Dr Russ Blog - What's a Polyphenol, and Why Should I Care?
What's a Polyphenol, and Why Should I Care?
Created on 2/7/2014
Not meaning to bring back bad memories from chemistry and biology class (!), but I'd like to mention a chemical compound with you -
I know... You might be thinking, "I'm not up for a lot of scientific jargon." It pretty much stops here.
All I think you need to know is they are good for you, especially good for your heart.
And they're easy to get into your diet.
Polyphenols are found in dark chocolate, red wine (moderation...), apples, extra virgin olive oil and dark berries, to name but a few good options.
Polyphenols appear to support your heart and blood vessels, along with other beneficial functions. In fact, some experts believe the heart-healthy benefits of olive oil are due to the polyphenols in it.
Extending that thought - since olive oil is the major source of fat in the Mediterranean diet, which is a very healthy way to eat, polyphenols may be one of the reasons the diet is so good for us.
Polyphenols - not a term to throw around a lot, but eating foods that contain them, like those listed above, can be enjoyable.
And good for you.
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