What are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are nutrients found in plants that are responsible for their health-promoting properties. The more colorful the plant, generally the higher the polyphenol content. This is why fruits, especially berries, and vegetables are good sources of polyphenols.

Health Benefits of Polyphenols

Polyphenols offer plants protection against the sun’s radiation and help defend against disease. Just like they protect plants, they protect us in a similar way by acting as antioxidants to help combat inflammation and aid in improving immunity. They play a key role in gut health by helping to defend against bad bacteria while increasing the production of good bacteria. One of their biggest benefits comes from their ability to activate AMP-activated protein kinase or AMPK. AMPK is one of the central regulators of metabolism and aids in the repair of damaged tissue.

William B. Hosfield M.D.