Antioxidants attack free radicals. Free radicals make you age and none of us want to age faster, right? That where Polyphenols come in. Polyphenols are micronutrients with antioxidant activity, and they can be found most abundantly in whole foods such as dried spices, fruits, vegetables, red wine, and cocoa. Here’s the good news these micronutrient and antioxidant powerhouses play a huge role in preventing and in reducing the progression of cancer cells, diabetes, and other neurodegenerative as well as cardiovascular diseases according to health expert Naomi Whittel. When we think about bacteria we usually don’t think of anything good but your gut should consist of healthy bacteria. If not then you could have trouble staving off disease and keeping you weight down.
Polyphenols can be found regularly in natural plant food sources that already have antioxidant properties. And they are not as rare as you might think. Additionally as good as Polyphenols seem for you and your health you might think that they are only available in awful foods. No way, there are thousands of identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, wine, chocolates, fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil. Sounds delicious, right?
If your body does not get adequate protection from free radicals than those buggers can run rampant throughout your bodycausing your cells to perform poorly. This can lead to all kinds of problems like tissue degradation and put you at risk of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, just to name a few.
Polyphenols give fruits, berries, and vegetables their vibrant colors, and flavors. They also come on leaf form in plants where they protect against ultraviolet radiation and pathogens. So how do you get them you might ask? Well you have to feast on a wide variety of foods that are rich in polyphenols. High-quality seasonings, raw fruits, vegetables, and seeds are among the best places to find them.
So as a general rule herbs and spices are very high in polyphenols, so you can’t really go wrong by adding them to you every meal. Also berries of each and every kind and colorful fruits and vegetables are also an excellent source. They’re also ideal, as they tend to be low in fructose, and therefore will not significantly raise your insulin level and contribute to insulin resistance. And remember it’s the spike in insulin or blood sugar that keeps you from losing that fat around your stomach.