Phytochemicals have special properties that make them anti-aging, anti-viral, anti-fungal and therefore anti-disease. They are plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties. There are more than one thousand known, such as Allicin in garlic and onions, lycopene in tomatoes, and capsaicin in hot peppers.They are not quite as easy to obtain as the other nutritional components, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They may be the key to complete nutrition.
There is a healing device in every cell known as a Phase II enzyme which enables the cell to detoxify itself. Science is beginning to discover the connection between phytochemicals and phase II enzymes and it may be the case that the phase II enzyme process is stimulated by phytochemicals which carry a very high energy content.
Phytochemicals work in a variety of different ways to protect and restore your cells.
Cabbage has Indoles. Indoles are a kind of phytochemical that stimulate enzymes and makes estrogen less effective and could therefore reduce the risk for breast cancer.
Saponins are a type of phytochemical in beans. These interfere with the replication of cell DNA and by doing so prevent cancer cells from multiplying.
The capsaicin in hot peppers helps to protect DNA from carcinogens.
Garlic has anti-bacterial properties from Allicin.
Some types of phytochemical work by binding to the cell walls thereby preventing pathogens from adhering to the cell walls. An example of this is Proanthocyanidins, found in cranberries, which reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections.
Most phytochemicals are high in antioxidants and can protect our cells from damage by oxidation and thereby reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. Onions, leeks, garlic, carrots, tea and grapes are all in this antioxidant category.
The best way to get more of these nutrients is to eat more fruit and vegetables and especially herbs. Herbs have even higher levels of these important nutrients than fruits and vegetables. Be sure to chew your food very well because a lot of them are stored in the cellulose of the plant.
The following list of seven herbs are loaded with phytochemicals. These herbs are easy to obtain and easy to cook with so they can easily be added to your diet. They will add wonderful flavors to your foods as well as adding wonderful nutrition to your diet and health to your body!
Garlic, Ginger, Mint, Cilantro, Turmeric, Rosemary, & Basil
It is not a coincidence that these seven herbs all have strong flavors and bright colors. It is easy to identify highly nutritious foods by their bright colors. It is as if the creator was trying to get our attention.