For years phytonutrients have been hailed as the “unsung heroes of health” but what are they? Phytonutrients consist of a variety of compounds produced by plants. Recently researchers have estimated there are up to 4,000 different phytonutrients. Every plant contains varying amounts of phytonutrients. For example, kale contains over 50 phytonutrients. Amazingly, Siberian Chaga contains over 215 phytonutrients!
Let’s take a deeper look at a few types of phytonutrients and why they are so important.
Types of Phytonutrients:
- Carotenoids: Carotenoids are pigments in plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria. These pigments produce bright yellow, red, and orange colors in plants, vegetables, and fruits. Carotenoids act as a type of antioxidant for humans. As a result, Carotenoids can lower the risk of heart disease.
- Ellagic acid: Ellagic acid is a powerful antioxidant that has the ability to scavenge free radicals, neutralizing them continuously in a virtual cascade. Learn more about foods that contain Ellagic acid here.
- Flavonoids: Flavonoids are rich in antioxidant activity and can help your body ward off everyday toxins and are found in berries, legumes, tea, grapes, etc.
- Resveratrol: Resveratrol has antioxidant properties as well as possible anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects. Naturally, resveratrol exists in purple grapes, strawberries, and blueberries, and more.
Reasons Phytonutrients Should be in Your Diet
- Inflammation: Phytonutrients help reduce inflammation. Consequently, phytonutrients can reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases, improve digestion, and improve energy.
- Anti-aging: To put it simply, free radicals are molecules that can damage the protein in our cells and cause them to age prematurely. However, many phytonutrients have antioxidant properties that help to counteract that damage.
- Anti-Cancer: According to the latest research, phytonutrients possess cancer-fighting properties. The discovery that these phytochemicals can selectively target cancer stem cells is being hailed by the researchers on the study as “a milestone in the improvement of cancer treatment because the synthetic anticancer drugs that are currently used are often highly toxic for healthy organs and weaken the patient’s immune system.”
- Infection fighters: Phytonutrients protect plants against bacteria and viruses. Similarly, they protect humans from infections caused by parasites, fungi, and bacteria.
- Lower cholesterol: High cholesterol is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, Saponins – a phytonutrient found in legumes – may help lower cholesterol.
In conclusion, we believe the best way to aid the immune system is to use natural methods like Siberian Chaga and Colloidal Silver. Earthborn products’ Siberian Chaga contains large amounts of phytonutrients and our manufacturing company is the ONLY one that has the official rights from the Russian government to harvest Chaga mushrooms.