The 5 most important phytonutrients
… the human body is not able to produce phytonutrients itself – is not really a concern either – because we do not need phytonutrients to survive. BUT: there’s nothing wrong with having them – especially when it comes to antioxidants.
Here are the top 5 phytonutrients – what foods they are found in and why they are good for us:
Carotenoids are responsible for the bright orange color of carrots and apricots – the best-known carotenoid is beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A by the body. Carotenoids have an antioxidant effect and thereby protect the body from free radicals – as a result they are good for skin and hair.
Flavonoids color foods such as cherries, plums or grapes from yellow to red to purple . But aubergines, cocoa and red wine are also rich in this secondary plant substance. Flavonoids have an antioxidant effect and protect the body from free radicals.
Resveratrol is mainly found in grapes (especially in the grape skin), peanuts or mulberries . Resveratrol is also one of the antioxidants and is referred to as an anti-aging miracle weapon. Experts do not yet agree on the effect.
Glucosinolates are mainly found in cabbage: cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage or broccoli . Glucosinolates are sulphur-containing molecules that give these vegetables their unique taste. These secondary plant substances have an antibacterial and antiviral effect.
Raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranates and walnuts are real ellagic acid bombs. Ellagic acid is extremely heat resistant. These phytonutrients are also antioxidants. But they can also help with weight loss. Because ellagic acid slows down the growth of fat cells.