrients as well.
Here are some of the phytonutrients you want to include in your diet:
|Phytonutrients||Sources and Benefits|
|Lutein & Zeaxanthin|
|Grape seed extract|
The possibilities are almost endless. OGB is also a great way to “sneak” some greens into your kids’ favorite foods for a boost of healthy phytonutrients.
It doesn’t have to be complicated to get the phytonutrients you need. Think about it like eating a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables; try having fun with it.
Thanks for reading!