Educating in the Use of Phytonutrients for Health
Phytotherapy is a modern day term for Herbal Medicine and a “phytonutrient” also termed “phytochemical” (phyto means plant) is a naturally occurring substance in plants.
You would be familiar with the major nutrients found in food, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Well there are also other nutrients that are bioactive food components and these are known as phytonutrients. These plant nutrients have specific biological activity that support human health. Daily intake of phytochemicals from meals can promote many health benefits and are more affordable than supplements.
The beneficial effect of phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables is enhanced by synergy. This is the effect based on the combination of several components
from whole foods, each of them present in low concentration but offering a combined activity which comes when eating a variety of foods both raw and cooked in the diet.
The dietary intake of many phytochemicals promotes health benefits and protects against chronic degenerative disorders, such as cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation and infections. It is well-known that phytonutrients either in combination or taken alone have significant potential in curing various disorders.
Professional Registered Herbalist with ATMS #9714