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Phyto-Fighters

Phyto-Fighters - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombePhytonutrients is an umbrella term to explain plant nutrients or plant chemicals (phyto meaning plant). These amazing nutrients appear to provide or assist with three significant functions in the body –

1. Hormone level regulation.

2. Toxin elimination.

3. Free-radical killer (build up of free-radicals can lead to cancer).

Here are two key phytonutrient groups which I think it’s worth knowing about.

Flavonoids

This group includes anthocyanins, catechins, ellagic acid, flavonols, isoflavones, resveratrol and quercetin. These antioxidants protect the heart against heart disease, help protect the eyes and lower harmful estrogen levels. Good food sources for these are tea, red wine, citrus fruits and of course my favourite, dark chocolate.

Carotenoids

These are known as plant pigments and give the plants their colours. Common carotenoids include alpha carotene, beta carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin and lutin. They are all strong antioxidants and help improve the immune system, protect skin from UV radiation damage and help facilitate cell-to-cell communication for neutralizing free-radicals. Foods like tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers and spinach have high levels of these phytonutrients.