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What are antioxidants and phytochemicals?

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring plant compounds that have many beneficial functions in the body such as acting as antioxidants, stimulating the immune system, and interacting with hormones that may help prevent certain cancers.

Phytochemicals are provided in a variety of foods including, apples, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, chives, onions, broccoli, eggplant brown rice, and oats.
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Eating a well-balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and phytochemicals can help to maintain immune function and keep you well. An antioxidant is a super nutrient that helps to repair cell damage and is vital to the body’s resistance to infection. Phytochemicals are biologically active substances that give plants their color, flavor, odor, and protection against plant disease. Some phytochemicals work as potent antioxidants.  

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