Phytonutrients include a wide variety of colorful fruits
and vegetables, with different colors serving different
The word translates to "nutrient from a plant"
from the Greek word phyton for "plant."
It's important to eat a variety of different colors.
You may be familiar with the terms carotenoids, flavonoids,
and isoflavones. These are the categories of these nutrients,
but perhaps you did not know just how important they can be
to your skin. If you are already in the habit of eating a
healthy color combination, then you've got a head start on the benefits.
Some healthy color combinations are yellow-orange,
such as cantaloupe, papaya, mango, pumpkin, peach,
nectarine, apricot, carrot, orange, and tangerine,
to name just a few. Greens, such as green leafy
vegetables, including a variety of lettuce, kale, brussel sprouts,
spinach; and other greens, such as peas, peppers, broccoli,
asparagus, zucchini, and cucumber.
Pink grapefruit and watermelon supply us with pink, while tomatoes, red peppers,
cherries, raspberries, and strawberries, for instance, offer red and deep reds.
Grapes, plums, and wine-colored or purple berries help to fill out
the spectrum. But, let's not
forget white, which is not truly considered a "color," but is still
important in the phytonutrient round-up, such as garlic, cauliflower,
and onions. Also, nuts and seeds contribute to
providing these important nutrients.
Briefly, phytonutrients can help protect the body,
assisting in the repair of cells through providing stimulation
of protective enzymes, or those that can rebuild damaged cells.
This goes a long way in regard to skin, as it is one organ that meets
the elements "head on," including ultraviolet rays,
which can not only cause sunburn, but "photoaging"
of the skin, in other words, damage to overall skin quality
over time. Foods rich in these nutrients also benefit our eyes,
with lutein, a carotenoid, being present amongst them. With skin
and eyes being very important to our general health, it makes
sense to seek out these nutrients.
Flavonoids are considered to be potent antioxidants; quercetin, found in
onions and apples, for instance, is an important one; rutin and hesperidin
are citrus flavonoids, and are very beneficial.
Beyond eating a variety of these foods, it is also important
to "eat the real thing" and do not rely solely on
supplements for these important nutrients. Further, there
are some substances, such as in berries, that are particularly
valuable for their antioxidant properties.
Berries are rich in anthocyanins, which are the pigments
that give flowers their colors of red, pink, blue, and purple,
or vegetables their color, such as red in tomatoes or orange
in carrots. The word anthcyanin comes from the Greek word
flower (anthos) and blue (kyanos) and the colors appear red,
purple, or blue, according to the pH. They occur in the
tissues of many plants. Growing your own berry patch can
is a great way to harvest your own berry crop! And, you
can make tea with the leaves!
For instance, some plants rich with anthocyanins
are blueberries, cranberries, cherries, bilberry, blackberries,
chokeberries, palm berry (acai ... Acai pronounced ah-SAH-ee),
Concord grapes, red cabbage and naturally ripened olives.
These fruits are all high in antioxidants. Making sure your
diet includes some of these nutrient-rich berries helps your
skin to keep its healthy, vital glow and your eyes their sparkle.
Nutritional info by SkipThePie.org
Also see the following reference for further information ...
Enzymes for Digestion
Edible Fruit Bouquet
Anthocyanins and Human Health: An In Vitro Investigative Approach
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