Define Polyphenols

Define: Polyphenols

Polyphenols are micronutrients are that found in certain plant-based foods. You can also take supplements. Bodies need these micronutrients and polyphenols are packed with antioxidants and also have great health benefits.

  • Polyphenols can give you side effects especially when taking supplements can give you some side effects
  • Your bodies metabolism, how you digest food are factors that affect how polyphenols absorbs into the body
  • Health benefits can help and offer protection from the development of cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease

List of Foods High in Polyphenols

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Beans (white and black)
  • Blackberries
  • Black currents
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Cloves
  • Cocoa powder
  • Dark chocolate
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Peppermint
  • Plums
  • Red onions
  • Red raspberries
  • Red wine
  • Spinach
  • Soy
  • Strawberries
  • Tea (black and green)
  • Walnuts

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