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Defining Nutrient Density

We talk a lot about nutrient density on our farm. Let’s take a step back and learn one of the ways that food coming off our farms stands out because of our practices directly corresponding to the soil health and beyond organic practices we use. 

Phytochemicals and Phytonutrients

Not to be confused with vitamins and minerals, these chemical compounds belong to a different category incredibly important to human health.

There are thousands of kinds of phytochemicals, some of the more well known being carotenoids and flavonoids. They act as antioxidants in our body protecting us from free radicals, have been shown to detox, suppress tumors, inflammation and protect against certain cancers. This list of findings from consuming phytonutrients is impressive in size as well as impact.

Studies reveal that phytochemical presence is found in much greater quantities in plants produced in healthy soil with organic practices. We stand behind this research with the overall health of our livestock as a marker for nutrient dense food and the correlation to the minimized risk of infection and disease.

Conventional farming produces foods incredibly lacking in nutritional content leading to a rise in disease. By consuming foods produced using synthetics and depleted soils we are missing out on giving our bodies what they need to fight and function as these plants just don’t produce the levels of phytonutrients humans need.

If this is the first your learning of these powerful plant compounds is worth your while to spend some additional time looking into what they are and why we need them.

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