Phytochemicals are important too
Phytochemicals also know as phytonutrients are derived from plant sources. They have many functions in the body. They promote the function of the immune system, act directly against bacteria viruses, reduce inflammation. They are also associated with the treatment and prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other things that negatively affect the health or well being of an individual.
Families of Phytochemicals and where they’re found
Flavonoids- berry, herbs, vegetables
Isoflavones or (phytoestrogens)- barley, flaxseed, soy
Organsulfur compounds- chives, garlic
Saponins- beans, grains
Capsaicin- hot peppers
Isothiocyanates- cruciferous vegetables
Monoterpenes- citrus peels
Sterols- vegetable oils
Food Processing affects on them
Phytochemicals are thought to be destroyed or removed by food processing and cooking. Therefore there are fewer phytochemicals in our foods today and it is a reason for many conditions of cardiovascular problems and cancers and such today.
Ok, so today we should try to include phytochemicals in our lifestyle, which would be easier through a vegan lifestyle- i.e. plant sources. With our knowledge of the importance and what they are and can be found we have no excuses now.
Until tomorrow when we dwelve further into vegan lifestyle for people and dog. Have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day!