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Have You Had Your Phytochemicals Today?

PhytochemicalsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

If you are regularly consuming a diet of whole unprocessed foods, such as grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables, you are eating foods that contain essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. These foods also provide an abundance of health promoting, naturally occurring phytochemicals. Although phytochemicals are considered non-essential or non-nutritive, don’t let that distinction fool you. While these bioactive compounds may not be considered life sustaining, they are known to powerfully support health through their disease protective or disease preventive qualities. These naturally synthesized phytochemicals perform important tasks in plant metabolism such as growth regulation. They also provide plants with defensive strategies in response to environmental stressors such as harsh weather conditions, ultraviolet radiation, or insect infestation.

Much of early medicine relied on plants and herbs for healing, a practice still supported by modern science. It’s widely accepted that plant-based foods contain complex mixtures of beneficial synergistic compounds that are largely responsible for protective health benefits well beyond the plants’ nutritive value. The recommended dietary guidelines to include multiple daily servings of vegetables and fruits is based on population studies that suggest colorful plant foods offer a degree of protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, neurodegeneration, inflammatory conditions, and loss of functional abilities.

Eating a variety of these colorful foods helps to ensure that you are receiving an assortment of nutrients, as well as the beneficial phytochemicals responsible for the beautiful colors. Thousands of phytochemicals have been identified and there are likely many more that have yet to be discovered. It is largely accepted that the health effects attributed to the consumption of phytochemicals are primarily due to the synergistic actions of the bioactive dietary components, as well as the micronutrients.

In general, when selecting colorful foods, the darker the color, the higher the phytochemical concentration. Many phytochemicals have antioxidant effects that help protect cells from oxidative damage and reduce the risks of developing certain types of cancer. Others have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, anti-adhesion, anti-aging and neuroprotective properties. Increasing the consumption and the variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is a practical strategy for optimizing health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Green foods are rich in lutein which works synergistically with zeaxanthin to support eye health and reduce cataract and macular degeneration risks. Phytochemicals found in green foods boost the immune system, help detoxify the body, support energy and vitality and provide indoles, naturally occurring chemicals that help protect against some types of cancer.

Blue, purple and red foods produce many different phytochemicals that include anthocyanins, lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, and flavonoids. These help to fight inflammation, support eye health, boost immunity, limit cancer activity and help lower LDL cholesterol. Anthocyanins act as powerful antioxidants, and may support healthy blood pressure, help prevent unnatural clot formations, lower cancer risk and support overall healthy aging. Naturally occurring in fruit, vegetables, wine, tea and chocolate, flavonoids are effective free radical scavengers and heavy metal chelators. Flavonoids support cardiovascular and urinary tract health, healthy blood pressure, and healthy blood glucose levels.

Red foods provide lycopene and anthocyanins known for their antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. These may help protect against atherosclerosis and inhibit tumor growth, while providing support for cardiac health and overall healthy function.

Yellow and orange foods provide carotenoids that are integral for immune, skin and bone health. Carotenoid-rich foods may help reduce the risks of heart disease and lung, esophageal and stomach cancers.

While colorless, white foods contain an abundance of phytochemicals, as well as powerful nutrients that support immune health, reduce cancer and heart disease risk, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products to support good nutrition and overall health and wellness:

Green Vibrance 15...Green Vibrance by Vibrant Health®: This clinically formulated, award winning plant-based superfood is formulated to provide nutrients for peak cellular function in support of increased energy, improved circulation and strengthened digestive and immune health. This easily absorbed, nutrient dense whole foods concentrate also provides fiber, adaptogens, enzymes, prebiotics, and 12 dairy free strains of probiotic cultures. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Vitamineral Green™Vitamineral Green™ by Health Force SuperFoods™: This foundational broad-spectrum nutritionally dense superfood complex features the best of land and sea micronutrients and mineral rich organic or wildcrafted grasses, herbs, algae, and sea vegetables, as well as digestive enzymes and probiotics. Laboratory tested for botanical identity, heavy metals, microbes and pesticides. Gluten free, vegan formulation.

Natural Greens...Natural Greens Formula™ Vegetable and Fruit Superfood by BioPharma Scientific: This complete formula provides proprietary blends of phytonutrients, including fruits, vegetables, and herbal extracts along with dietary enzymes and fiber. Natural Greens supports healthy immunity, exergy production, exercise recovery, detoxification and regularity. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Super Greens BerrySuper Greens Berry by Neurobiologix: This great tasting, energizing phytonutrient blend provides certified organic whole food plant extracts in support of digestion, detoxification, immunity, repair, recovery, revitalization and longevity. This popular professional formula includes high ORAC value antioxidant vegetables, fruits, herbs and digestive enzymes. Dairy, wheat and gluten free formulation.

Organic Greens Reds...Organic Greens and Reds by Douglas Laboratories®: This concentrated all-natural blend of organic grasses, fruits, vegetables, fiber and enzymes provides overall health support with a wide assortment of colorful whole foods to help meet the daily fruit and vegetable dietary recommendations. Gluten free, Non-GMO Vegetarian formulation.

