As talked about in my ebook The Plant Paradox, vegetation use their polyphenols to guard their mitochondria from harm, significantly from daylight. Discover the parallels right here: vegetation want daylight to ensure that their mitochondria to supply power; people want oxygen for a similar objective—but each sunlight and oxygen are damaging to these organelles.
So, how do vegetation mitigate this harm? By producing “sunscreens” (aka their polyphenols). And enjoyable truth: the polyphenol content material of a plant’s leaves are often a lot greater than the fruit.
Past their position in defending vegetation, polyphenols additionally act as prebiotics—the compounds that encourage the expansion of the nice micro organism that dwell in your microbiome. There, they’re consumed by these micro organism, then reworked into energetic postbiotic compounds.
You’ve got possible been advised, time and time once more, that polyphenols have healthy-aging results by the use of fighting the free radicals that come from smoke, air pollution, and excess alcohol consumption. You’ll have additionally heard that they’ll encourage your blood vessels to stay versatile, retaining your blood stress in a wholesome vary and lowering irritation. And, in fact, who can neglect all of the tales about how polyphenols control blood sugar levels and modulate insulin release? I haven’t even gotten to the claims that polyphenols shield towards Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline, and neurological inflammation—nor that it prevents harm to cells. That’s fairly a listing, no?
In my expertise, the tales are all true. Polyphenols are behind this record of “magical” advantages, however they don’t have a lot do with polyphenols performing as antioxidants.