Phytochemicals: Their Role in Health Maintenance - CHES26

Phytochemicals: Their Role in Health Maintenance

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.8 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.50 CECH)

Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00


For more than 30 years, evidence has shown that people who regularly consume fruits and vegetables have a lower incidence of age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular events, diabetes, osteoporosis, cataracts, and arthritis. Research shows that the wealth of phytochemicals that naturally occurs in plant foods is, in part, responsible for this protection. This body of evidence has greatly expanded in the past few years, identifying new ways that phytochemicals are chemoprotective. Taking supplements of individual phytochemicals has so far been shown as ineffective for protecting ourselves against diseases but eating whole foods that contain these compounds is indeed protective. This course discusses the most current evidence about how phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables consumed as part of our regular diet can protect us from a variety of age-related diseases.


The goal of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with current knowledge about phytochemicals and their role in the maintenance of good health. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss at least 5 types of phytochemicals and their evolving role in nutrition.
  • Identify at least 6 foods that are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, and explain the mechanisms of action for the various groups of phytochemicals.
  • Educate patients on how to incorporate antioxidants and phytochemicals into a healthful diet.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 10/25/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/7/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/7/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Amanda C - Omaha, NE  ·  May 29, 2014
thank you. this will be great for educating my future patients in regards to phytochemicals.
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Katherine P - Lattingtown, NY  ·  Apr 10, 2014
The reviews the facts about phytochemicals and provides an extensive list of the food sources.
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KIMBERLEY G - Kearney, NE  ·  Mar 24, 2014
I found it very interesting.
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Timothy G - Tomah, WI  ·  Apr 25, 2013
Really enjoy video w/documentation
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Linda H - Littleton, CO  ·  Sep 30, 2012
Very information -- will be helpful in my job as a telephonic disease mgmt RN.
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Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00