Jan 23 2016
By M. Ostarello

As you stroll through the produce section of your local market, amidst the many choices, ask yourself, "Why am I choosing organic carrots over conventionally grown? What makes me go with the organic blueberries rather than non-organic?" 

We often choose organic because we know what's not involved in the farming methods, such as synthetic, chemical herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. But did you know that organically grown foods are loaded with all sorts of disease-preventing, vitalizing nutrition called phytonutrients? "Phyto" means "plant" in Greek, so these are literally plant nutrients. 

The research is gaining acceptance. According to Medical Mews Today, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University in the UK recently undertook a 4-year study, the largest of its kind, to compare the compositional differences of organic and conventionally grown fruit and vegetables.

They found that "concentrations of antioxidants such as polyphenolics were between 18-69% higher in organically grown crops." Study leader Carlo Leifert, Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle University, says that the evidence is "overwhelming," and the study shows that "by switching to organically grown crop foods, and foods made from them, people would consume additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between one and two extra portions of fruit and vegetables per day."*

Phytonutrients have been in our plants since agriculture began 10,000 years ago in the fertile soils of Mesopotamia. It wasn't until after WWII that synthetic chemicals, originally used in the war, began to be used as insecticides for farming. A chemical boom ensued in the industry, destroying the natural nutrition in our foods for decades. The recent renaissance of organic farming has unlocked the botanical secrets that plants have held for millennia.

It's these phytonutrients that have been proven to prevent some of our generation's most insidious and prevalent diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Now, that's true plant wisdom. 

Take a moment to imagine those phytonutrients concentrated in your daily supplement. Every day would be a regenerating, revitalizing experience. Unfortunately, many supplements are synthetically made in a laboratory to mimic naturally sourced nutrients, and these so-called "natural" vitamins are not made from phytonutrient-rich, organic, whole foods.

What if the secrets to longevity and a healthier life are contained not in a lab, but in botanical wisdom? It seems that every day we're learning more from scientists around the world who test and retest these theories to discover just that. Every plant contains its own unique properties, many of them medicinal. Organically grown plants seem to be extra potent in their life-enhancing properties.

Companies such as Vitanova, that create supplements made from organic, whole foods and herbs rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as tomatoes, carrots, garlic, spinach, beets, blueberries and other plant foods are dedicated to making a difference.

* http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279564.php

Other sources:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/phytonutrients-faq

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-organic-foods-more-nutritious/

http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/aboutdavidwessels.html

http://www.livescience.com/52541-phytonutrients.html

http://agrochemicals.iupac.org/index.php?option=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=3&sobi2Id=31