Phytonutrients – Health Benefits and Sources

Phytonutrients – Health Benefits and Sources

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.

The vibrant colors of phytonutrients

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:

PhytonutrientsSources and Benefits
Carotenoids
  • Found in yellow and orange foods like pumpkins and carrots
  • Antioxidants vital for vision, growth, and immune system
  • Boost your intake with Shaklee’s Carotomax
Flavonoids
  • Loads of phytonutrients are found in a variety of plant foods
  • Protects your cells from oxidative damage that can lead to disease
  • You can supplement your diet with Organic Greens Booster
Lutein & Zeaxanthin
Resveratrol
  • Sources include red wine, peanuts, berries, and grapes
  • A powerful antioxidant, promotes cell defense, energy, and repair
  • Shaklee’s Vivix is 13X more powerful than resveratrol alone
Grape seed extract
  • Chardonnay grape seeds
  • Protects cells from damage, promotes healing and healthy circulation
  • You can boost this phytonutrient with Mindworks
Curcumin
  • Found in turmeric root
  • A powerful antioxidant promotes healthy brain and joints
  • Add antioxidant power to your day with Turmeric Boost
Allicin
  • Found in garlic and onions
  • Helps control bad cholesterol and regulates blood pressure
  • Increase your intake of Garlic Complex
Catechins
  • Found in green tea
  • Helps promote weight loss and helps prevent cell damage
  • Energize your day with Shaklee 180 Green Tea

Shaklee Life Shake and Organic Greens Booster

You may also want to consider adding a scoop of Organic Greens Booster (OGB) to your favorite Life Shake™ or other beverage and try it in foods such as soups, stews, or pasta.

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.

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