Polyphenols help prevent aging
Fighting against premature aging of the organism is easier from the inside. Recent studies have shown the benefits of some foods rich in substances that contribute to delay the effect of aging for its antioxidant effect such as polyphenols. And it is already said Hippocrates: "that your food is your medicine and your medicine your food."
Polyphenols are bioactive compounds with great antioxidant capacity that have aroused great interest from the nutritional point of view, for their actions not only in health, but in the prevention of premature aging, of the functional and structural alterations of various diseases.
In recent years, beneficial effects have been attributed to the development of various diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, which are associated with an increase in cellular oxidation processes, known as oxidative stress.
Benefits of polyphenols for health
The consumption of a diet rich in polyphenols is mainly associated with antioxidant actions, but they also have important anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, antithrombotic and even lipid-lowering effects. Therefore, polyphenols are very beneficial for theprevention of the development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk.
Several experimental studies have revealed that a diet rich in polyphenols contributes to the decrease of tumor and inflammatory markers involved in the development of various types of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Natural sources of polyphenols
If we add vitamin C to this substance, which also has many fruits and vegetables rich in polyphenols, the antioxidant effect of these foods is increased.
Some of the foods richest in polyphenols are: grapes, blueberries, apples, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate, beetroot, eggplant, buckwheat, red and purple vegetables, soybeans, green tea, red wine, lentils and peas.
Among the medicinal plants richer in polyphenols, we highlight the pine bark extract, the grape seed extract, the hawthorn berries, the milk thistle, the chamomile and the ginkgo biloba.