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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