Nutritional Supplements Library
What is phytochemicals?
Phytochemicals are said to be any chemical or nutrient derived from a plant source. Photochemicals are also refer as phytonutrients. It is well-known that plant produce these chemicals to protect itself but recent research demonstrate that they can protect humans against diseases. Some of the well-known phytochemicals are lycopene in tomatoes, isoflavones in soy and flavanoids in fruits. They are not essential nutrients and are not required by the human body for sustaining life. Most foods contain phytochemicals except for some refined foods such as sugar or alcohol. Some foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, beans, fruits and herbs, contain many phytochemicals. The easiest way to get more phytochemicals is to eat more fruit (blueberries, cranberries, cherries, apple...) and vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, broccoli,...). It is recommended take daily at least 5 to 9 servings of fruits or vegetable.
What are the benefits of phytochemicals?
• It has anti-oxidant property (destroys oxygen free radicals).
• It stimulates enzymes secretion.
• Some imitate action of human hormones like estrogen.
• It may prevent the multiplication of cancer cells.
• It has antibacterial effect.
• It is very effective to boost immune system
What are the side effects of phytochemicals supplementation?
There are no side effects of phytochemicals.