What are Polyphenols?
Polyphenols are nutrients found in plants that are responsible for their health-promoting properties. The more colorful the plant, generally the higher the polyphenol content. This is why fruits, especially berries, and vegetables are good sources of polyphenols.
Health Benefits of Polyphenols
Polyphenols offer plants protection against the sun’s radiation and help defend against disease. Just like they protect plants, they protect us in a similar way by acting as antioxidants to help combat inflammation and aid in improving immunity. They play a key role in gut health by helping to defend against bad bacteria while increasing the production of good bacteria. One of their biggest benefits comes from their ability to activate AMP-activated protein kinase or AMPK. AMPK is one of the central regulators of metabolism and aids in the repair of damaged tissue.
Promote Tissue Repair
Blood Sugar Support
Despite the health benefits of polyphenols, only 1 out of 10 adults meets the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Which foods contain polyphenols?
The more colorful the plant, generally the higher the polyphenol content. This is why fruits, especially berries, and vegetables are good sources of polyphenols. Nonetheless, the levels of polyphenols occurring in fruits and vegetables is only between 0.1 and 0.2 percent by weight. Polyphenols can also be found in cocoa, legumes, spices, and plant-derived beverages such as tea, coffee, and wine.
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