from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to phytochemistry.
- adj. Of or relating to phytochemicals.
- n. A nonnutritive bioactive plant substance, such as a flavonoid or carotenoid, considered to have a beneficial effect on human health. Also called phytonutrient.
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- n. Any chemical substance characteristic of plants.
- n. Any chemical or nutrient derived from a plant source; a phytonutrient.
- adj. Of or pertaining to phytochemistry
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- adj. Relating to phytochemistry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to phytochemistry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chemical substance obtained from plants that is biologically active but not nutritive
Scientists behind the research say that the fruit contains naturally occurring chemical, known as a phytochemical, called Ellagic acid, which prevents cancer cells from developing.
Heather K. Vincent, Ph. D., the lead author of the study, said that using what is known as a phytochemical index, which compares the number of calories consumed from plant-based foods compared with the overall number of daily calories, could also help people make sure they remember to get enough phytochemicals during their regular meals and snacks.
Scientifically it has become renowned for its content of Lycopene, a phytochemical which is a highly effective anti-oxidant and thereby helps prevent cancers.
Because it is nectar, it has every other kind of phytochemical that plants manufacture.
It's the latest plant-derived compound or 'phytochemical' to have been identified, extracted and sold in bottles and jars in health-food shops.
Why they’re important: Red foods -- such as tomatoes and red peppers -- contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help protect against prostate and breast cancers.
Miso contains a phytochemical called genistein that scientists have discovered performs the almost miraculous feat of cutting off blood flow to cancerous tumors, thus suffocating them.
Rich with a phytochemical called flavanol, found by a 2005 study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology to improve cardiovascular health, chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content should be a regular on your shopping list.
In some cases the phytochemical components that provide the greatest cancer-preventing activity are present only in a few, very specific fruits and vegetables.
Chia seeds are also a good source of bone-building minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, and contain a high level of lignans, phytochemical compounds that act as phytoestrogens.