Why Colour Foods Matter – how phytonutrients Supplements HELPS.
During this time, the pandemic has exposed our vulnerability. Families are faced with a shortage of healthy foods that we can put on our table. In these circumstances, we are left with few choices, a full complement of fruits and vegetables may not be readily available. We replace a plant-based diet with phytonutrient supplements to maintain our health.
In an article, published in the Archives of Medicine, Dr. K Poe, (Alternative Medicine/Holistic Health) states, “A significant amount of research has been conducted on the correlation between a healthy diet and lifestyle, and significant reductions in diseases and their comorbidities. Also, there is now focus being placed on the potential benefits of phytonutrients and a more plant-based food diet, and their contributions to health promotion and disease prevention”
The potential health effects and benefits of individual phytochemicals are linked to information on the health effects of plant-based foods that contain those phytochemicals.
The American Cancer Society, Guidelines on Nutrition recommends – Reducing the Risk of Cancer with Healthy Food Choices. “Vegetables and fruits also contain specific phytochemicals, such as carotenoids, flavonoids, terpenes, sterols, indoles, and phenols that show benefit against certain cancers in experimental studies.”
Why Eating colorful foods matter?
If you on a Vegan Diet, you may not require supplements. However, color foods are not only for vegans and decoration. Color appeals to our visual senses look good and are good for our growth and development, health, and well-being. If it’s appealing to visual census it’s more likely that we willing to eat it. However this is not true for everyone, therefore phytonutrient supplements may be the answer.
What are phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients are a group of compounds that occur naturally in all fruit and vegetables. These chemicals produced by plants are also called phytochemicals.
What do phytonutrients do for your body?
Foods containing phytonutrients have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Phytonutrients are important and each has a different role and together they keep you healthy.
What are the other benefits of phytonutrients to the body?
– it is believed that they protect against cancers (skin cancer, lung cancer, heart disease cancer), heart disease, arthritis, and hypertension
– they may also have anti-aging benefits
There is evidence of reduced risk factors in people who have a diet of plant-based meals and salads, rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables have a lower incidence of cancer and reduces the risk of heart disease.
It reduces Oxidative stress, which occurs due to an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. Free radicals help protect against infections by fighting off pathogens. Have enough antioxidants in your diet.
Adrenal fatigue (theory suggests that prolonged exposure to chronic stress could drain the adrenals leading to a low cortisol state), inflammation is often linked as a common characteristic to Adrenal Fatigue, it is suggested to have a solid anti-inflammatory eating plan to reduce inflammation.
Phytonutrient supplement benefits?
For those of us who have extremely busy schedules or just not big on plant-based foods, fruit or vegetables, and I know a few. Taking dietary supplements daily may be a solution. They come in various forms, capsules, powders, tablets, and liquids.
There are no daily recommended amounts of phytonutrients that you should take. Vitamins and minerals have specific nutritional consumption guidelines.
Advantages of Supplementation
- Easy way to take in phytonutrients in combination with vitamins and other recommended minerals.
- You control consumption without changing your diet.
- Can check the purity content of the products by checking the brand authenticity and documentation.
- They are natural products and have no side effects.
- They are also comparatively cheap and may reduce health care costs.
Disadvantages of Supplementation
- No recommended daily requirement.
- You may have an unhealthy lifestyle, that requires diet adjustments and exercise routines recommended by your doctor.
- You may intentionally avoid eating fruits and vegetables
- Not well regulated, ingredients and dosages vary by supplier
- The purity content of the products may be an issue because of unscrupulous suppliers
The American Chemical Society. – states “Those phytochemicals — natural plant-based compounds that give fruits and vegetables a reputation as healthy food — could be unhealthy if consumed in high doses in dietary supplements, teas, or other preparations, scientists in New Jersey have concluded after a review of studies on the topic.” as reported in Sciencedaily.com
Color foods are Good for your Health.
What color food is best for you?
There is no specific color that is important. The benefit is derived by eating a variety of colors. It is recommended to eat a combination of something green, yellow, red, and orange in your diet each day.
Source of Phytonutrients
|Green foods||chlorophyll and magnesium||Vital for nerves, muscles, and balancing hormones|
|Red foods||Carotenoid – Beta-carotene, Lycopene(in tomatoes)||Antioxidants keep you aging prematurely (looking young) and healthy|
Yellow peppers and sweet corn source of carotenoids and antioxidants.
Mustard and Tumeric contain curcumin pigment.
|Protection against cancers and reduce inflammation|
Carotenoid – Beta-carotene
source of strong antioxidants
Vitamin C (Oranges)
|Blue and Purple foods||Flavanoids – anthocyanidins||
source of strong antioxidants
Helps fight cardiovascular disease.
Supports Immunity and balances hormones.
Lower High Blood and cholesterol. Fights cancer and reduces the risk of heart attack