References:
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Color Me Healthy. http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/110308p34.shtml

 

Aging is Inevitable, Disease is Not

HealthyAgingMenJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

How many of us, given a choice, would choose to grow older, especially when aging is associated with chronic illness and multiple prescription medications? As time marches on regardless, a better question might be—how many of us would choose to enjoy our golden years blessed with good health and vitality? Over the past century numerous infectious diseases have been conquered, only to be replaced by noncommunicable diet-related chronic diseases. As 76 million baby boomers approach or reach retirement age, medical care is focused on the prevalence of chronic health problems. A personal history of inadequate nutrition, poor daily choices and physical inactivity can culminate in preventable lifestyle-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers.

Though we can’t turn back the clock, we can support our current and long-term health by understanding the influences of nutrition at the molecular level. Current recommended dietary guidelines for all age groups focus on nutrition for the maintenance of overall health and disease prevention. How important is a varied nutritious diet? The fact that many grocery stores have a section specifically dedicated to “health foods,” might give us a clue. Perhaps, if we begin to think of “natural food” as information that influences our genetic activity and cellular processes, we might choose to linger a bit longer in the healthy food aisles. Research has shown that diet is the key to controlling genetic susceptibility to disease, and our genes can only respond to what we give them.

Scientific research shows that although we may inherit genes from our parents and ancestors that increase our susceptibility to certain diseases, disease is not necessarily our destiny. We can replace foods that trigger our genes to induce inflammation with foods that quell inflammation, and thereby circumvent chronic disease. We can eat low-glycemic foods that minimize insulin secretion, as opposed to high-glycemic foods that stimulate insulin release and result in high blood sugar and diabetes. We can eat a high fiber diet that supports colon health, instead of a low-fiber diet that may encourage colorectal cancer progression. We can take charge of our health by changing the expression of the epigenome at any stage of life simply by making wholesome nutritional choices and incorporating a healthy lifestyle.

Perhaps it’s time to challenge the belief that disability, dysfunction, dementia and disease are normal and inevitable as we grow older. Many chronic illnesses are disorders of metabolic processes that result from our toxic environment and our nutrient depleted lifestyles. Nutritional science has shown us the complex relationship between health, the genome and life-long dietary interactions. We now know that many diseases that were once thought to be gene-related, result from nutritional deficiencies. Vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants are considered key players in genetic expression modulation. Researchers have identified active plant derived nutrients that can help to prevent cancer and protect against diseases.

We now know that the root of many diet-related chronic conditions take hold early in life. Dietary changes, such as reducing sugar, salt and unhealthy fat consumption, could have a substantial effect on reducing the burden of disease. Even more so, a meta-analysis recently published in the International Journal of Epidemiology looked at 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake. They concluded that eating 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, or about 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables, would result in a 24% reduction in heart disease risk, a 33% lowered stroke risk, a 28% lowered cardiovascular disease risk, a 13% lowered cancer risk and a 31% lowered risk of premature death.

Changes that occur naturally with aging do affect nutritional needs. Along with reduced energy requirements, lean body mass and basal metabolic rate steadily decline. While the caloric need for protein, carbohydrates and fats may be reduced, the requirements for vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients may rise. Filling our bellies with health sustaining fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and support vascular and immune health. It sure seems like a no-brainer! Aging may be inevitable, but poor health is not. If you want to maintain vitality and enjoy a longer, healthier life span, start by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and be sure you are getting sufficient amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality supplements to support overall health:

Ultra Anti-Oxidant ...Ultra Anti-Oxidant by Douglas Laboratories: This potent formula provides a wide spectrum of nutritional antioxidants, as well as synergistic nutrients that effectively participate in antioxidant defense systems. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and yeast free formulation.

 

RevitalAge Ultra ...RevitalAge™ Ultra by Pure Encapsulations: This scientifically researched, sustained-release formula provides antioxidant protection and mitochondrial support cofactors in support of healthy aging through the maintenance of youthful gene expression, mitochondrial function, and cellular energy production. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Phytoganix™Phytoganix™ by Metagenics: This highly nutritious organic red berry formula provides a convenient and delicious way to support overall good health with a diverse daily supply of phytonutrients. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Super Greens BerrySuper Greens Berry by Neurobiologix: This great tasting, high ORAC value, energizing powdered phytonutrient formula provides certified organic whole food plant extracts, plus natural vitamins, ionic trace minerals, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and symbiotic microorganisms. These ingredients support maximal energy production, healthy digestive function, and immune optimization, as well as repair, revitalization, recovery, and longevity. Gluten, wheat, soy, and dairy free formulation.

 

Power Greens Premium...Power Greens Premium Berry by NuMedica: This state-of-the-art, great tasting greens and superfoods drink mix, provides high quality energizing phytonutrients, certified organic whole foods, digestive enzymes, adaptogenic herbs, plant extracts and pre- and probiotics, along with a full complement of vitamins and minerals, in support of optimal health and longevity. Gluten, wheat, soy and milk free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Top 10 Health Concerns of Baby Boomers. https://www.scripps.org/news_items/5475-top-10-health-concerns-of-baby-boomers
Nutrition and Health Are Closely Related. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/introduction/nutrition-and-health-are-closely-related/
Feed your genes: How our genes respond to the foods we eat. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110919073845.htm
Nutrition and Gene Expression. http://www.wholehealthandnutrition.com/blog/uncategorized/nutrition-and-gene-expression-5/
Nutrition for Older Persons. http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/ageing/en/index1.html
Eating More of This Will Make You Live Longer. http://time.com/4680193/eat-fruits-vegetables-live-longer/?xid=newsletter-brief