Phytonutrients, also called phytochemicals, are chemicals/nutrients produced by plants. Plants use phytonutrients to stay healthy. For example, some phytonutrients protect plants from insect attacks, while others protect against radiation from UV rays.
Phytonutrients can also provide significant benefits for humans or animals who eat plant foods. Phytonutrient-rich foods include colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains, many spices and herbs. They affect health but are not considered nutrients that are essential for life, like carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Many of the nutrients required by animals are present in plants. At Nutricare, we combine/explore such nutrients which help in promoting health of animals directly or Indirectly. Products like Nutrimethionine, NutriCholine, Nutri C contribute directly as alternatives to synthetic nutritionals where as Phytonutrients in Mintoliv, Phytoimmune help in optimisation and stress free production.
Among the benefits of phytonutrients are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Phytonutrients may also enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism.
Effectiveness of phytonutrients
“For centuries, there have been implications that healthy food garnished with exotic spices and condiments provides vital ingredients that help ward off diseases and promote longevity,”
In current times, a lot of research is focusing on ilucidation of effectiveness of Phytonutrients. A number of trials have explained how the phytonutrients are able to modify body mechanisms and how they enhance various metabolic activities.
Phytonutrients are diverse in nature and affect multiple areas of the body, which sometimes makes it challenging to know precisely which phytonutrient is acting on which part of the body, and if the phytonutrients are helping temporary symptoms or systemic problems.
According to a researcher, one thing we do know is that the beneficial effects of phytonutrients will not be seen immediately, but over months or years.
Types of phytonutrients
There are classes of phytonutrients, determined by chemical structure. Phytonutrient classes include:
Within these classes are dozens of phytonutrient groups, which in turn contain hundreds of phytonutrients.
Phytonutrient groups include:
- Hydroxycinnamic acids