What are Polyphenols?
Polyphenols are a group of antioxidants that have gained recent attention in dietary circles for their anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits. Polyphenols are what give a lot of different fruits and vegetables their vibrant color, and as such people whose diets are high in such foods tend to diminish the likelihood of contracting cancer and other conditions such as diabetes.
What are the health benefits of Polyphenols?
Because polyphenols have antioxidant properties, they resist the cellular destruction that takes place through the oxidative stress resulting from substances known as free radicals. This process protects cellular membranes and other components of the cell, and thus inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. Polyphenols are known to block enzymes that can facilitate cancer and components of polyphenols have been shown to reduce the activation of certain cancer-growing proteins that are produced by the body’s immune system when it is under attack.
Studies that have been conducted regarding the health benefits of polyphenols suggest that they help to reduce inflammation associated with conditions such as coronary artery disease. In addition, the antioxidant properties of polyphenols have been shown to slow the process of skin wrinkling as associated with aging.
What foods are good sources of Polyphenols?
Polyphenols are most commonly found in beverages like green tea and red wine as well as a variety of fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, cantaloupe, broccoli, celery, and onions. Polyphenols can also be found in most legumes, chocolate, olive oil, and certain grains.
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