Phytonutrients, bioflavonoid and antioxidants should be consumed regularly because they are health-healing and prevent illnesses!
It has been said that you should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables not only because they are full of vitamins, fiber and minerals but because they also contains phytonutrients, bioflavonoid and antioxidants. These are some of the great compounds which play an important role in being healthy, as well as preventing and healing illnesses! Here is a quick post about these little choices that help transform your health!
There is so much talk about the phytonutrients lately due to which a number of people have been asking me about the importance of the phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are actually certain compounds which are found in plants and are of great benefit to the overall health. These are specifically beneficial as they protect from cancer. Besides providing protection these are a rich source of minerals and nutrients essential for the healthy growth of the body and it’s cells. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, teas and legumes are said to be rich sources of phytonutrients.
Bioflavonoids (also known as Vitamin P) are water soluble plant pigments which are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-viral, anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. If bioflavonoids are combined with Vitamin C, they would both have stronger effects. Bioflavonoids help improve the digestive system as well as stimulate the production of bile, which is good for removing toxins out of the body. Besides these wonderful benefits, they also help in the prevention of cataracts as well as improves the health of collagen and slows down the process of aging. Bioflavonoids are found with the combination of Vitamin C in onions, elder flowers, citrus fruits such as oranges and pomelo.
Antioxidants are very essential for our body to help counter-act with free radicals. In our daily life we are exposed to plenty of free radicals, harmful toxins and antioxidants help to remove them and prevent us from various diseases.
You will be happy to know that antioxidants are found in almost everything we eat. The more healthy your diet is, the more antioxidants you will consume each day. Some good sources of antioxidants are selenium found in meat, fish, eggs, garlic and grains, lycopene; found in grapefruit, watermelon and tomatoes, Vitamin C; found in almost all the fruits particularly citrus fruits.
So it can rightly be said that phytonutrients, bioflavonoid and antioxidants have plenty of benefits for the health of internal body parts such as liver, kidney an as an added bonus – they help your skin feel fresh and look healthy.