Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Power of Colours




According to the American Cancer Institute, we should aim for an average of 7 serving of fruits and vegetables daily to decrease the risk of abnormal growth of cells. This is because fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients which are powerful free radical scavengers and immune system boosters. In fact, the more 'colourful' our diet, the higher number of phytonutrients it contains. Generally, phytonutrients come in 7 colour groups. Adequate intake of all colours group is important as each addresses different oxidative reactions. However, meeting 7 serving of sufficient fruits and vegetables daily from 7 colour groups daily are the major challenge for most of us. The following are the details of the colour beneficial :

RED
protect heart, reduce risk of cancer, improves red blood circulation and strenghten eye function. Source : strawberry, raspberry, beetroot, tomato, lingoberry etc.

ORANGE
improve eye and skin health, vascular health and immune; may reduce liver cancer risk.
Source : carrot, spinach, kale, papaya etc.

YELLOW
for healthy version, protect skin from UV damage; may reduce breast, lung and prostate cancer.
Source : carrot, corn, kale etc.

GREEN
maintain healthy cardiovascular function, help reduce atherosclerosis, purifies blood, active detoxification enzymes in liver and gastrointestinal tract.
Source : bailey grass, wheat grass, broccoli, green leavy vegetables etc.

WHITE
coordinate activities of immune cells, maintain healthy cardiovascular function, help reduce tissue inflammation, reduce allergy and viral infections.
Source : garlic, onion, cauliflower, kale. broccoli etc.

BLUE
protect against harmful UV rays and help to reduce risk of cancer.
Source : blueberry, raspberry, grapes, blackcurrant, strawberry etc.

PURPLE
help to reduce heart disease & DNA damage, slow down aging process.
Source : eggplant, blueberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, grape, strawberry etc.


I'm so sorry because I don't have my camera with me today. So, I've to gather pictures from the site to work on this posting about this interesting topic of fruits and vegetables which I think it would be helpful to all of you in your daily diet. And I hope you all will enjoy this as much as I did...Cheers!

7 comments:

Laura said...

Very interesting indeed. Here in France, they say 5 fruit or vegetables per day ... Bottomline: vegetables and fruit are good for you!

Angie's Recipes said...

I like all of them......black is missing......
black beans, black sesame, wild rice....


Angie's Recipes

Divina Pe said...

I definitely agree about the power of colors in vegetables. Thanks for the reminder.

Chow and Chatter said...

lovely and healthy post

Lyndsey said...

Very interesting. It's nice how the more colorful the better it is for you, like it was done that way on purpose, lol. I like fruits and veggies I just wish it was easier to get all you servings in a day. Maybe I'll have to get a juicer! he he

My Little Space said...

Laura : How interesting only 5 colours! I wonder which 5 colours are they?

Angie : I know black is good as well but sorry..the one you mentioned about is not fruits and veggies! he he....

Divina : You're most welcome!

Rebecca : Glad that you like it too!

Lyndsey : You're right but there are always other option like taking extra suppliments. Check out this product 'Fitorac'. It may help!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

Great post!! Thanks!

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