Whether you’re simply afraid of needles or aren’t keen on pumping yourself with the chemical concoction in a flu shot, rest assured there’s plenty you can do to significantly lower your chances of catching the latest strain of the influenza virus. The answer lies with phytonutrients.
What is a Phytonutrient?
Phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, are substances found in certain plants that research has discovered to be beneficial to human health, along with prevent disease. They’re found in most fruits and vegetables, like berries, cruciferous vegetables, and citrus.
One of the greatest benefits of phytonutrients is their broad antioxidant abilities. Most people know of—or at least heard of—antioxidants. A deeper understanding reveals the wonderful power of how phytonutrients prevent disease, cure it, and so much more.
Antioxidants are the worker components that make up the majority of a phytonutrient compound. They are molecules that have an abundance of electrons. This is incredibly important, even when it comes to avoiding catching the flu.
Phytonutrients & Antioxidants: A Healthy Relationship
It’s ironic that the same air we need to live causes metal to rust, fruits and vegetables to turn brown, and your body’s cells to age and weaken. Oxygen provides abundant health and long life when it is paired with antioxidants. When polluted oxygen is drawn into the body, or after it’s used for metabolism, chemical changes to oxygen occur. The molecules lose electrons, making them unstable. These unstable molecules are called free radicals. The damage they cause is called oxidation.
When the antioxidant molecule enters your bloodstream, it travels around and bumps into free radicals. Instead of getting damaged (oxidized), the antioxidant offers up a spare electron, which balances out and neutralizes the free radical. This stops the cascade of oxidation. The amazing natural structure of antioxidant phytonutrients is nature’s answer and protector.
This protection extends to blocking you from getting the flu. Dark, leafy greens contain the richest source of flu-flighting phytonutrient antioxidants. This means loading up on the spinach, kale, romaine, arugula , and so on. And while you’re at it, add a generous amount of garlic to your diet for its anti-viral and antibiotic properties, and garnish with antiviral herbs like grapefruit seed extract and elderberry extract. OR take one scoop of Optimal Fruit & Veggie Plus.
Flu Season Simplified
Since the flu is viral in natural, whole foods rich in vitamin C are your best defense. This means eating actual oranges, grapefruits, and so on. They contain the phytonutrient-rich antioxidants your body needs to strengthen your immune system and stave off viral infections.
Still, how do you know you’re getting enough antioxidants in your system every day? How many oranges and romaine leaves do you need to live flu-free? How on earth are you supposed to measure the antioxidant rating of your produce?
Don’t. Research shows that the average person gets only 1,200 antioxidant units out of the USDA-recommended 5,000 from their diet. The problem is that people on average consume only 1-1.5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, instead of 6-10. So, keep it simple and measure out just one scoop of Optimal Fruit & Veggie Plus every day, in addition to enjoying fresh, raw whole foods.
Phytonutrients in Fruit & Veggie Plus
This formula is the most potent antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich powder ever. It contains over 20,000 antioxidant units from 24 raw, freeze-dried fruits and vegetables combined with organic juices, herbs, and natural flavorings. While avoiding catching the flu might be on the top of your list of priorities, you’re protecting yourself from a host of other potential health issues at the same time. It’s a win-win situation for you and your health.
The phytonutrient antioxidant blend in Optimal Fruit & Veggie Plus™ has been tested and the government backs us on NINE structure function claims in regards to what type of health benefits you can receive. Structure function means we can refer to the formula itself, instead of choice ingredients.