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Polyphenols, The Most Powerful Antioxidants

by Doctor Deepti on Monday, January 21, 2013 5:57 AM
Research in polyphenols only really began about 1995 and we are rapidly learning how beneficial they are to the human body.  Polyphenols are the compounds in fruits and vegetables that not only give them their color, they provide anti-bacterial defense for the plants.  Guess what, they do the same for us.  You find polyphenols in the more colorful fruits and vegetables.  No color, no polyphenols.  There are approximately 8,000 known polyphenols and an estimated additional 12,000 to 15,000 that have not been identified.  Probably the most well known polyphenol is reservatrol which has been attributed to anti-aging.  Reservatrol is found in grapes and red wine.  A special class of polyphenol and the most powerful anti-oxidants available are delphinidins.

 

In short, polyphenols are anti-oxidants, and a type of natural chemical in fruits and vegetables that help prevent cellular damage in our bodies, they are essential to every healthy person’s diet.

 

Polyphenols provide the micronutrients that protect cells against damage caused by free radicals that contribute to tissue damage in the body.  They can block the action of enzymes that cancers need for growth.  Add to that the fact that they have huge anti-inflammatory benefits, thus playing a crucial role in helping prevent one of today’s biggest problems and that is chronic disease.  They greatly inhibit silent inflammation which is the condition that literally lurks in our bodies for years, undetected only to result in cardiovascular problems, cancer, obesity, allergies, autoimmune diseases (arthritis, lupus, and others), inflammatory diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and others), neurological disorders (Alzheimer’s, depression, ADHD, and others), Type 2 diabetes, etc.  You get the picture; we need to consume our fair share of polyphenols.

 

The best way to get our polyphenols is in our diet in the form of fruits and vegetables.  To get our fair share, we should be consuming seven to 13 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.  This can be tough sometimes, so when we can’t, we should be taking a polyphenol supplement.  When picking out a polyphenol supplement, make sure it is plant-based, not something created in a lab (not synthetic).  You want to be taking the purest form of polyphenol, giving you the most potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits possible.

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