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Phytochemicals

 Essay in Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals

Kritzel Resendez

General Chemistry 1412

6th period

Mr. Ur. C. Gonzales

May sixteen, 2011

Subjective

Phytochemicals are substances found in foods of plant origin,  biologically active, which are essential nutrients for life at least in the short term,  but have positive effects on health.  Found naturally in plants (fruits,  vegetables, legumes,  whole grains, nut products,  seeds, mushrooms,  herbs and spices). Phytochemicals are beginning to take into account in recent years,  as they are discovering its health benefits, a few of them and the most outstanding happen to be protection against tumor since they act in the detoxification of drugs,  toxins,  carcinogens and mutagens as blockers or perhaps suppressors,  neutralize free radicals,  inhibit enzymes that activate carcinogens and induce detoxifying enzymes thereof. And cardiovascular protection seeing that they prevent the oxidation of LDL,  reduce the synthesis and use of cholesterol and blood pressure and affect coagulation, some other benefits are delayed aging and associated disorders. They also give color,  aroma and flavor to food.

Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals or phytonutrients are the next generation of natural health supplements. They are helping to erase the line between food and treatments that had been drawn many years before. Some studies are showing that as we push away from the diet plan of our ancestors,  we succumb to " modern" diseases.  You can see evidence of this in societies as groups living in remote villages in the mountains of the Andes,  the Caucasus or in the Himalayas and still traditional dietary practices.  It is reported that these people have extraordinary longevity and are virtually free of diseases such as cancer,  heart disease and arthritis. Researchers have examined the epidemiological reality of modern societies for clues to the connection between diet and disease.  Based on these studies,  researchers have identified certain biochemical active ingredients that help the body maintain health and...

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