phytochemicals


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phytochemicals

(fī-tō-kem-i-kălz),
Plant-based substances with attributes related to health (e.g., flavonoids) or disease (e.g., oxalates).
See also: functional food, designer food, nutraceutical, biochemopreventives.
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Rice bran, an outer layer of whole grain rice, is a rich source of the phytochemical known as gamma-oryzanol and of two forms of vitamin E--the tocopherols and the tocotrienols.
However, it has yet to be firmly established that specific phytochemicals in our diets can protect against diseases.
This paper describes the effect of the three phytochemicals in combination with two commercial OHD, namely, metformin and thiazolodinedione (THZ), on 2-deoxyglucose (2DG) uptake in L6 myotubes.
Antioxidant properties are not the only disease preventive property of phytochemicals. Although only a small number have been studied closely, scientists have identified thousands of phytochemicals.
Previous Phytochemical studies of some fungicidal plants have shown the presence of tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins (Harbone, 1973; Leven and Vilentinct, 1981; Olugbade et at, 1992; Encarta, 2006).
The latter are the major antioxidant phytochemicals of grains.
This reduced risk is attributed to the high levels of phytonutrients and phytochemicals found in dark colored fruits and vegetables.
Using organic methods, on the other hand, means plants "develop more robust root systems that more aggressively absorb nutrients from the soil profile, and produce crops with higher concentrations of valuable nutrients and phytochemicals," says Benbrook.
"The phytochemicals found in plant foods, including fruit juices, provide a multitude of benefits to the body," says Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
At Vitafoods 2007, the company will be launching clinically proven nutritional ingredients including high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) super fruits and super veg from US-based VDF FutureCeuticals Inc, with concentrated, standardized levels of polyphenols, phytochemicals and anthocyanins--offering fruit extracts of unmatched purity and antioxidant potency.
These phytochemicals make cranberries high in antioxidants--substances that prevent cell damage, explains Mayo Clinic HealthSource.
Much less densely packed with essential vitamins and minerals, grains are also completely void of phytochemicals. These plant-based nutrients are powerful antioxidants, and their role in our health--from cancer prevention to faster recovery from workouts--is widely recognized today.