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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012

Supper’s ready.Help yourself to some phytonutrients. Polyphenol antioxidants. Including kaempferol, a cardioprotective flavonoid. Syringic acid which inhibits activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase.Betalains. Reddish-purple betacyanin pigments.And yellowish betaxanthin pigments. Nine betacyanin pigments, in fact.Including betanin, isobetanin, betanidin, and isobetanidin. And a staggering nineteen betaxanthin pigments.Including histamine-betaxanthin, alanine-betaxanthin, tyramine-betaxanthin, and 3-methoxytyramine-betaxanthin. Those betalains include Phase 2 Detox involving glutathione. Nothing tastier than a plate of chenopods, with their red and yellow betalain pigments.Their unique epoxyxanthophyll carotenoids.And the special connection between their overall phytonutrients and our nervous system.So relax.There’s plenty.Have seconds.Take some that’s cruciferous too.With a great content of glucosinolate.Including glucoraphanin, glucobrassicin, sinigrin, and gluconasturtiian.They’re good blocks against sulphotransferase enzymes.Always a treat.Leave room for some sinigrin.Best when converted into allyl-isothiocyanate (or AITC).Red is better than green, in this case.Those anthocyanin pigments are to die for.Yum.And have some saponins.Including asparanin A.Sarsasapogenin.Protodioscin.And diosgenin.Save room for glycoglycerolipids.With plenty of neoxanthin and violaxanthin.And beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.No wonder it was Popeye’s favorite.Better known as spinach.We also have Swiss chard.Brussel sprouts.Asparagus.And cabbage.So mind your polyphenols and q’s.And eat your vegetables!That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square or

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