Saturday, September 23, 2017 by Frances Bloomfield
Phytic acid, also known as phytate, is the principal storage form of phosphorus. It is most known for its detrimental health effects, namely its ability to inhibit the proper absorption of minerals, and to cause gastrointestinal issues when consumed in excess. Though widely considered to be an anti-nutrient, phytic acid does in fact have numerous health benefits that range from acting like an antioxidant to being a hypocholesterolemic substance. Additionally, overcoming the detrimental effects of phytic acid can be accomplished by adopting an omnivorous diet with special focus on plant foods.
The primary sources of phytic acids are grains and beans, with some notable sources including wheat bran and flaxseeds.
Phytic acid has antioxidant qualities that are enhanced through roasting foods dense with this nutrient. The antioxidant effects of phytic acid are beneficial to the body in that they can neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidation.
The binding ability of phytic acid has been shown to extend to heavy metals and other harmful substances, most notably uranium, iron, and manganese. Although essential nutrients, excessive manganese and iron can be dangerous to one’s health, so phytic acid ensures that these minerals don’t accumulate in the body. This mineral chelating effect is said to make phytic acid a potential anti-cancer agent as well, as it can reverse the growth of carcinogens.
Diabetic patients can benefit from phytic acid since it’s been observed lowering blood glucose levels by slowing down the rate of starch digestibility.
Phytic acid can reduce the risk of cardiovascular through two ways: first is that it keeps the arteries from hardening, second is that it impedes platelet formation, and thus impedes blood clotting.
Because it can inhibit the formation calcium oxalate stones, phytic acid can help prevent kidney stones.
Phytic acid has been shown to prevent the onset of osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density.
Due to its numerous health effects, phytic acid can be good for the heart, bones, kidney, and blood.
Phytic acid is known to be anti-nutrient, though it has health benefits too. Phytic acid can support the health of the kidneys, blood, heart, and bones. Moreover, it can prevent certain diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and kidney stones.
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