Thursday, December 30, 2010

Phytochemicals and zoochemicals are great sources of antioxidants.

Better health Victorian Government article says "phytochemicals found in plants and zoochemicals found in animal products are believed to have greater antioxidant effects than either vitamins or minerals."

Wheat is the most important cereal crop in the world and in its natural unrefined state, features a host of important nutrients. Dr R H Liu of Cornell University, New York, reported that, "whole wheat contains many powerful phytonutrients". Bound phytochemicals were the major contributors to the total antioxidant value.

Phenols, unique phytonutrients found in prunes, are damage preventing substances effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical. An excellent source of beta carotene, prunes help prevent oxygen based damage to fats. As well as these benefits, potassium in prunes lowers blood pressure and fiber helps to normalize blood sugar.
Sunsweet Dry Fruits note that a recent study from Tufts University in Boston "ranked the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity). Prunes topped the list with more than twice the antioxidant capacity as other high-scoring fruits such as blueberries and rasins."

World's Healthiest Foods has heaps of information and recipes. Recommended reading.

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