Phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants. They are not essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals, but they do have important functions in the body, and they may protect against cancer.

Examples of phytochemicals include:

  • Beta-carotene.
  • Isoflavones.
  • Lutein.
  • Lycopene.

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator