Polyphenois Rich Foods – Say What?

Studies indicate that each person’s life is already genetically predetermined.  However, studies also have proved that eating essential foods will most definitely enhance and maximize your chances of living as long as possible.  It also will improve the quality of your life and lessen the chances of getting communicable diseases.  The foods that should be a regular part of your life are apples, blackberries, black tea, blueberries, broccoli, bran cereal, cherries, cherry tomatoes, coffee (yes, coffee), cranberries, dark chocolate, green tea, oranges, peaches, plums, raspberries, red grapes, red onions, spinach and last of all strawberries.

These foods are rich in polyphenois – naturally-occurring chemicals like tannins, lignins, and flavonoids found in plants which are widely believed to have health benefits.  A recent international study linked the use of foods high in polyphenois can actually guard against heart disease.   Foods high in polyphenois also slow down the aging process.  Epidemiology students support the protect effects of polyphenol-rich foods.  Lack of these components in your diet increase the risk of chronic diseases.  Although you can live without these foods for growth and maintenance of bodily functions, there is increasing knowledge that supports its use for health maintenance and disease risk reduction throughout adulthood.

Polyphenols are the most abundant antioxidants in the diet. Their total dietary intake could be as high as 1 g/d, which is much higher than that of all other classes of phytochemicals and known dietary antioxidants. For perspective, this is ∼10 times higher than the intake of vitamin C and 100 times higher than the intakes of vitamin E and carotenoids.

Despite their wide distribution in plants, the health effects of dietary polyphenols have come to the attention of nutritionists only rather recently.  One of the major difficulties of elucidating the health effects of polyphenols is the large number of phenolic compounds found in food yielding differing biological activities, as shown in several in vitro studies   Polyphenols clearly improve the status of different oxidative stress biomarkers.  Much uncertainty persists, however, regarding both the relevance of these biomarkers as predictors of disease risk and the appropriateness of the different methods used. Integration of the results of past and future experiments in various disciplines, including biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and food chemistry, will be needed to identify the most effective polyphenols and to determine the optimal levels of intake for better health.

What this means is that eating these polyphenois-rich foods will not increase the genetically predetermined lifespan of your body but it CAN increase the chance of reaching that genetically predetermined lifespan and keep you looking and feeling younger in the process.  And why not look the youngest that you possible can as you move toward that unknown span of life!!

“The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Polyphenols: Antioxidants and beyond. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 June 2012.

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