Our body derives many different minerals, nutrients and anti oxidant substances from the food we eat. Each of these essential nutrients contributes to our overall health by improving our body's resistance power against harmful diseases.
Polyphenols are a group of chemical substances, usually a class of phytochemical compounds believed to have antioxidant properties. Through research, it has been concluded that Polyphenol compounds function to promote good health and curb the activity of free radicals in our body, which left to themselves would damage body tissues and destruct other important body functions.
Functions of Polyphenols
Though there have been some debates on whether Polyphenol compounds really help the body or not, here are some of the most commonly recognised functions / benefits of Polyphenols recognised today -
- Polyphenols control the formation of free radicals in the body through their antioxidant properties.
- Polyphenols promote good health by protecting the body against cancer and other cardiovascular diseases.
- Polyphenols slow down and control the effects of aging.
Sources of Polyphenols
We can supplement our body's requirement for Polyphenols by consuming food items rich in Polyphenols. Some of the richest sources of Polyphenols include -
- Fruits & Vegetables - apples, grapes, berries, strawberries, lychees, potatoes, sprouts and parsley.
- Tea, Wine and Beer
- Olive oil
- Peanuts and Walnuts
- Cocoa & Chocolates
To build a happy and healthy life, it is important to gain sufficient knowledge about our body's need for nourishment. Make it a habit to include healthy and fresh food items in your diet to live a disease free life.
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