Enhancing and Protecting Your Immune System: Antiviral Properties of Polyphenols

polyphenols like chocolate and blueberries on a plate with the tannic acid code.Polyphenols are like little powerhouses for our bodies. They help with so many functions and there’s no shortage of information proving that. We know they help with the prevention of diseases and that they help aid in repairing our cells. They do most of these things by enhancing our immune system. 

Our immune systems are quite complex and there are a lot of working parts that help to protect us. But, this also means that there are a lot of things that can become inefficient and ultimately lead to a decline in our health. 

Fresh foods are a huge part of staying healthy along with exercise, getting out in the sunshine for vitamin D, and drinking lots and lots of water. All of these things work synergistically to make sure you’re at your prime. 

This makes your immune system more highly functional and protects you from bacteria and viruses that can cause you harm. 

Polyphenols play a major role in all of this as they have antimicrobial and antiviral properties in addition to the commonly spoken about antioxidant capabilities.

What are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are plant-derived compounds that when ingested carry out different tasks based on what property they are.

Polyphenols are broken down into several categories and then subcategories.  The main ones you’ll hear about in this post are flavonoids, flavonols, and catechins.