20 Most Valuable Phytochemicals

20 Most Valuable Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are substances that protect the human body against environmental threats. They provide color, texture, and flavor to plant food and they protect the plant from microorganism and insects.  The help protect the cardiovascular system and other health threats. I have listed twenty of the most known found in fruits and vegetables with the foods you would need to eat in order to absorb them in your body.

  1. Allyl sulfides- garlic, onion, leeks, chives

  2. Carotenoids-yellow-orange vegetables and fruits; green, leafy vegetables; red fruits

  3. Coumarins-celery, parsnips, figs parsley

  4. Dithiolethiones-cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale collards

  5. Ellagic acid-grapes, strawberries, raspberries, nuts

  6. Flavonoids- most fruits and vegetables

  7. Indoles/ isothiocyanates- broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, radish

  8. Isoflavones- soybeans, tofu

  9. Gluconates- citrus fruits, grains tomatoes, bell peppers

  10. Lignans-flaxseed, flaxseed oil, soybeans

  11. Limonoids-citrus fruits

  12. Phthalides/polyacetylenes- celery, caraway

  13. Phenolic acids- berries grapes whole grains, nuts

  14. Phytates-grains legumes

  15. Phytosterols- seeds, legumes

  16. Saponins-beans, herbs

  17. Terpenes- Cherries, citrus fruits, herbs

  18. Tocotrienols-seeds, nuts

Add them to your smoothie. Micronizing nutrients allows the body to absorbs nutrients much faster.