You may not have heard of polyphenols, but chances are, you’ve consumed them! Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in phytochemical-bearing plants. Common foods containing polyphenol antioxidants include apples, blueberries, cherries, grapes, strawberries, cabbage, green tea, unrefined olive oil and dark chocolate. Generally speaking, the darkest and most richly colored of these foods and beverages contain the highest levels of polyphenols.
Why are they so phenomenal? For one, polyphenols have protective powers, like any other antioxidant. They can help the body fight attack from harmful free radical molecules that can damage healthy cells. They may help support overall health, including healthy inflammatory response and blood pressure levels already in the normal range
To optimize the benefits of polyphenols, try to avoid foods or activities that can deplete or damage your body’s stores. Deep-fried or overly processed and refined foods can contain a number of potentially hazardous free radicals. Smoking and stress can also lessen the beneficial effects of polyphenol antioxidants by diminishing their numbers.
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