Diet and disease are often intertwined.
As the sagacious Hippocrates stated: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Polyphenols are biological compounds that exist in many plants and can be found in food like chocolate, olive oil, pomegranate and honey, as well as beverages like red wine, green tea and coffee. They are recognized for having high levels of antioxidants known for supporting the immune system and providing anti-inflammatory support.
Exposing your body, or incorporating polyphenols into your diet, can be a beneficial way of boosting personal health. Officials believe these healthy components can tangibly improve liver function, when ingested, and possibly prevent forms of oxidative stress.
“Exposure of the skin to solar UV radiation results in inflammation, oxidative stress, DNA damage, deregulation of cellular signaling pathways and immunosuppression thereby resulting in skin cancer,” writes the Department of Dermatology at the University of Birmingham, in a recent study conducted. “The regular intake of natural plant products, especially polyphenols, which are widely present in fruits, vegetables, dry legumes and beverages have gained considerable attention as protective agents against the adverse effects of UV radiation,” university researchers concluded.
Polyphenols are also believed to promote healthy levels of blood sugar. According to the Global Healing Center, “Glucose management is an issue for many people in the United States, with about one in every 10 people having Type II diabetes or pre-diabetes.”
According to sources, polyphenols can be broken into more than 8,000 different compound combinations. One classification of polyphenols is called flavonoids. Flavonoids are thought to be the primary source of polyphenols among the standard human diet.
The site continues: “Flavonoids, a group of polyphenols, has displayed beneficial effects for supporting normal blood sugar levels. These flavonoids, typically found in foods like tea and cocoa, appear to enhance insulin secretion, reduce cell death, regulate glucose metabolism, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce oxidative stress and increase glucose uptake by cells.”
Different types of polyphenols can be used to treat various conditions.
For example, cherry juice is said to be rich in polyphenols that can control inflammation and muscle pain, particularly in athletes. When applied topically to skin in creams or lotions, green tea is said to contain beneficial polyphenols that can provide a protective barrier for skin against damaging free radicals. Another polyphenol rich item, red wine, is suggested for lowering cholesterol and fortifying heart health.