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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).

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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

-Anti-aging

-Improve life-span

-Better artery function

-Reduce blood pressure

-Lower cholesterol

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Here are some of the richest polyphenol superfoods. For the full list click here.

-Cloves

-Peppermint, dried

-Star anise

-Cocoa powder

-Mexican oregano, dried

-Celery Seed

-Black chokeberry

-Dark chocolate (yay ?!)

-Flaxseed meal

-Black elderberry

-Chestnut

– Common sage, dried

-Rosemary, dried

 

Sources:

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.