Why do I need phytonutrients in my diet?

We can’t all love eating broccoli, cauliflower or eggplant. The question is: Does it really matter?

It might. Because plant-based foods offer valuable nutrients that can keep our bodies performing optimally — and each one makes its own unique blend of nutrients available to us.

Why fruits and vegetables matter

Plants produce phytonutrients (or “plant nutrients”) as a defense mechanism to protect themselves from their environment. These phytonutrients are thought to provide similar benefits for people.

The next time you walk down a produce aisle, take a close look at all the different colors you see. Each vibrant plant color is related to the phytonutrients it contains — and a specific range of health benefits. In order to get many protective benefits for your whole body, it’s important to eat a wide variety of different colors.

Power up your plate

Want to add a particular phytonutrient to your diet? Some plant foods contain more than others. For instance:

  • Red grapes have 20 times more resveratrol — believed to support memory and heart health — than blueberries
  • Carrots have four times the alpha carotene — which supports healthy vision — of winter squash
  • Raspberries have three times the cellular-health promoting ellagic acid of strawberries
  • Green tea delivers 90 times more EGCG, which supports brain and heart health, than black tea
  • Raw garlic has 11 times more allacin, which supports already healthy blood pressure, than powdered garlic

Learn more about phytonutrient content

The value of plant-based ingredients

At Nutrilite, we use phytonutrient mapping to measure and compare the phytonutrient content of plant-based and synthetic concentrates. Each peak on the chart below represents a phytonutrient. For example, as you can see, natural beta carotene (from algae) contains far more phytonutrients than its synthetic counterpart.

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Did you know?

Nutrilite supplements are made by combining the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from more than 170 plants.

Catch up with your daily needs!

If you’re not getting a diverse range of food colors into your diet — whether it’s because you don’t like some fruits and vegetables, or you just don’t have enough time to prepare balanced meals — Nutrilite dietary supplements can help you get the phytonutrients you need. Find them here >

2 Comments

  • Amanda says:

    The color coordination makes it easier to remember. So Thank you. And it’s good to know there are supplements to take when I realize how little of each color has made it on my plate each week.

  • Mark says:

    Aloha,
    I’m now in my 50’s and I have been taking Nutrilite supplements for many years now. I try to stay active with some aerobics and occasional weight training. But, let me state that when I get my annual blood test, which was just last month. My Doctor always ask me if I want the good news or the good news! He also gives me a copy of the results in case I want to brag. He said I have a cholesterol level of a teenager. I always say “stay healthy, stay happy”. Happy New Year!

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