In addition to giving plants their brilliant hues, plant pigments such as flavonoids and carotenoids perform antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities in the body. Add grapes of any color, which contain a flavonoid known as resveratrol. In a recent preliminary study, a combination of resveratrol from grapes and grape seed extract was highly effective at killing colon cancer cells — more so than either compound alone. This study may ultimately lead to the development of pills used for prevention or treatment, but it also points to the power of whole plant foods. Cultures with plant-based diets tend to have lower rates of colon cancer, and it may be that a little bit of a lot of colorful plant foods is best for prevention.
“.. consuming a plant-based diet is a proactive approach that one can choose to decrease disease risk and optimize longevity.” Stephenie Paver, R.D.