16. Phytochemicals are important for your diet — here’s why!
While we all know that no one specific food can help prevent cancer risk, it is good to know that you can get the most protection by eating a variety of plant-based foods. The more you eat, the better chance you have against different health risks, and the healthier you may be helping yourself to be. More research needs to be done to determine just how phytochemicals exactly work, but what most researchers agree on is their benefits.
Some potential benefits of phytochemicals include strengthening the immune system, reducing inflammation, and regulating hormones. A few other advantages they may have for you include preventing damaged cells from reproducing, which seems essential—foods with this chemical help slow cancer cell growth. Furthermore, phytochemicals aid in preventing DNA damage and helping DNA repair. It’s safe to say that phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, are quite essential to add to your daily diet if you don’t already include them. Eating a high number of fruits and vegetables will help guarantee that you’re getting an increased number of phytochemicals.