The Ecology of Humans (44-1) Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients

Since the invention of farming, we have been breeding varieties with progressively fewer beneficial phytochemicals, partly because many taste bitter or astringent. ~ American nutritionist Jo Robinson

Phytochemicals are nutrients found in plants. 25,000 phytonutrients have been identified.

Phytonutrients are critical for development and cell health in every bodily system. Some phytochemicals even inhibit and retard the progress of cancer.

Several phytochemicals promote longevity through cellular detoxification. These are often a molecular compound containing sulfur, which gives vegetables, such as garlic and onions, their characteristic odor. In keeping the body healthy, the immune system is a significant sulfur consumer.

Antioxidants are an exemplary phytonutrient that acts as potent agent for good health.