Phytonutrients ...
Fight Oxidative Stress
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The most exciting research in the last decade has been the discovery of a group of protective nutrients called phytonutrients .... naturally occuring compounds that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors. They helps plants fight oxidative stress. At first, beta-carotene from carrots was thought to be the most important phytonutrient.
Fruits and Vegetables!More recent research broadened the study to include the entire family of carotenoids ....a family of naturally occuring fat soluble antioxidants that make up the yellow, orange, and red colors in many of our foods ... like squash, canteloupe, and strawberries.

Grapes!Flavonoids ...another family of phytonutrients from grapes, berries, lemons, grapefruits and teas were also discovered to have their own benefits.

Cruciferous phytonutrients from broccoli, radishes, and kale were also found to be potentially valuable.

We know there are over 4,000 phytonutrients in nature ... each with it's own story.

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Free Radicals ...
Most oxygen reactions in our cells produce energy. But some oxygen molecules--called free radicals react with the lipids in the cell membrane, weakening the structure of the cell and disrupting the cellís function. Each of our cells suffers over 10,000 hits per day from free radical molecules. A good diet may be your best defense against free radical oxidative stress.Picture of Cell and Antioxidant Protection!

While vitamins C and E also protect our cells from free radicals, but they can't do the entire job. The newly discovered families of phytonutrients provide more complete protection. Carotenoids effectively protect the fatty portions of the cell. Flavonoids protect the watery portions, and phytonutrients from cruciferous vegetables help prevent oxidative stress!

Health experts recommend eating 5 - 9 servings per day of certain fruits and vegetables!

Why antioxidants are good for you!

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