What are Phytochemicals and are they important?
 
 
 
Phytochemicals are trace substances that protect plants from disease, injuries, insects, drought, excessive heat, ultraviolet
rays, and poisons or pollutants in the air or soil. They form the plant's immune system. Current research is revealing how they impart their protective actions to people. Scientists have found that phytochemicals boost our immune systems, and deter and relieve a variety of ailments. The directors of the National Cancer Institute have recently allocated $20 million for new phytochemical research. The American Cancer Institute has already begun a $6 million project to locate, isolate and
analyze these powerful medical weapons found in fruits and vegetables. Just a few years ago scientists didn't even know
phytochemicals existed. Today they are the newest frontier in cancer-prevention research. Newsweek, April 25, 1994

Medical research into these powerful plant extracts is uncovering a wealth of health benefits, including the reduction of the risk of cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and other conditions that rob us of quality of life and lead to premature aging and death. Phytochemicals demonstrate a wide range of important medicinal qualities, including antioxidant, anticarcinogen, and antitumor activity, as well as the ability to help lower cholesterol, maintain normal blood pressure, and lessen the risk of heart disease. Other phytochemicals help protect the liver from toxins, and aid in reversing memory and hearing loss, and are beneficial to those suffering from bronchial problems and asthma.
Carl Ebnother, M.D.

Phytochemicals help lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, stimulate regular heart beats, detoxify blood, rebuild the liver, heal ulcers and skin sores, relieve allergies and arthritis, improve memory, reduce deafness and ringing in the ears, alleviate depression and impotency, and are powerful antioxidants. In the immune system, they help detect and deter tumors, and even the flu.
Marcus Weller, Medical Science Editor

The latest buzz word in the health industry, phytochemicals, refers to the natural chemicals found in plants (phyto = plant). These chemicals have only been discovered over the last few years, but scientists believe that they are the key to health, longevity and disease prevention. To date over 100,000 different phytochemicals have been identified, but
researchers believe that there are many more yet to be uncovered." "Phytochemicals are the biggest health discovery of the decade! For many years, an apple a day has been "prescribed" to keep the doctor away. It was thought that this was due to the 12 vitamins and 13 minerals that just one apple contains, which is indeed partly true. The recent unearthing of the rest of the story, however, points to the healing powers of the 386 phytochemicals also found in a single apple!" "Do these plant chemicals deserve all the credit they're getting? Apparently so. Phytochemicals have been shown to reduce the incidence of many different cancers, including breast, prostate and esophageal cancers. They also help to lower cholesterol, prevent and even reverse heart disease, reduce arthritis pain and heal stomach ulcers. Some act as antioxidants that capture free
radicals and prevent them from damaging DNA and others are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-osteoporotic. Nina Turpin, M.S.S., on Our Modern Dietary Habits, Supporting the Immune System, and Phytochemicals.

Consider the importance of Mannatech's PhytaloeTM, a truly unique blend of phytochemicals:

There are over 200 human studies that show a diet in fresh fruit and vegetables reduce the incidence of chronic disease. And it's not surprising that this incidence is on the rise
because 91% of people don't get the recommended amount of 5 to 9 serving a day. And kids are even worse. 99% don't get the recommended 5 food groups. They get plenty of french fries, though. The American Institute for Cancer Research state that Cancer is a preventable disease and part of their guidelines for cancer prevention is to eat a diet rich in plant based foods that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association also shows that cardiovascular disease can also be prevented by lifestyle modification and they encourage a diet with generous servings of fruits and vegetables.
The USDA recommendations are for at least 2-4 servings of fruits and 3-5 servings of vegetables a day and people who consume at least this have been shown to have fewer health problems.
Phytaloe is a complex blend of 13 flashed dried fruits and vegetable extracts processed to remove the water while concentrating their nutritional content. It also contains Ambrotose complex, a patent-pending blend of specific monosaccharides that are necessary for cell to cell communication.
The combination of fruits and vegetables and Ambrotose is designed to support the immune system and help you achieve optimal health. Scientific research now has demonstrated that
a daily intake of flashed dried fruit and vegetable extract for 80 days has shown a reduction in damage to your DNA by 66%.

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