Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants. They are not essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals, but they do have important functions in the body, and they may protect against cancer.

Examples of phytochemicals include:

  • Beta-carotene.
  • Isoflavones.
  • Lutein.
  • Lycopene.

Last Updated: February 6, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Ruth Schneider, MPH, RD - Diet and Nutrition & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Diabetes Educator

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