September 2011 Issue

Phytochemicals Fight Disease

Scientists know that plants possess thousands of bioactive compounds, called phytochemicals, that impart health benefits when we eat them. These benefits range from protection of the eye against age-related macular degeneration to preventing the damaging effects of atherosclerosis that lead to heart disease. In fact, scientists believe that phytochemicals might be partially responsible for the excellent health typically seen among people who eat large amounts of plant foods.

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