Many people suffer from physical ailments like constant fatigue, low focus, and even pains and aches all throughout their bodies. As a result, many people feel they need to take pills and prescription meds just to be able to function.
But what if there was a way to correct where the body has gone wrong, WITHOUT having to crack open a bottle of pills every morning?
It seems that every couple of months the nutrition world stumbles across a new food science discovery. Their latest breakthrough? A super chemical our bodies crave but too often never get -- “Polyphenols.”
The Super Chemical known as "Polyphenols"
“Dietary polyphenols are natural compounds occurring in plants, including foods such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, tea, coffee and wine” writes Dr. Fernando Cardona and his associates in a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
Polyphenols are a family of natural chemicals that kick-start the digestive system. When eaten in high amounts, they can stimulate cell health and regeneration, and push the body to function at peak condition. Polyphenols are found in a majority of dark-color skinned fruits and natural produce.
So What Exactly do Polyphenols Do To My Body?
How polyphenols work at their core is that they interact with the natural bacteria found inside human digestive tracts. They provide energy to the bacteria so that they can do their jobs that much better -- jobs like breaking down food and converting that food into usable energy. When you eat polyphenol-rich foods, you are giving your body the fuel it needs to work, and in turn you get the fuel you need to function at your best. It's a close relationship that needs more attention.
It's just like a car that needs to have its oil changed regularly and given specific gas to work at its best. Polyphenols are what our bodies should be getting -- regularly and in proper doses.
Research shows that when we properly support the bacteria in our digestive tracts, the entire body experiences a long list of health benefits, such as reduced pain and increased daily energy.
In their scientific review, Dr. Cardona and his associates go further in-depth into the potential benefits of polyphenols. “Several studies have linked the microbial metabolism of dietary polyphenols to cancer prevention,” says Dr. Cardona and his team. “These studies have found phylum-level differences among the gut microbiota of patients with and without colorectal cancer. Some phyla are increased, whereas others are decreased, but exactly how these changes affect the cancer process is not clear.”
What Else Can Polyphenols Do For Me?
There is a lot of interest being generated by polyphenols lately for a long list of reasons. The biggest takeaway is that the healthiest diets out there are the ones that include proper and continual doses of polyphenol rich foods. Why? Because the higher the presence of polyphenols, the stronger the bacterial growth inside our intestines can be. This leads to a body that functions at its smoothest.
Regulate digestion, decrease inflammation, and maximize how food is converted into energy -- these are just a few of the many benefits a higher dosage of polyphenols may do for your body. However, these benefits are only felt when there is a consistent flow of polyphenol-rich foods.
Resetting our bodies so that they operate and function the way they were originally designed to may sound like a ton of work. It sounds like it may even require a drastic lifestyle change...
...but really it is as simple as incorporating more polyphenol-rich foods into your daily diet.
Want to hit the reset button on your body without a prescription? Consider a polyphenol-rich supplement. Or at the very least, reach for a fistful of berries instead of that bottle of pills.
Fernando Cardona, et al;. "Benefits of Polyphenols On Gut Microbiota and Implications in Human Health". The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 2013.
Zhang, Yu-Jie, et al;. “Impacts of Gut Bacteria on Human Health and Diseases.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2015.
Duda-Chodak, Aleksandra et al. “Interaction of Dietary Compounds, Especially Polyphenols, with the Intestinal Microbiota: A Review.” European Journal of Nutrition. 2015.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read here. This article is for general information only.