As with all antioxidants, a polyphenol deficiency can lead to excess oxidative stress, which causes cellular ageing. In the long term, this increases the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.
Recent compelling evidence reveals that a powerful way to protect ageing arteries is to consume more plant polyphenols.
Published studies show how polyphenol compounds help improve endothelial function, which is a critical factor in preventing atherosclerosis. Polyphenols have also been shown to inhibit the abnormal platelet aggregation that cause most sudden heart attacks and strokes, while fighting inflammation and supporting healthy blood lipids.
Throughout history, wellness enthusiasts have celebrated the medicinal potential of plants, looking to these botanical allies to promote vitality and restore good health. Modern science has borne out these theories, showing that edible plants are to be valued not only for their high vitamin and fibre content but also for their rich store of polyphenols—antioxidant compounds that give plants some of their colour, flavour, and healing qualities. Polyphenols are found in fruits and vegetables such as the blueberry. A number of studies show that consuming polyphenols from a variety of sources may be more beneficial to your health than limiting ourselves to plants foods typically found in the Western diet.
A recent study on a trial anti-inflammatory drug, canakinumab, reported a 15% increase in protection against recurring heart attach or other cardiovascular related illnesses. It was said that it could be the biggest breakthrough since statins! However some scientists are questioning its efficacy and get this – in the trial it showed an increased risk in potentially fatal infections! So not so great maybe. I certainly will not be rushing to give it a try, Just compare this risk to the beginning of this blog. If we eat food containing POLYPHENOLs they will give us a 30% increase in protection against cardiovascular disease. So once again Hypocrites was right we should let food by our medicine and medicine be our food. We all need these amazing polyphenols more than ever, and we need to have the whole variety to get the best protection. Frozen berries are great for the dark colours but the best way to get top protection is to take a whole food supplement with a great variety as a foundation and to bridge the gap in what we do actually eat every day.
Once Again Juice Plus+ capsules come out top? How do we know because Juice Plus+ Vegan capsules have been tested and they contain over 600mgs of polyphenols. There are more in the berry blend but several studies have shown that the polyphenols found in white fruits and veg help increase the power and the benefits of the polyphenols from berries. The more science reveals and the more we understand about nutrition and health. At each new set of information we get confirmation that variety is the key. we need thousands of minute amounts of nutrients not large amounts of a few. This is why Juice Plus+ comes out on top and is a powerful tool to help us attain and sustain great health