10 Nutrients You Can Only Get From Plants

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4. Quercetin

One of the most common flavonoids plant foods, quercetin has been shown in numerous studies to lower blood pressure, fight cancer, and reduce the risk of heart disease. You can find quercetin in many plant foods, including onions, cranberries, apples, cocoa, capers, and garlic.


5.  Inulin

This is a group of fiber that is also called fructans. These are prebiotic fibers which encourage the health of the colon by stimulating the production of a super healthy type of bacteria called bifidobacterium.  Studies show that a diet high in inulin can prevent common digestive problems such as constipation. You can find inulin in artichokes, onion, garlic, leeks, bananas, asparagus, and chicory.


6. Catechins

Catechins are an important flavonoid with numerous health benefits. Catechins, such as the kind found in green tea, have been linked in numerous studies to improved blood vessel function and flexibility, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced blood pressure. You can find these healthy catechins in green tea but also in grapes, apricots, pears, apples peaches, cocoa, and red wine.


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7.  Pectin

Pectin is also a member of the prebiotic fiber that is found in many fruits. Pectin actually comes in many forms and can have different health benefits. Pectins encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, ease problems with chronic diarrhea, and can moderate blood sugar levels after eating. In fact, pectin is so beneficial to the colon that numerous studies have shown that a diet high in pectin rich foods can prevent colon cancer. You can find pectin in most fruits such as bananas, oranges, apples, plums, berries, and guava.

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  1. NoExitLoveNow .

    May 23, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Really, mother nature provided us with dairy? We have a parasitic relationship with large mammals?

    The longest lived population on the planet are the VEGAN Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda California. Nuff said.

  2. Callum John Hunt

    May 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Indeed this article was going the right way until taking a huge right turn pandering to what they would believe is a mainstream audience, however, we are all HUMAN and HUMANS do not require milk nor do they require the consumption of animal corpses to function or survive.

    In fact, the consumption of animal corpses is not only detrimental to human health it is detrimental to life in general because humans are killing and buying these corpses it is a dirty, disgusting system that is fucking up this very nature or reality we live in. When you pander to meat eaters saying things like, well we think animal protein is fine, you are in fact promoting evil and barbaric behaviour.

    “NoExitLoveNow” said it better than i could have.