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Mom's favorite pearl of wisdom was always - "Make sure you eat all your vegetables!" and mom was right. Throughout the ages, people have found that consuming certain plants, or parts of plants, relives aches and pains. Some people believe that vitamins, minerals, and fiber are the only healthy thing we get from plants, but this is not true. Plants are an essential part of our diet because they contain chemicals, known as phytochemicals that …

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