Noni Health Terms
Phytonutrients (can also be referred to as phytochemicals) are compounds found in plants. The word "phytonutrients" stems from the Greek word "phyto" meaning plant. Phytonutrients can help to protect plants from things like UV rays, fungi and insect attacks. Such photonutrients can also benefit humans with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other health benefits.
You can find sources of phytonutrients in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Many phytonutrients also serve as the pigment of the food so look for whole raw foods that have deep color such as blueberries, blackberries, carrots, kale, or apples. Phytonutrients aren't essential to your body like vitamins and minerals. However, ingesting phytonutrients may help boost the immune system, repair DNA damage from toxin exposure, and prevent heart disease.