Are Phytonutrients The Secret To Longevity?

Wednesday, November 02, 2016. Author Paul Rose

We’re all familiar with the recommendation to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day, to help strengthen our immune systems and improve overall wellbeing. This may be common knowledge, but recent studies have shown that the number of us who are eating this small portion of fruit and veg is at an all time low [1].

It’s not just a case of eating too few, but also the concern that we have very little variety in the types of fruits and vegetables we are consuming each day, with the healthiest fruits – brightly coloured berries, and the healthiest vegetables – dark green cruciferous vegetables, being left out of our diet almost completely.

Fruits and vegetables are very nutrient dense with vitamins and minerals that we know are essential for proper health and keeping our bodies functioning. However, an often overlooked aspect of these food groups are phytonutrients.

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