Posted on November 8th, 2016
Firstly, what are polyphenols? Polyphenols are plant-based chemicals that have antioxidant properties. The two big polyphenol groups are phenolic acids (eg. red berries, black radishes, onions, coffees and teas) and flavonoids (eg. broccoli, tomato, herbs, cocoa, tea, wine, citrus fruits and soy). In addition, there is also lignans (eg. flaxseeds) and stilbenes (eg. curcumin, wine and nuts).
So why should you incorporate (you might already be doing s0 ?) into your diet? Research shows that consumption of polyphenols help with the following:
-Limit the incidence of coronary heart disease
-Helps limit and protect against a number of various cancer tumors and their growth
-Better artery function
-Reduce blood pressure
Here are some of the richest polyphenol superfoods. For the full list click here.
-Mexican oregano, dried
-Dark chocolate (yay ?!)
– Common sage, dried
Pandey, Kanti Bhooshan, and Syed Ibrahim Rizvi. “Plant Polyphenols as Dietary Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease.” Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity. Landes Bioscience, Nov.-Dec. 2009. Web. 08 Nov. 2016.
Perez- Jimenez, J., N. Neveu, F. Vos, and A. Scalbert. “Identification of the 100 Richest Dietary Sources of Polyphenols: An Application of the Phenol-Explorer Database.” Nature.com. Nature Publishing Group, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.