Phytonutrients are organic components of plants that promote human health. ‘Phyto’ originated from the Greek word meaning plant and are also described as phytochemicals. Most plants include phytonutrients: fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas are rich sources and vital to the human diet. Examples of phytonutrients includes carotenoids, flavonoids (Polyphenols), isoflavones and lignans (Phytoestrogens), phytates, indoles, glyconutrients (polysaccharides), etc.
Benefits from Phytonutrients are many, including as antioxidants, support immune response, as an example phytonutrients can cause cancer cells to die-apoptosis and cell-to-cell communication, effect estrogen metabolism that is not disruptive, repair DNA damage from toxic exposure, prevent formation of carcinogens, deactivate carcinogens and supports detoxification pathways.
Phytoestrogens (phytonutrients) are natural plant compounds present in many foods, with isoflavones and lignans (phenolic phytoestrogens) providing many helpful benefits. Examples include support for healthy cholesterol & triglycerides, address hormonal cyclic distress, inhibit types of cancer growth, reduce bone loss and even offer antiestrogen effect depending on tissue involved.
Isoflavones have a unique ability to bind to estrogen receptors in the body. Their benefits include selective estrogen receptor modulators, plus many other properties that include fighting infection, suppressing appetite, and cleansing of the blood. They even offer needed respiratory support, such as, expectorant, antispasmodic, and relaxing potential, and can be used for inflammatory bowel concerns, kidney or liver problems, skin disorders, and weakened immune system, depending on which plants are needed and used.
‘Phytonutrients research is experiencing remarkable growth. Hopefully, more specific information on phytonutrient consumption and human health will be forthcoming in the near future. For now, it appears that an effective strategy for reducing risk of cancer and heart disease is to increase consumption of phytonutrient-rich foods including fruits, vegetables, grains and teas.’ WebMd 2005