Today, scientists better appreciate that dark greens, brightly colored fruits and vegetables are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, but phytonutrients. Ongoing nutritional research has demonstrated that optimizing phytonutrient intake by eating 7 to 13 servings a day may:
increase energy, naturally, without stimulants reduce appetite, improve metabolism, assist weight loss efforts
restore regular elimination and assist digestion reduce inflammation, relieve stiff and achy joints and muscles
lower risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke inhibit hardening of the arteries protect your vision from age related vision loss and blindness (ARMD)maintain strong bones
support immune function and increase resistance to infections reduce allergy symptoms without drowsiness
improve mental acuity and protect mind and memory detoxify toxic metals and chemicals help slow aging of the skin and dulling of the hair.
To enjoy these benefits and protections the USDA just announced we Americans need to eat approximately 50 % more vegetables, 150% more fruit, 250% more orange and 350% more green vegetables every day. That's 7 to 13 servings a day! In spite of the governments best efforts, few American adults, and far fewer children, even eat the recommended minimum 5-a-Day!