What’s for dinner tonight? PHYTONUTRIENTS!

Phytonutrients_0616 Sound appetizing? You bet! We’ve all heard it before — vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity.1 Sometimes it can be difficult to follow the recommendations. You may be wondering what exactly it is that you’re missing out on when you don’t get your daily fruits and vegetables. Well, the answer is healthy phytonutrients.

So what is a phytonutrient?

“Phyto” is derived from a Greek word meaning plant. “Nutrients” are compounds that are beneficial for life. Thus, phytonutrients (otherwise known as phytochemicals) are organic compounds derived from plant material. Phytonutrients are not essential for life, as are proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, but studies show that they can help maintain overall wellness.* In plants, phytonutrients help protect against pollutants, drought, insects, etc. In our bodies, phytochemicals can support overall wellness,* a very good reason to start eating your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables!

A class of its own

Phytonutrients come in many classes; the most common ones being carotenoids, flavonoids and isoflavones.2

  • Carotenoids are the yellow, orange and red pigments found in fruits and vegetables.
  • Flavonoids are reddish pigments found in red grape skins and citrus fruits.
  • Isoflavones can be found in peanuts, lentils, soy and other legumes.

Foods that are phyto-dense:

  • Soy
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Flax seeds
  • Citrus fruits
  • Melons: cantaloupe, watermelon
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Blueberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Chili peppers
  • Beans and lentils

Despite the benefits phytonutrients offer, it’s still very hard to stick to the recommended fruit and vegetable daily servings. We also live fast-paced lifestyles and deal with stress making it hard to take in all the nutrients our bodies need.

Genesis PURE™ products can fill in where your food can’t. Daily Build, Greens, Acai, Mangosteen, Noni, Goji, and Mila are great sources of phytonutrients. Give your body the nutrients it needs and wants in order to achieve a lifestyle of Whole Health.

1https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/

2http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/antioxidants-101-what-are-flavonoids-nonflavonoids.html

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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