Now, I know after reading that headline you are asking, “What are Phytonutrients?" They are the plant nutrients that emerge in fruits and vegetables in the LAST stages of the vine ripening process. Unfortunately our modern day farming practices lack anything that is vine rippened. Otherwise our food would look and smell like food!
Phytosteros trigger your Defense system. They defend against all of the toxins in our environment and foods, and even defend against cancer!
Most of us buy our veggies and fruits from the grocery store. Our produce has been picked early BEFORE the precious nutrients have entered the veggie or fruit, gassed for artificial ripening and then sent to our local market. Most have little taste or smell. THEY DO NOT have the phytonutrients that are the fuel for our system.
PHYTONUTRIENTS: Nature's protectors.
Phytonutrients have protective phytochemicals and antioxidants that defend the body on the genetic, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Phytochemicals are natural protective nutrients found in plants that play an important role in balancing the body's host defense system. They remain in the roots of plants and trees until the fruit or vegetable is completely ripened and ready to reproduce. Then the phytochemicals flood up into the fragile fruit or vegetable to protect it against the harsh environment. When we eat fruits or vegetables that are allowed to ripen on the vine to this stage, the phytochemicals work to protect our bodies against toxins and diseases, prevent or destroy tumors, aid in the repair of the body; and the antioxidants protect against aging by neutralizing oxidative stress (the internal rusting of the body).
According to the National Cancer Institute, people who eat large quantities of fruits and vegetables found in flash dried supplements have reduced cancer risks. Also, the cruciferous vegetables found in these have been proven to have significant protective effects against heart disease. Buyer beware though where you purchase your supplements.
The Dept. of Agriculture has stated we need 8-12 servings of FRESH fruits and vegetables daily.
""Natural Substances In Fruits and Vegetables May Prevent Prostate Cancer"
By Hong Mautz March 26 (CBS HealthWatch)?
A natural substance found in some fruits, vegetables, tea, and red wine may offer additional treatment options in prostate cancer, according to new research presented on March 26 at the 92nd annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Scientific evidence has shown that the male hormone, androgen, is responsible for the development and growth of prostate cancer. Currently, the hormone therapy for prostate cancer is focused on reducing the androgen levels or blocking the interaction between androgen and androgen receptors but without affecting androgen receptor levels. Researchers say that androgen actions are controlled by androgen receptors, which can turn on some important genes that affect the biology of the prostate.
In this laboratory study, researchers found the natural substance called quercetin, an abundant, naturally occurring flavinoid compound found in onions, apples, black and green tea, beans, dark green vegetables and citrus fruits, provided the protective effect against prostate cancer by inhibiting the expression and function of the androgen receptors. “This is a new approach, " says lead researcher of the study, Nianzeng Xing, MD, PhD, a research fellow at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Quercetin can inhibit the expression and function of the androgen receptor in human prostate cancer cells, indicating this natural substance has the potential to become an agent for prostate cancer prevention or treatment. " The androgen receptor is very important in both the hormone- dependent prostate cancer and the hormone-independent prostate cancer. Quercetin can inhibit the expression of androgen receptor, and as a result, it can also inhibit the expression of androgen-regulated genes, such as prostate specific androgen (PSA), a well- defined, clinically used prostate cancer marker.
Researchers say that androgen deprivation or suppression therapy by surgery, or medication to remove or reduce the androgens is the cornerstone of current treatment for advanced prostate cancer. “Quercetin can inhibit the expression of androgen receptor and reduce the PSA level significantly, " says Xing. “Due to this effect, it may be useful for prostate cancer treatment.
Melanie Polk, RD, director of nutrition education at the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, DC, says that although studies on quercetin are early-stage science, more and more evidence points to the beneficial effect of this natural substance in cancer prevention. “Quercetin is a protective phytochemical [phytonutrients], or substance in plant- based foods, " says Polk. “This adds to the arsenal of protective substances when we eat a large variety of vegetables and fruits. " Other studies have shown quercetin's protective effect in prostate cancer, says Polk.
Although this study adds to the massive research in the area, more research is needed to reach a conclusion on quercetin's protective effect on prostate cancer. “As we see more studies, scientists will learn more about this protective substance. "
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As a Lifestyle Coach I have seen first hand the effects of phytosterols combined with glyconutrient technology that has allowed many patients and clients to ween themselves off of anti-depressants, anxiety medication, pain medication, as well as numerous cancer clients reporting significant improvements in lab results and feeling better. You mean depression, anxiety, cancer, and other serious problems are not caused by a deficiency in drugs? Say it ain't so Doc!
By Dr. Thomas L. Taliaferro
Dr. Tom has trained thousands in lifestyle improvements over the course of 9 years. As a Lifestyle Adjusting Coach Dr. Tom takes what you bring him and helps you to see the potential of your health and wealth. Dr. Tom can be contacted at http://www.adjustinglifestyles.com or 1-800-793-0299, extension 14966.