Having Plenty in Under 20
Did you know fruit and vegetable supplements can provide you with many of the vitamins and minerals you need in just one scoop? With a mixture of vegetables, berries and fruit concentrates, botanical extracts, green food concentrates, plant oils and phytonutrients, you'll get dozens of powerful antioxidants, rich minerals and health-boosting vitamins in no time.
Antioxidants eliminate or reduce cell damage from free radicals, which are unstable molecules produced by the body as a reaction to environmental and health stressors. Oxidative stress is linked to all sorts of illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and immune deficiencies. Antioxidants act as a neutralizer to inflammatory conditions, which boosts overall health.
Phytonutrients offer some serious health benefits, as well. They are chemicals produced by plants, and foods rich in phytonutrients include a colourful spectrum of fruits and veggies. These distinctive blends supply an extraordinary array of nutrients that can only be obtained by consuming the entire rainbow of vegetable colours.
The pitfalls of avoiding fruits and vegetables
Many people are avoiding fruits and vegetables -- most specifically fruits because of the popularity of low carb or strict Keto diets. This may be a mistake because when we say no to fruits (especially the more nutrient-rich ones), we may be missing out on the protective and beneficial effects of certain plant compounds contain called phytonutrients, as well as the fibres and other factors that keep our gut health happy. Certain mechanisms in our body require insulin and glucose found in fruits and vegetables for optimal results.
Phytonutrients and polyphenols protect our bodies at a cellular level
Dietary antioxidants, such as polyphenols, have recently been demonstrated to be neuroprotective through the activation of hormetic pathways. They help to protect our nervous system, including our brain.
Hormesis is a natural response by the body that sets into motion natural protection. The more we stimulate this response, the more our bodies natural response strengthens. It gets activated when we are exposed to stress including environmental, physical, or dietary. Examples can include exercise, heat therapy, cold therapy and certain foods.
Certain plant compounds (aka polyphenols) stimulate this hormetic pathway due to their natural '''anti-nutrient properties'', found in the various compounds which seem to activate the body's defense systems in a good way. New research is looking at this mechanism and the ability to spur on the neuroprotective responses, providing a framework for ageing gracefully and slowing down the disease process. While plant compounds aren't the only way to stimulate a cellular defence mechanism and therapeutic intervention in diseases that cause chronic tissue damage, such as neurodegeneration, they are easier than HIT training, cold therapy or 150 degree heat exposure!
Fibres from fruits and vegetables feed our good bacteria
We know the importance of good bacteria in our guts, and we've likely heard the term prebiotics. Well, those fibres found in fruits and vegetables are prebiotics and are very important for our gut health!
A little bit of glucose or insulin stimulation is a good thing when it comes to helping your body operate smoothly
Certain important mechanisms and processes in the body require small amounts of glucose and insulin. For example, the following are some body functions that require small amounts of glucose:
- Balance Hormones During Ovulation
- Regulation of carbohydrate metabolism
- Control of the stress response
- Support of the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4, which activate genes that are involved in energy production and glucose oxidation
This is critical information because many women are going on low-carb diets, and some women and men experience hormonal imbalance and low energy as a result. There is no one-size-fits-all diet, but one common need that we all have is consuming nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables.