Health benefits of phytonutrients - watercress
The cruciferous vegetable with powerful cancer fighting properties watercress is the most ancient vegetable known to man and is also the most nutritious and medicinally powerful vegetable.
Health benefits of phytonutrients - sulphoraphanes
The cruciferous vegetables belong to the family of plants known as Brassicaceae. Their name, cruciferous is derived from the arrangement of the four petals of their flower, like the cross. The phytochemicals in the cruciferous vegetables are known as sulphoraphanes. They belong to the organosulphur group of compounds called isothiocyanates. Sulphoraphanes are bonded to glucose…
Health benefits of phytonutrients - phytoestrogens
Phytoestrogens are a group of phytonutrients that belong to a group known as plant xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are a type of xenohormones that imitate oestrogen. Xenoestrogens are of two types, the synthetic and natural. The synthetic xenoestrogens are industrial compounds such as phthalate and Bisphenol A (BPA), which exert oestrogenic effects on living things. They are…
Health benefits of phytonutrients - flavonoids
Classification, plant sources and health benefits of flavonoids Flavonoids, otherwise known as bioflavonoids, are a group of secondary metabolites in plants. To explain further, secondary metabolites are organic compounds produced by plants for their defense against herbivores or as colours in flowers...
The role of phytonutrients in prevention of diseases
We have considered components of plant food such as minerals and vitamins in the past. These are mostly essential to the body; they are life-saving to the body, but are not produced by the body. They have to be sourced from food that we eat, water we drink and from supplements.