The wonders of fruits and vegetables keep growing…in the name of polyphenols. A recent review of literature on polyphenols found that plant polyphenolic compounds can play a significant role in the treatment of metabolic syndrome, promoting weight loss, better blood pressure and improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Plant polyphenols are natural chemicals found mostly in fruits and vegetables, but also in tea and wine (from grapes).
Metabolic syndrome affects more and more people worldwide, especially in the United States. If you have extra weight around the middle of the body (“apple-shaped” body) added to such health complications as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, you are likely suffering from metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a serious condition, increasing your risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and liver and kidney diseases.
This particular review focused on these particular plant polyphenols that showed promising results:
- Resveratrol: Grapes and berries
- Quercetin: Onions, tomatoes, raspberries and capers have high amounts
- Epigallocathechin-3-gallate: Tea
- Curcumin: Turmeric
Green and black tea, grape seed extract and chokeberries also showed positive health benefits in a variety of ways according to the review. More studies are needed before we can draw any specific conclusions about plant polyphenols, but the overall message is loud and clear: Fruits and vegetables truly are an essential part of a healthy diet. Include more fruits and vegetables in your daily meals and let the polyphenols work their magic!
Try to infuse all these flavors at home with these unique and cool tea infusers.