This Article is About
omega 3 oils
beta carotene
whole grains
sesame seeds
genetic activity
mediterranean diet
cholesterol levels
fruit and vegetables
Phytochemicals And Where To Find Them
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Phytochemicals

Carotenoids

More than 600 of these have been identified so far. They are the bright yellow, orange and red pigments in carrot, apricots, tomatoes, strawberries, oranges and many other colourful foods including the dark green leafy ones, where the green chlorophyll masks the yellow colour. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants and also stimulates the immune system and help prevent cancer by regulating genetic activity. Beta-carotene is the best known because it is the best precursor of vitamin A.

Onions contain a variety of phytochemicals. They owe their pungent flavours to sulpur containing compounds that help to prevent cancer by stimulating DNA repair. They also contain quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-bacteria, anti-viral and anti-allergic properties.

Garlic, with its bouquet of phytochemicals, helps reduce cholesterol levels, improves blood flow, boosts the immune system and reduces cancer risk. Allicin, the substance that gives garlic its pungent taste and smell, has powerful antibiotic properties too.

Oranges are loaded with phytochemicals. Nearly two hundred have been studied so far. To protect against cancer, there are 60 flavonoids and 40 liminoids blus the limonene that gives the distinctive tangy taste to the peel. There are also 20 carotenoids to stimulate the immune system and protect against ageing.

Whole grains are also associated with reduced cancer risk, partly thanks to their phytochemical content, 90% which is in the bran and germ and is therefore missing from white flour.

Red grape skin and other red fruit and vegetables contain resveratrol, another protective substance which has a special action against oestrogen-dependant and other cancers and against heart disease. Many think this is an important factor in the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Flaxseeds and sesame seeds are rich in lignans, which also act against oestrogen and help to prevent breast and prostate cancer. They are also rich in Omega 3 oils.

Rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano and other kitchen herbs owe their flavors to terpenoids which are strong antioxidants and also inhibit cholesterol production and have cancer-preventing properties.

Tomatoes contain the health giving red pigment lycopene that has been particularly associated with lowering prostate cancer risk. Interestingly, it is even more available from cooked tomatoes than from raw ones and its more easily absorbed if there is oil present, preferably olive oil, which contributes its own phenolic phytochemicals to the war on heart disease and cancer. Lycopene is also present in strawberries and many other red fruits and berries.

Phytochemicals are often concentrated in the outer parts of plants like the bran of wheat and the skin of apples which is another reason for eating foods in whole and natural taste. This does not mean eating everything raw. The full complement of phytochemicals may not be released until the cell walls are broken down by cooking, blending or chewing extremely well.

To maximize your intake of phytochemicals, from day to day eat a wide variety of different coloured plant foods, in as simple, whole and natural a state as possible; some like grains always cooked, vegetable, some cooked and some raw.

The World Cancer Research Fund include tomatoes, pepper, onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, pumpkinseeds, strawberries, mangos, kiwi fruit, oranges, Brazil nuts and whole wheat bread in their list of important anti-cancer foods.


Street Talk

Hi Martha, You could help more people if put up a profile and put images on your articles.

Reply
  about 9 years ago
You May Also Like
Daily Vitamins For Women To Prevent Fatigue, Depression And Anxiety
Daily vitamins for women are important. Women get exhausted in many ways. Many work and raise a family, with or without help. Many women are work at home moms, getting business done while kids are at school, then again working to get the kids through homework, other activities, and on…
By: DianneB in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 04, 2011  
2
  Likes: 3

A Natural Cholesterol Supplement
Cholesterol is generally considered to be a pretty bad thing, as many of us have blood tests taken and are told our cholesterol is high. There are LDL levels (the bad stuff) and HDL levels (the good stuff). Statin drugs have long been recommended to bring these levels down, and…
By: DianneB in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Sep 01, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Anti Aging Food That Slow Down Aging Process
Food plays a very vital role in slowing down aging process and this could be by eating a balanced diet. Taking balanced diets can make us live longer and healthier. By eating the right food, your cells are fed with the balanced diet taken by you and this makes you…
By: ebi2 in  Health and Fitness  >  Anti Aging   Feb 02, 2012  
0
  Likes: 3

