Phytomins for Good Health
Heather Little-White, PhD
Staying healthy requires adopting an approach that will ensure that what you eat will contribute to the total good of your body. It is the age when you can pop a pill to boost your health through nutrients provided in an easy-to-swallow form. While pills are convenient, it is better to get your phytomins from whole foods through a diet rich in grains, peas, beans, ground provisions, fruits and vegetables.
In addition to minerals and vitamins, phytomins in whole foods are highly powerful in reducing the risk of diabetes, cancers, hypertension, heart disease and obesity. Eating a balanced meal is encouraged as the combination of foods will tap into full power of phyto-chemicals. The richness of fruits and vegetables must also be considered as important in meal planning.
Phytochemicals are recognised for reducing the risk of cancers, arresting their development at a very early stage, reducing tumour production, enhancing protective enzymes and reducing hormone-related cancers. Grandma's advice to "eat your vegetables" is still applicable in today's nutrition.
There are a wide range of phyto-chemicals which have been linked to specific health benefits:
❑ Lung-cancer prevention is associated with the consumption of carrots and green leafy vegetables.
❑ Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower reduce the risk of colon cancer.
❑ Fruits reduce the risk of cancers of the throat, mouth, larynx and oesophagus.
❑ Lettuce and onions reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
❑ Garlic, considered a super-food, reduces the risk of at least six types of cancers.
Phytomins will co-exist in abundance in natural and whole foods, compared to supplements.
Known for lowering 'bad' cholesterol and reducing the risk of stomach and colon cancers.
Found in garlic, chives and scallion
Increases vitamin A, boosts immune system, reduces the risk of heart disease and lung cancer.
Found in carrots and seaweed.
Cures and reduces the risk of urinary-tract infection.
Found in cranberry juice, not juice drink.
Attributed to reducing the risk of lung, skin, bladder and gynaecological cancers as well as boosting the immune system.
Found in carrots, red, yellow and dark-green leafy vegetables, and pumpkin.
Known as an anti-inflammatory agent and is used for the treatment of bronchitis and colds.
Sources: chilli peppers
Slows the development of some tumours, alters the metabolism of lipids and prevents fats from oxidising and damaging cells.
Found in rosemary
A powerful phytooestrogen that may protect against breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and menopausal changes.
Source: soybean products
Helpful in reducing cancers especially in gastrointestinal tract and pancreatic cancers.
Found in citrus fruits
An antioxidant known to reduce the risk of colon and bladder cancers.
Found in tomatoes, red grapefruit, watermelon.
May reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Found in rye, wheat, rice, beans, sesame seed, peanuts.
Traps toxic chemicals and flushes them out of the body thereby reducing the risk of cancers.
Found in red grapes and red wine, strawberries, yams.
May slow the spread of cancer cells in the colon and may prevent cancer cells from spreading.
Found in kidney beans, chick-peas, soybeans, lentils.
Save the pulp!
Phytomins are disease-fighting naturally-occurring substances found in fruits and vegetables.