Why Color is Good for You


Blueberries and Strawberries
Blueberries and strawberries

RED, PURPLE

Apparent Health Benefits: Prostate health, DNA health; Heart, Arterial Function
Phytonutrients: Lycopene, Ellegaic Acid; Anthocyanidins, Resveratrol
Examples: Strawberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Red Apples, Pomegranate, Radishes, Raspberries, Tomatoes; Blueberries, Eggplant, Beets, Plums, Grapes




Oranges and Lemons
Oranges and lemons

ORANGE, YELLOW

Apparent Health Benefits: Eye, Immune Function, Skin Hydration (maintenance), General Growth & Development
Phytonutrients: Alpha-carotene; Beta-carotene; Hesperitin; Beta-cryptoxanthin
Examples: Corn, Pineapple, Lemons, Passion Fruit, Oranges, Carrots, Papaya, Pumpkin





Head of Cauliflower
A head of cauliflower

WHITE

Apparent Health Benefits: Maintain Healthy Bones; Circulatory Health; Support Arterial Function
Phytonutrients: Allicin, Quercitin
Examples: Cauliflower, Pears, Garlic, White Kidney Beans, Horseradish, Mushrooms, Onions






Peas in a pod
Peas in a pod

GREEN

Apparent Health Benefits: Cell health; Support Arterial Function; Lung Health; Maintain Healthy Liver Function
Phytonutrients: EGCG, Isiothiocyanate; Lutein/zeaxanthin, isoflavones
Examples: Peas, Lettuce, Green Peppers, Green Tea, Broccoli, Green Beans, Limes




...and by the way:

  • Phytonutrients (from “Phyte” = plant) are so numerous, numbering in the several of thousands, science
    has yet to identify or name them all. Learn more here....
  • Phytonutrients are responsible, in part, for the effectiveness of vitamins and minerals in the body, often
    working symbiotically (in harmony) with them. For example, phytonutrients increase the bio-availability
    of vitamin C several fold.
  • Specific vitamins and minerals also work together to increase the effect of each; in some cases, a
    vitamin can have little effect without a complementary mineral (e.g. Vitamin A and Zinc).
  • Minerals also tend to work together; for example, calcium does its proper work when in the company of
    magnesium.
  • Not all the phytonutrients, vitamins, or minerals the various plants contain are referred to in the above
    descriptions, only ‘featured’ or best-known nutrients are mentioned.

*For a good discussion of these ideas and other nutritional insights, read EAT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE by Gloria Askew RRN & Jerre Paquette Ph.D

Freaky Fact

Both cardiovascular disease and cancer are thought to be particularly the results of oxidative stress, which can lead to damage of the larger biomolecules, such as DNA, lipids, and proteins. It has been estimated that there are 10,000 oxidative hits to DNA per cell per day in humans.

Ames B, Shigenaga M, Hagen T: Oxidants, antioxidants, and the degenerative diseases of aging. Proc Natl Acad Sci 1993,  90:7915-7922.  PubMed Abstract | Publisher Full Text

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