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Examples of phytoalexins and their properties

The examples below are just a few of the many thousands of phytoalexins produced by plants, but serve to highlight the potential benefits of including them as part of a healthy diet, and perhaps the drawbacks of not doing so. The ailments that may respond to these compounds include acne, arthritis, bacterial infections, cancer, diabetes, fungal infections, heart disease, inflammation and even memory loss. There are undoubtedly expensive pharmaceutical products that may address any or all of the above. However, if there are dietary compounds that may prevent the onset of illness then surely choosing to eat produce containing those compounds as part of the daily diet is a sensible approach.

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To find out why some of these important dietary compounds are depleted in the modern diet, click on farming and food production.