from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See phytochemical.

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  • n. Any substance, of plant origin, that provides nutrition; a phytochemical


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  • Fortunately, pinolenic acid, a newly discovered phytonutrient from the Korean pine nut, may increase food satisfaction and food fullness by encouraging the secretion of hormones in the gut that are intimately involved in appetite control.

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  • It's a natural plant defense molecule, or "phytonutrient," that's found in grapes (and therefore red wine), as well as in peanuts, berries, and a Chinese herb called hu zhang.

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  • KP Stoller, MD President, International Hyperbaric Medical Assoc Medical Director, Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico www. Currently, the terms "phytonutrient" and "phytochemical" are being used interchangeably to describe those plant compounds which are thought to have health-protecting qualities.

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  • Plant foods are known to contain 'phytonutrient' chemicals that can protect the heart and arteries and prevent cancers.

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  • The question is compared to WHAT diet--a diet of bagels and Coke, or a healthy phytonutrient, antioxidant-rich, plant-based diet with lean animal protein?

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  • This phytonutrient prevents the occurrence of colon, skin and lung cancer.

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  • Mint contains a phytonutrient called perillyl alcohol.

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  • A phytonutrient by the name of perillyl alcohol has been shown in animal studies to stop the growth of pancreatic, liver and mammary tumors, and to protect against skin and lung cancer as well.

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  • One such substance is the phytonutrient resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red grapes and red wine.

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  • It is tempting to join the stampede toward one berry or another because of a single study that appears to show benefits, or a lab experiment that suggests disease-fighting potential with this antioxidant or that phytonutrient.

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