Phytonutrients , the organic compounds found in fruits and vegetables, are good for you, Science has been telling us that for years.
That's because they act as antioxidants, and antioxidants help your body fight excess free radicals - the cell-damaging substances generated by internal systems in our bodies and caused by many of life's everyday activities: poor diet, lack of sleep, sun and pollution exposure.
But the latest research on the benefits of phytonutrients shows that it's not a simple battle.
Traditionally, free radicals are thought to be attacked directly by antioxidants from plant nutrients in the diet. While this is a valid approach, the latest scientific thinking is that phytonutrients work with your own defense mechanisms in helping your body to fight free radicals.
Here's how it works:
Every cell contain proteins that react to the presence of excess free radicals and indicate an out of balance condition. When triggered by the reaction, these proteins signal the cells to make more antioxidants that fight free radicals, and also make proteins that help repair cell damage.
When the battle is over, balance is restored. If additional stress produces more free radicals, the cells start this this protective process over again.
Science now believes that certain phytonutrients also trigger these signaling proteins, spurring cells into an elevated state of readiness by creating more antioxidants.
The new Nutrilite Double X, vitamin/mineral/phytonutrient supplement harnesses this science. After 20,000 tests on 1,000 plant extracts from botanicals around the world, Nutrilite researchers discovered PhytoProtect, a patented combination of extracts from Turmeric, Rosemary and Fava d'Anta.
While the antioxidant-rich phytonutrients from each ingrediant are beneficial individually, their free-radical fighting power is three to five times greater when combined in a specific ratio.