WHAT THEY ARE

Natures Secret Weapon

Polyphenols are micronutrients/phytochemicals (chemicals found in plants) which are packed with healing antioxidants and potential health benefits.

Thousands of individual polyphenols have been identified, but they break down into four major groups based on the number of phenol rings present.

  • Flavonoids
  • Phenolic acids
  • Lignans
  • Stilbenes

Each of these four groups of polyphenols carry slightly different benefits and are found in a variety of foods. Different foods are categorized into one of the four groups, dependent on the highest concentration of polyphenols present.

 

WHERE THEY ARE

Because polyphenols are present in plants, including fruits and vegetables, the sheer abundance of them means it’s relatively easy to get more in your diet – Plus, there are supplement forms as well.

To maximize the benefits of polyphenols, you must look at both the bioavailability and bioaccessibility of the polyphenols. Bioavailability refers to how many polyphenols are in a particular food. Bioaccessibility refers to how much of those polyphenols you are actually able to get/use from the food. Skins, seeds, barks and pits all contain some of the highest concentrations of polyphenols, but not edible parts of plants.

WHAT THEY DO

The Amazing Benefits of Polyphenols

Polyphenols pack a serious punch when it comes to how they benefit your health. However, not all polyphenols are created equal. Just like every fruit is not the same flavor, shape, texture or size, neither are its nutritional properties.

Studies have found polyphenols to be associated with a number of specific health benefits, including improving:

  • Gut health
  • Heart health
  • Immune system
  • Exercise performance
  • Anti-aging
  • Weight management
  • Blood sugar
  • Oxidative stress
  • Fight cancer cells