What’s the pull with Polyphenols?

Some of the compounds that you will find in Fivaday are known as polyphenols, and here at HQ, we get a little excited about them.  Want to know why?  Then read on to learn more.  

Polyphenols are beneficial plant compounds with antioxidant properties, remember what antioxidants are from our previous blog?

In short, they may keep you healthy.

More than 8,000 polyphenols have been identified but we tend to slot them into four main groups:

-         Flavonoids,

-         Phenolic acids,

-         Polyphenolic amides,

-         Other polyphenols,

You’ll be pleased to know that tea, dark chocolate and red wine are all sources of polyphenols, but the amount contained from food to food (or drink to drink) will vary depending on its origin, how it was farmed, stored,prepared and more!

Benefits of Polyphenols:

It is thought that polyphenols may help to lower blood sugar levels, reducing risk of type II diabetes. On study found that those people eating higher quantities of polyphenol-rich foods were 57% less likely to develop type II diabetes in a 2-4year period.

A systematic review (many studies considered alongside each other)investigated the effect of polyphenol intake on heart health.  It was concluded that higher intake of polyphenols was associated with a 30%-45% reduced risk of death from heart events.

In addition, another study demonstrated that a higher intake of polyphenols may prevent blood clots! Blood clots are formed when circulating platelets start to clump together,or aggregate.  It’s a necessary function,it stops bleeding when you cut yourself – the issue is when it happens when it doesn’t need to!  So the prevention of blood clots can mitigate the risk of stroke for example.  

Polyphenols are also seen to promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut, and also fend off the bad guys! Win win!  It is also thought that polyphenols may help probiotics survive and thrive too!

And finally, if you’re starting to flag, you’ll be pleased to know that polyphenols have been seen to support cognitive function.  That’s just a fancy way of saying they help your brain keep doing what it needs to! Polyphenols have been associated with:

-         Delaying age-related cognitive decline,

-         Modulating inflammation in the brain,

-         Counteracting neurotoxins,

-         Protecting neurons against oxidative stress,

-         Enhanced memory and learning,

Foods rich in Polyphenols:

  • apples
  • apricots
  • black and red currants
  • black grapes
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • pears
  • pomegranate
  • plums
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • carrots
  • endives
  • potatoes
  • red and yellow onions
  • spinach
  • shallots
  • almonds
  • chestnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • flax seeds
  • pecans
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • cumin
  • dried parsley
  • dried peppermint
  • black tea
  • capers
  • cocoa powder
  • dark chocolate
  • ginger
  • green tea
  • olives and olive oil
  • rapeseed oil
  • red wine
  • vinegar

And of course you can get a polyphenol boost from Fivaday. Head on over to the shop to grab yours!