Phytochemicals  - RD26


Their Role in Health Maintenance

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Sarah K. Waybright, MS, RD, LD
(4.5 / 74 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.50 CPEU)

Price: $30.00
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For more than 30 years, evidence has accumulated to show that those who consume more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis have a lower incidence of certain cancers and other medical disorders. It has become clear that plants themselves contain a diversity of substances that may be protective against heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cataracts, arthritis, scurvy and many other medical conditions. Collectively, the compounds found in plants that may protect against these conditions are called phytochemicals. Supplementing individual phytochemicals or nutrients has not been shown to be effective. Increasing intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is effective in promoting health and decreasing disease.


The goal of this phytochemical continuing education program is to provide dietitians with knowledge about phytochemicals and their role in the maintenance of good health. After studying the information presented here, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the various types of phytochemicals and their evolving role in nutrition
  • Identify the various 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 healthy diet.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians and health educators.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2020, 2010, 4040 and performance indicators of 4.1.2., 8.1.1., 8.1.2., 8.1.3., 8.1.4., 8.1.5., 8.3.6., 9.4.5, 10.2.5., 10.2.8., 10.4.1., 10.4.4., 10.4.5. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/25/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/5/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2019

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

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Peggy M - Peachtree Corners, GA  ·  Mar 03, 2019
Well written, nice mix of charts and text, studies from other countries interesting and applicable. Very well done, thank you.
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Summer Y - Avon, CT  ·  Dec 26, 2018
Very informative! I learned more of the specifics regarding phytonutrients.
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Deanna F - Modesto, CA  ·  Nov 09, 2018
great explanation about different types of phytochemicals
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RYAN M - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Jan 30, 2018
Interesting course.
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Jaime B - Vacaville, CA  ·  Aug 02, 2017
Very concise and informative
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Price: $30.00
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