Phytonutrients: Powerful Medicine From Plants


What Are Phytonutrients?

Did you know that fruits and vegetables contain powerful nutrients – called phytonutrients- that can help ward off chronic disease?

It’s true. But phytonutrients do more than that.

In fact, these miniscule compounds influence our hormones, can impact weight loss and even impact the way our genes work.

Learn more about the array of phytonutrients found in plant foods and how they impact your health here.


Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound found in red wine, grapes, purple grape juice, peanuts and berries of the Vaccinum species including blueberries, bilberries and cranberries. In test tube studies, resveratrol has been found to scavenge free radicals and halt the oxidation of low density lipoprotein—a risk factor in heart disease.  Researchers speculate that resveratrol may help to explain … [Read more...]


L-ergothioneine is a powerful antioxidant phytonutrient found in highest concentration in mushrooms. Studies show that shiitake, oyster, king oyster and maitake mushrooms contain the highest amounts of ergothioneine, with up to 13 mg in a 3-ounce serving. Portabellas and criminis come in next, followed by white buttons which contain up to 5 mg per three ounce serving (which is 12 times as much … [Read more...]


Sulforaphane is a phytonutrient that is formed from the breakdown product of a glucosinolate called glucoraphanin. Primarily found in cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, arugula, kohlrabi, mustard greens, turnips, radish and watercress), research shows that young broccoli sprouts and young cauliflower sprouts are … [Read more...]


When it comes to anti-aging and disease-proofing your life, fighting free-radicals (aka - oxidation) is an important job. But what might surprise you is that you get more free-radical protection from the antioxidants manufactured INSIDE your body than you do from your food. It’s true! Endogenous antioxidants (meaning “antioxidants produced or synthesized within the organism”) are … [Read more...]


Flavonoids are molecular compounds found only in plants which serve as a defense mechanism. They make the plant tissue unappetizing to fungi, insects, and other pests. . While every plant makes flavonoids, they tend to be concentrated in the leaves and fruit. For that reason, fruits tend to be a richer source of flavonoids than many vegetables. In 2007, research conducted at the Linus … [Read more...]


Lycopene is a red pigment and a strong antioxidant belonging to the carotenoid family of phytonutrients. As one of the most widely researched nutrients, lycopene has been found to provide powerful protection against cancers-especially prostate cancer and lung cancer. Lycopene may also play a role in preventing heart disease by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. HEALING TIP: … [Read more...]


Ajoene is a phytonutrient derived from the Spanish word "ajo", meaning garlic. It is a disulfide which is formed from the bonding of three allicin molecules. Researchers have recently found ajoene has many health-promoting properties. It functions as an antioxidant, by inhibiting the release of superoxide. Ajoene also has antithrombotic (anti-clotting) properties, which helps prevent … [Read more...]

Ellagic Acid

Ellagic acid is a polyphenol antioxidant found in numerous fruits and vegetables including raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, walnuts, pecans, pomegranates and other plant foods. Research in cell cultures and lab studies shows this powerful phytonutrient disarms carcinogens before they can make healthy cells cancerous. It has also been found to cause apoptosis (cell suicide) in cancer … [Read more...]


Glutathione is a cellular antioxidant and detoxifying system that includes: reduced glutathione (GSH), glutathione reductase (GSR), glutathione S-transferase (GST), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px). It is considered by many experts to be the most important molecule for longevity and disease prevention. And despite the fact that there are 90,000 medical articles about it - your doctor … [Read more...]


Curcumin is a yellow phytonutrient found in turmeric. Research shows this golden-hued compound has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and may provide protection against several cancers. As an antioxidant, curcumin scavenges free radicals and helps to prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-a key factor in the development of heart disease. Curcumin is currently being … [Read more...]

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