What are phytochemicals and why are they important?
- A phytochemical is a “naturally occurring plant chemical”. Phytochemicals often provide a plant with its colour, and sometimes also provide its aroma and flavour. They can also give protect plants from infection and predators.
- The phytochemical ellagic acid, found in pomegranates, has been shown to act as an antioxidant and to fight cancer in the digestive tract. This nutrient also helps prevent cancer cells from multiplying.