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The idea to optimize oneโ€™s health by using botanicals dates back to at least 4th Century BC. Documents written by Hippocrates on the use of herbs for therapeutics can be found from the Roman Era.

Many centuries later, we now have even more knowledge of the exact biochemical pathways that are responsible for these therapeutic effects.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€? ๐ŸŒฑ

These are natural compounds found in plants. In the plant itself, these compounds are generated as a self-defense mechanism to fight against infections, pests, environmental stressors etc.

Much to our relief, these same compounds can have a beneficial role in human bodies as well.

4 major classes of phytochemicals/secondary metabolites:


๐Ÿ…๐“๐ž๐ซ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ข๐๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐๐ฌ


๐Ÿฅฆ๐’๐ฎ๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ

With more research we now know that the above compounds can get rid of toxins, boost the immune system, improve cardiovascular health, induce death of cancer cells etc. just to name a few!

So bottom line is eat more vegetables and fruits

Until next time,

Shiven Chaudhry, MD ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ

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