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Types of Phytochemicals and their Effects on the Human Body

Phytochemicals are, as the name suggests, all chemicals found in plants. There are many different ways to categorize thousands of phytochemicals we know today. Nutritionists tend to categorize them by their possible health effects in the human body. For instance, certain phytochemicals act as antioxidants and are simply called “antioxidants” rather than by their specific chemical name. Similarly, some phytochemicals act as phytoestrogens, affecting metabolism of the female sex hormone estrogen in the human body […]

Phytochemicals and their Potential Health Benefits

The term phytochemicals (phyto = plant) refers to a specific category of non-nutrient substances in plant foods that are associated with positive health effects. Phytochemicals are produced by plants for their own protection and are not necessary for the human body to function. Thus, no recommended daily allowances exist for these substances. Despite that phytochemicals are often associated with a wide variety of health benefits. Phytochemicals are present in almost all fruits and vegetables as […]

Natural Phytochemicals in Fight against Cancer

A few decades ago, scientists in cancer research began focusing their attention on a group of non-nutritive plant chemicals called phytochemicals. Plants produce phytochemicals to protect themselves from bugs in the fields or against too much sun and to prevent diseases. Research shows that these common natural substances could also be used to protect humans against serious diseases such as cancer or heart disease. Whether phytochemicals are the key to controlling human diseases such as […]

Beneforté – a Super Healthy Broccoli Bred

Whether you like it or not, based on recent research broccoli has gained a superfood status. It is questionable whether any single food deserves that rather pointless compliment, which is just a made-up marketing slogan, as after all, it is whole diets and whole lifestyles that ultimately influence our health, not any single food. But could you imagine there was a specially enhanced type of broccoli that had been bred to have all the benefits […]

Tips for Healthy Eating without Dieting

The dawning of the New Year sees millions of us setting bold New Year’s resolutions. Nearly all of us will set some sort of ambitious goal, yet despite the plain fact that nine out of ten will fail. Painfully familiar will be the long-lasting favourites of getting fitter, losing weight, and adopting healthier lifestyle habits. If you are serious about these New Year’s resolutions, then do yourself a favour and forget about quick fix diets, […]