Believe it or not but the world of nutrition goes far beyond that of protein and vitamin C that you see on commercials all the time. Our bodies depend on so much more than the daily recommended amounts on the labels of processed foods people buy.
The human body is a very complex structure that when given the ample amount of nutrients can accomplish so many things. This is something we are beginning to see more and more especially in the sports world with many athletes turning to a plant-based diet. This brings me to a very important part of the success many have come to know from getting proper nutrition and that is polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients we get through certain plant-based foods. These micronutrients are packed with antioxidants and come with a plethora of known health benefits. I am going to cover what types of foods have the highest amount of these essential micronutrients as well as some of the major health benefits.
How They Help
Before we start to talk about all of these amazing foods that are not only delicious but versatile and life changing, let’s talk about how polyphenols are beneficial.
First off polyphenols come in many forms such as phenolic acids found in red fruits, onions, coffee and spices. There are also flavonoids that can be found in different forms in berries, herbs, broccoli and citrus fruits. Then there are some of the more well known ones like resveratrol, curcummin and lignans. So all of these foods with different types of polyphenols all lead us to the many benefits such as lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Not The Norm
So many Americans are on some form of medicine to help lower their blood pressure and or cholesterol when there is more than enough sound evidence from clinical studies to show that this can be done in a more natural way with food.
Polyphenols have been proven effective in improving the function of the arteries as well as preventing platelet clumping. This to me is the most ground breaking information ever and should be plastered on every news media website in the world ! One out of every Four deaths in the United States is related to heart disease, and the research shows polyphenols can help cardiovascular health in many ways. The biggest research news was that a higher level of polyphenol intake can actually increase a person’s life span !
What Foods have Polyphenols ?
Now that we know what polyphenols are and how they are beneficial let’s talk about the best foods to eat to get the most in your daily routine. Cocoa powder has one of the highest concentrations of polyphenols in the world, that’s right time for more chocolate shakes ! Dark chocolate is pretty high as well due to it’s high amount of cocoa. Another food high in polyphenols that is also delicious are nuts. More specifically hazelnuts, pecans, almonds and walnuts.
Pecan pie anyone ? So just having some dark chocolate and a handful of nuts can add that extra boost. I usually get most of my nuts in the morning crushed up on top of my oatmeal and it is delicious.
Aside from chocolate and nuts there are many berries that are also great for polyphenols as well as other nutrients such as raspberry, blueberry, bilberry and elderberry.
Berries can really help with oxidative stress caused by free radicals roaming the body because of the antioxidants or polyphenols like resveratrol. I like to have a bowl of mixed berries daily or just have a smoothie packed with fresh greens and a ton of berries. The effect of the berries has also been something that has improved my energy levels throughout the day which is priceless since I work in sales.
But Wait there’s More
There are also many fruits that are high in polyphenols such as prunes, lemons, cherries, oranges and peaches. These are all once again delicious foods we all typically eat when we can get them fresh and in season. Fruits like berries have many health benefits and shouldn’t be hard to get into your diet or the kids diets if you have children.
The next group of foods are just as important if not more but tend to get overlooked at meal time by most Americans especially kids who have been brainwashed with happy meals and other junk food. Veggies are such an essential part of the overall health of any human and though we may joke about eating your greens I believe it should be taken more seriously.
The best veggies to get the most polyphenols are spinach, parsley, broccoli, garlic and tomato. I like to use garlic in almost everything I cook because it adds so much flavor on top of the health benefits. Broccoli is always good for stir fry and tomato and carrot go great with salads.
The Verdict is in
So now you have an idea of the foods you should be getting more of and the benefits of the polyphenols in the foods but what if you feel like you aren’t getting enough ? What if you can’t get the entire family to change the way they eat ? Or maybe you have yourself and the rest of the family eating a great well balanced plant based diet but you want some extra boost to your immune system ?
So what if you just can’t really get all of the benefits of all of the different foods that have the most polyphenols ?
Well at this point it should be easy to see that polyphenols are a winner and the more you get the healthier you will be. Although there are many foods we discussed that have polyphenols they can be hard to find at a good price fresh and organic. Also it can be hard to always get the daily amount needed to be sure to give your body what it needs to operate at 110%. So that’s why I want to introduce you to an easy cost-efficient way to get 119 different kinds of polyphenols from 75 different phenolic classes. Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden and Vineyard Blend ! These three capsules taken twice a day (total of 6) will get you 600mg of polyphenols per day. The average American consumes around a 1000mg a day so with juice plus you can nearly double that and when combined with a plant-based diet you will be doing amazing things for your body. Now you can be sure you are getting a variety of fruits, veggies and berries with all of the benefits in a farm to capsule clinically proven supplement. Juice Plus+ is backed my more than 30 major hospitals and universities with decades of clinical research.
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