Drink Your Colors
Fruits, vegetables, and plant parts contain thousands of chemical compounds called phytochemicals. Though these compounds are considered nonessential nutrients (they are not required by the human body for sustaining life), there is a growing body of research supporting the fact that phytochemicals are essential for overall health in terms of the way we look and feel.
It has been known for decades that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are linked to reductions in the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Scientists and nutritionists, however, are just now starting to unravel the relationship between phytochemicals and health. Perhaps one of their most important discoveries is this — the benefits of fruits and vegetables aren’t from a single, isolated compound, but from the additive and synergistic effects of all of the phytochemicals contained in whole foods. Ingesting a variety of phytochemical-rich fruits and vegetables results in an increase in observed health benefits, including protection from oxidative stress, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's.
“There’s growing evidence that diseases of aging — including heart disease, diabetes and many forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate cancer — result from damage to DNA, which in the laboratory can be prevented by substances found in fruits and vegetables.” — David Heber, M.D., Ph.D
So what does this mean for your diet? Phytochemicals are often associated with the pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. So, while we all know it is good to “eat your greens,” the easiest way to increase the variety of phytochemicals in your daily diet is to eat some of your reds, your yellows, your purples, and your oranges too! Incorporating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into the diet means that you are more likely to consume a wide variety of phytochemicals, each with unique characteristics, qualities, and health benefits.
Utilizing the latest breakthroughs in health and nutrition, Apriori Beauty formulated Lifeoxylin® Cellular Defense Elixir with beneficial fruits, vegetables, and plant parts in their whole food form. What colors do you get from Lifeoxylin?
So go ahead … drink your colors!
Herber D, Bowerman S. What Color is Your Diet? 2001.
Liu RH. Health benefits of fruit and vegetables are from additive and synergistic combinations of phytochemicals. Am J Clin Nutrition 2003; 78(suppl): 517S-520S.
Posted on April 11, 2011