Polyphenols: A Berry Good Choice!

Polyphenols are food bioactives that are abundant in our diet; found in raspberries, strawberries, peppermint, dark chocolate, apples, red wine, and blueberries to name just a few!

    1. Not only are polyphenols responsible for the amazing natural colours in berries they’re also antioxidants.
    2. Consumption of polyphenols has been associated with reduced oxidative stress and damage in the body.
    3. Also shown to be protective against coronary heart disease.


Not familiar with polyphenols? Chances are you’ve drunk or eaten some today, which is great news because they have some fantastic health benefits.

Polyphenols are food bioactives that are abundant in our diet; found in raspberries, strawberries, peppermint, dark chocolate, apples, red wine, and blueberries to name just a few!

These phenolic compounds have been getting a lot of attention from the scientif-ic community in recent years due to their positive effects on cardiovascular disease and endothelial function, as well as their potential role in the prevention of obesity and diabetes.

Ever wondered how berries get their amazing colours? Yes, you guessed it, it’s down to polyphenols. A subset of which known as anthocyanins are particularly abundant in brightly coloured fruits.

Not only are they responsible for those amazing natural colours they are also strong antioxidants. Studies have repeatedly shown an inverse association between the risk of chronic human diseases and those who consume a polyphenolic rich diet, due to the well-established theory that they increase antioxidant capacity.

With that in mind, consumption of poly-phenols has been associated with reduced oxidative stress and damage in the body, therefore limiting the risk of various degenerative diseases.

It doesn’t stop there, the potential health benefits of polyphenols also include being protective against coronary heart disease.

Changes to our diets need to be sustainable, and more importantly easily understood. If they are not achievable, we will just fall back into our old habits.

The good news is you can get the wonderful effects of polyphenols from just 250g of blueberries. As you may have read, the messages regarding fruit in the media have been somewhat negative recently, predominantly due to their sugar content.

Unfortunately, processed fruit juice drinks do tend to have a lot of added sugar, which has been linked to obesity and diabetes.

However, it is by no means the same story with whole fruit or simple fruit smoothies that keep all that lovely fibre. In fact, whole fruits have actually been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and it’s thought that polyphenols may play a crucial role in mediating the effects of the naturally occurring sugar.

The science behind polyphenols is overwhelmingly positive; from significantly reducing mortality due to cardiovascular disease, to their potential in the prevention and treatment of influenza.

The exact mechanisms may not yet be known, but the epidemiology linking these wonderful, natural, compounds with healthier people is incredibly convincing. With most of the UK currently not meeting their recommended 5 a day of fruit and veg, I implore you to make a healthy choice and add some polyphenol rich berries to your next basket.

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