Food is the best medicine

Food is the best medicine ─ health care, cancer prevention trick: daily intake of enough fruits and vegetables phytochemicals!

There is a big shortage of fruits and vegetables in the Chinese diet
Health alert!
In 2015, the Taiwan Health Food Association conducted a survey on the nutritional intake of Chinese people and found that 92.6% of the people in the country did not meet the standard daily intake of fruits and vegetables. On average, only 7.4% of the people eat five different colors of fruits and vegetables every day. Seriously insufficient.

The standard recommended amount is "five kinds of fruits and vegetables every day", and even better is to eat "vegetables and fruits 5.7.9": the principle of "5.7.9 servings" and "rainbow feeding" of vegetables and fruits. In the portion principle, according to gender , Age, ethnic group to classify, the different amount of fruits and vegetables required for each day is the total intake of vegetables plus fruits.

Even the "Rainbow Diet" in which every color is ingested is balanced, the reason is the difference between whether the most important "phytochemicals" are multivariate and balanced ingestion!

What is phytochemical?
The growth of plants needs to fight against nature, including all kinds of damages from ultraviolet rays, environmental soil, water, pollution, etc. In short, phytochemicals are special substances that provide plants with self-protection functions. Phytochemicals are like a plant's immune system. In addition to maintaining life, it also plays a role in plant reproduction and protecting itself from environmental damage.

After being eaten by the human body, such phytochemicals also have a protective effect on the human body and become a good helper for human health. Therefore, it is known as "a vitamin in the 21st century."
Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, once said: "Food is the best medicine." From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, "medicine and food homology" has also been repeatedly proven that any food is different. Nutrients, these substances can also play a considerable role in the human body, can achieve the effect of improving physiological functions, preventing or improving diseases.

The health benefits of phytochemicals
Vegetables and fruits are rich in a lot of water and rich in dietary fiber. They can also allow feces to quickly pass through the intestine, reduce the absorption of harmful substances, and inhibit the production of carcinogenic factors in the intestine to avoid the formation of cancer cells. Phytochemicals are very helpful to health. Ordinary people can achieve the purpose of preventing cancer, anti-aging, regulating immunity and lowering the three highs (hypertension, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia) as long as sufficient and diverse fruits and vegetables are consumed.

Different phytochemicals have different functions on the human body

● Red series-lycopene, capsaicin

Effect / Lycopene is the strongest antioxidant among all carotenoids, and has the ability to eliminate free radicals or active oxides, which is 2 times that of ß-carotene and 10 times that of vitamin E.

Food/Red tomatoes, red onions, beets, cherries, watermelons, red grapes, strawberries, cranberries, etc.

● Yellow series-carotene, bioflavonoids

Function/Can resist nourishment and aging. It is helpful for the body's hematopoiesis, while improving the digestive system, protecting the cardiovascular and delaying skin aging.

Food/carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, sweet corn, lemon, citrus, etc.

● Green series-chlorophyll, catechins

Function / Chlorophyll has a blood purification function, can decompose and discharge the residual toxic substances in the body, and strengthen the hematopoietic effect. Catechin has the effect of preventing esophageal cancer, rectal cancer and skin cancer. Studies have found that people who drink green tea will have lower levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in their blood and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

Food/green vegetables, tea, etc.

● Blue-purple-anthocyanins, polyphenols

Function / The ability of anthocyanins in the body to oxidize and scavenge free radicals is 50 times that of vitamin E and 20 times that of vitamin C. The main functions are to eliminate free radicals, resist the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, enhance immunity, and prevent Hypertension, etc.

Food/Grape, Blueberry, Purple Cabbage, Mulberry, Eggplant, Purple Yam, etc.

● White series-sulfide

Function / Belongs to rich carbohydrate foods, helps maintain heart health, lower cholesterol, maintain the respiratory system, and improve immunity and reduce the risk of cancer.

Food/yam, onions, shallots, garlic, white radish, white cauliflower, white potatoes, mushrooms, etc.

● Earthy yellow-saponin, lignin, isoflavones

Action / Saponin can neutralize some carcinogenic enzymes in the intestine and indirectly lower cholesterol levels. The lignin in the grain has been proven to remove free radicals in the blood and inhibit cancer cell and cholesterol proliferation. Isoflavones are phytoestrogens, which are similar in structure and function to female estrogens. They can alleviate the symptoms of hot flashes in menopause and prevent post-menopausal osteoporosis, and reduce women's chances of breast cancer and cervical cancer. In addition, genistein in isoflavones can inhibit the formation and growth of capillaries, and can inhibit the growth of tumors.

Food/Burdock, whole grains and legumes.

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