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Concentrating on Carotenoids

A group of phytochemicals called carotenoids play a vital role in bone growth, reproduction, and healthy immune, detoxification, and inflammatory systems. They help your skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses more effectively. They are essential to healthy vision, and may slow declining retinal function in people with retinitis pigmentosa.  They are also important […]

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Fighting Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury: it’s an attempt to stop the damage and start the healing process. When you get a cut or other injury, you can see inflammation in action. When an injury happens, your body releases chemicals and white blood cells into your bloodstream, ready to attack and kill invading bacteria, viruses, […]


Discovering the Pharmacy at the Farmers Market: Phytochemicals in Fruits and Vegetables

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring plant chemicals that protect plants against bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and also provide plants with color, odor, and flavor. Because they can also influence the chemical processes inside your body in ways that benefit your health, they are often referred to as “phytonutrients” or even “nutraceuticals”; however, the term is generally […]