By Robert Luby, MD
Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.
The term “phytonutrients” simply refers to natural chemicals found in plants that act as nutrients for human physiology. A common distinction made between vitamins/minerals and phytonutrients is the following: vitamins and minerals are essential for life. While not essential to sustain life, phytonutrients promote optimal health. There are more than 25,000 known phytonutrients, an estimated 10,000 of which may prevent disease.