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1. Of or relating to phytochemistry.
2. Of or relating to phytochemicals.
A nonnutritive bioactive plant substance, such as a flavonoid or carotenoid, considered to have a beneficial effect on human health. Also called phytonutrient.

phy′to·chem′i·cal·ly adv.


the active chemical components, or constituents, present in a plant that account for its medicinal properties.


A chemical of plant origin, such as sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables, alicin from garlic and onions, limonene from citrus fruits, isoflavones from beans, and ellagic acid from grapes. Phytochemicals may be useful for certain diseases (e.g., in chemoprevention of malignancy), immune stimulation, etc.


A biologically active but nonnutrient substance found in plants; includes antioxidants and phytosterols.
Synonym(s): bioactive nonnutrient, phytoprotectant.


a compound found in plants or plant-derived products.

Phyto-, as in phytochemical, phytomedicinal, and phytotherapy

Meaning, or pertaining to, a plant or plants.
Mentioned in: Herbalism, Western

phytochemical (fīˈ·tō·keˑ·m·kl),

n medicinally active chemical constituents derived from plants.
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Mint is known to contain a phyto-nutrient called perillyl alcohol, which has been shown in studies on animals to prevent the formation of colon, skin and lung cancer.
He knew nothing about phyto-nutrients but started sourcing the hops and grains that would have been available at the time and the methods they used to make the beer.
With more than 100 scientists working full time conducting ongoing research both in India and Untied States, Sabinsa continues to develop and patent phyto-nutrients and cosmeceuticals for the world market.
Still, experts insist that high-fiber foods are linked to prevention, whether it's courtesy of their fiber or of the phyto-nutrients they contain.
Leiner's Phyto-Nutrients, marketed under the company's Your Life label, are manufactured from specially bred vegetables rich in phytochemicals.
The exclusive harvesting extraction process allows us to combine the benefits of phyto-nutrients with a natural and balanced composition of sea minerals.
Formulated with a proprietary blend of antioxidant vitamins, phyto-nutrients, botanicals and fruit extracts to help fight the signs of aging by nourishing your skin from within, Glowelle works synergistically with current beauty regimens to enhance skin's appearance.
Plus they are loaded with other health-enhancing nutrients and phyto-nutrients.
They include free literature dealing with using herbal products, homeopathic medicines and phyto-nutrients properly.
Leading food researchers have confirmed that cherries are rich in Phyto-Nutrients and powerful antioxidants including natural anti-inflammatories, pain relievers and sleep regulators.
It may only be a marker for other active substances in tomatoes or it may work together with other phyto-nutrients to confer health benefits.
Leiner Health Products, which has played a dominant role in the dietary supplements market with its Your Life brand as well as its private label operations, recently launched Your Life Phyto-Nutrients, a collection of tablets made from fresh vegetables to include standardized amounts of specific phytochemicals, compounds found in all fruits and vegetables that provide protection against such conditions as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, hypertension, and various degenerative ailments.