For those who bother to grow their own food – a ‘revolutionary’ act that has almost become necessary due to the GMO-laden land around us – the idea of consuming boosted plant nutrients is wildly appealing. Growing specific varieties of vegetables and fruits which are rich in phytonutrients, including anthocyanins, quercetin, lutein, and lycopene, for example, can help to prevent cancer, help us age more gracefully, and boost energy levels. Some research even states that the nutritional value of a single food we eat can be more important than the number of fruits and vegetables we consume.
Phyto translates from Greek to mean “plant.” Put simply, plant nutrients, or phytonutrients, are those which protect the plant from various diseases and harmful bacteria and pests. These nutrients can even protect plants from drought and ultraviolet light. They are absolutely key to a plant’s well-being – but so are they to our own good health.
When we consume plants that are phytonutrient-rich, we gain the same benefits as the plant – that is, the plant’s self-defense becomes our own protection. Red, purple, black, and blue fruits are full of anthocyanins. Plant these whenever you can. These plants will help reduce inflammation, high blood pressure, early-onset dementia, and more. Examples are red onions, black grapes, and purple broccoli.