Phytonutrients can boost your health. Here are 4 and where to find them (including in your next cup of coffee)
Credit: Shutterstock Coffee is regularly in the news for its potential health benefits and drawbacks.
A review of the research found drinking a few cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of dying from any cause. Coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing heart disease , type 2 diabetes, liver disease , depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and prostate, endometrial, liver and skin cancers.
However, the review also found evidence of negative effects related to pregnancy and fracture risk in older women, even after results were adjusted for possible confounding factors, like smoking.
Some of coffee’s positive effects have been attributed to food components called ” phytonutrients .” But if you’re not a coffee drinker, don’t worry—you can find phytonutrients in other foods too.
What are phytonutrients?
Phytonutrients , or phytochemicals , are chemical compounds plants produce that help them grow well. They can deter predators or help fight off pathogens.Research is shedding light on their potential benefits for human health, too. When we digest and absorb foods and drinks that are rich in phytonutrients, these compounds become active in our bodies’ biochemical pathways that affect our health and infleuence whether we develop disease.Scientists have identified […]