Don’t know how to get all you vitamins and minerals?

Just aim for as many different coloured foods as you can, keep it simple.  

I want to talk about Phytonutrients.  Super important for optimal health but not essential for life, often forgotten about in the health world with all the focus being on calories and macros.

What are Phytonutrients – chemical compounds produced by plants to stop them from getting plant virus infections and keep them healthy.  Phytonutrient foods include colourful fruits, vegetables but also spices, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Here are some of the benefits

High in anti-oxidants – substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases

Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation and swelling

Enhancing immunity – help us fight of infections

Here are some that you have probably heard of

Carotenoids – red, orange and yellow fruits/vegetable

Flavonoids – almost all fruits/veg and spices

Curcuminoids – Turmeric

Resveratrol – red wine – but more so the actual skin of grapes!

Try to include as many as you can over the week.  This includes herbs and spices too.  

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