Polyphenols. Do you know there are more than 500 unique polyphenols? Polyphenols are chemicals produced and fount in plants. Collectively, a group of these chemicals are called phytochemicals. Polyphenols can be into four (4) groups, which are;
- Phenolic acids
Polyphenols are mostly found in plant-based foods such as vegetables and fruits. But the number of polyphenols contained in fruits and veggie vary, depending on where the food is grown, how it is farmed and transported, how ripe the fruit or veggie is, and how it is prepared or cooked. Check out the table below to find out some of many fruit, vegetable, whole grains, nuts, beverages, fats and also seasoning, that contains polyphenols in them.
|Food Category||Some Major Food Source of Polyphenols|
|Fruits||Oranges, apples, grapes, peaches, grapefruit juice, cherries, blueberries, pomegranate juice, raspberries, cranberries, black elderberries, blackcurrants, plums, blackberries, strawberries, apricots.|
|Vegetables||Spinach, onions, shallots, potatoes, black and green olives, globe artichoke heads, broccoli, asparagus, carrots.|
|Whole grains||Whole grain wheat, rye, and oat flours.|
|Nuts, seeds, and legumes||Roasted soybeans, black beans, white beans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, flaxseed.|
|Beverages||Coffee, tea, red wine.|
|Fats||Dark chocolate, virgin olive oil, sesame seed oil|
|Spices & seasonings||Cocoa powder, capers, saffron, dried oregano, dried rosemary, soy sauce, cloves, dried peppermint, star anise, celery seed, dried sage, dried spearmint, dried thyme, dried basil, curry powder, dried ginger, cumin, cinnamon.|
Among polyphenols’ benefits is its role as antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their ability to combat and repair cell damage, as well as fight free radicals. Antioxidants, a craze to all especially to women who desires to look youthful, are usually associate with anti-aging, cell repair and regeneration supplement, skin care and other health related products. Moreover, polyphenols may also impact genes and gene expression. Different people, responds differently to polyphenols because of a person’s specific genes. The said chemical may even influence gut bacteria. Read further below to understand more of the benefits of polyphenols.
Studies shows that polyphenols also help in reducing heart related diseases. The polyphenols in cocoa powder helps reduce that risk. Scientist found out that by consuming cocoa for at least two weeks, it was discovered that the blood pressure in the test subject has significantly decrease. Moreover, the test subject’s LDL or “bad” cholesterol level had decreased and the percentage of HDL or “good” cholesterol has raised. With that said, polyphenols helps in regulating and maintaining weight. How? One study compared the intake of flavonoids, which is also a class of polyphenols to those who doesn’t. Flavonoids are natural compounds found in plants that, among other things, help plant cells communicate and generate color that makes it beautiful and attractive to the bees, butterflies, and birds that help with pollination. As for human, flavonoids seem to hit the right spot that keep bodies from gaining weight. Another great benefits of polyphenols are it may lower the risk for type 2 diabetes. It contributes in boosting insulin sensitivity, along with slowing down the rate the body absorbs and digest sugar. Moreover, it eases the inflammation of joints and muscles. Lignans which is also a class of polyphenols occur at the highest levels in virgin olive oil, flaxseed, and whole grain rye flour.
Overall, polyphenols have much to offer and promises a wide array of health benefits. While polyphenols are found in many plant foods, they are added to some food, or extracted and used as supplements. One of the best product that has the dose of polyphenols that is optimal for a better health is Vivix by Shaklee. Vivix is extracted from muscadine grape, and is abundant with polyphenols. Combine with resveratrol, Vivix is ten times more effective than resveratrol itself, in slowing down key mechanism of aging! On the plus side, Vivix is all natural with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives. In our next post, we will dive deeper into the all-powerful, patent pending, Vivix. Stay tuned guys!
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