Top 10 Foods to Build Muscle
With so many different types of food available to you in stores, it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the top foods to help build muscle. This is why I've came up with a list of the best choices to make when learning how to pack on lean…
By: TerrellJohnson  in  Health and Fitness  >  Build Muscle   Sep 26, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Using Dietary Supplements for Men's Health Problems
We all love a short cut. We want to find the shortest distance form point A to point B. But the bad news is that a short cut is not always the best way. One time I was going to visit a friend and I had only been to the…
By: Greatuncledad in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Sep 03, 2012  
5
  Likes: 2

The Best Anti Aging Products For Wise And Healthy Aging
The best anti aging products would have to address the issue of inflammation, and how to decrease inflammatory responses in the body. Wise and healthy aging would involve what you put in your body, on your body, and what you expose your body too. Inflammation is a healing process that…
By: DianneB in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 26, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Consuming Foods That Reduce Cholesterol Naturally
With so many people focusing on their health these days, it is only natural to be on the lookout for foods that will help maintain optimal health. When it comes to cholesterol, having high levels of bad cholesterol can make for major health concerns down the road. If you are…
By: Rehana Arain in  Health and Fitness  >  Alternative   Jun 27, 2013  
2
  Likes: 0

Vitamin A And Beta - carotene
Vitamin A and Beta-carotene Vitamin A occurs only in animals. Plant foods contain beta-carotene, the vitamin A precursor, which, when eaten is converted to vitamin A. Beta carotene is a bright orange pigment, first isolated from carrots, hence its name. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A as it is needed.…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 07, 2012  
1
  Likes: 0

Rosehip Oil And Acne Scars - The Wonder Oil Of South America
Rosehip oil is a South American essential oil that's made from crushing the seeds of the Rose. It's been used for many many years there in order to help fade scars and improve the quality of people's skin. If you're looking to fade your acne scars then I don't think…
By: Emilia Holloran in  Health and Fitness  >  Skin Care   Feb 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Apple Cider Vinegar - The Worlds Best Home Remedy?
Hi there, Some of my friends think I'm a little weird, or a lot weird, because I put apple cider vinegar (ACV) into my drinking-water bottle. Why would I possibly want to drink vinegar, they think to themselves, but they are the ones missing out. I'm in on the secret.…
By: Layne McGarrett in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 31, 2011  
1
  Likes: 2

Antioxidants And How They Work
To understand antioxidants and how they work we first need to understand what they are and what they do. In a nutshell, antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and enzymes which counteract what is known as oxidation which, although a normal process, damages tissue, cells and proteins. Antioxidants are thought to help…
By: George Howard in  Health and Fitness  >  Supplements   Jul 03, 2011  
2
  Likes: 4

Healthiest Veggies - Lose Baby Weight By Adding These Into Your Diet
After having a baby, many new moms worry about getting their pre-pregnancy bodies back. They may also wonder what is healthy to eat and what isn't, but we all know that vegetables are definitely healthy for you! Although all vegetables are healthy, and there are really no right or wrong…
By: Kristin L. in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Oct 17, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Daily Vitamin C Can Improve Your Life and Looks
Daily vitamin C is important to overall good health, particularly the strengthening of our immune systems and the condition of our skin. Most animals can produce their own vitamin C each day but for some reason humans, apes and guinea pigs have lost this ability and we have to get…
By: Tonette Kelly in  Health and Fitness  >  Anti Aging   May 05, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Keep Your Dog Healthy With All Natural Dog Food!
Our dogs are members of our family, and we should be paying attention to the type of foods we give them. With new brands of dog food coming onto the market, we should take the time to look at some of the all natural dog food which are now available.…
By: Johnnie Thistlema in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 11, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Free Range Chickens, Free Range Eggs And Omega 3
Many of us have heard about free-range eggs and the benefits of Omega 3. We know it all sounds good and healthy, but when we actually go to buy our eggs we then settle for the standard cage eggs as they are usually cheaper. Well, just to clarify, there is…
By: Martin Michael in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   Dec 11, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1573    Report this Article