Antioxidants are “the” trend nowadays. With baby boomers already at the stage of their lives where health is a priority, almost every industry is cashing in on the trend. Juice, coffee and even junk food (can you believe it?!) claim they have antioxidants. Even some socks for crying out loud are said to have them.
But what are antioxidants? Usually, the term is used in a general way to mean that a product is good for your health compared to those without it. Rarely do ads attempt to inform consumers on why these are good for you. To help you shed light on this, let’s look closely at one antioxidant that has been hailed as a “life essential”.
Just like any antioxidant, Polyphenols help enhance health in a number of complex ways. According to new research though, this antioxidant help fight off a number of chronic diseases as well. Studies on its specific benefits are still underway but those that have already been released recognize how it can reduce risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
How to Boost Your Intake of Polyphenols
While studies are still being made as to its exact benefits, one common conclusion in all studies is that polyphenol is good for you. The more important question now is what you would do with the information on hand. To help you with this, here’s a list of ways to boost your body’s polyphenol level.
- Eat Polyphenol-rich foods dailyObviously, right? But what are polyphenol-rich foods? Fresh and moderately cooked fruits and vegetables are good sources of polyphenols. Polyphenols aren’t usually destroyed by moderate cooking so if you’re not up for a salad, then cooking your veggies on moderate heat will still do. Top your food with culinary Argan oil just before serving to give it an extra healthy kick. This miracle oil from Morocco is loaded with antioxidants, including polyphenols. Just a drizzle of Argan oil and you’ve made your healthy dish even healthier. Richly hued fruits like blueberries, red grapes and cranberries are packed with this antioxidant as well. So for a sweet treat, you can opt to choose those berries in the fridge over bananas. Not the fruit type? Dark chocolate is a sweet treat that’s also packed with polyphenols.
- Drink Polyphenol-rick drinksA lot of what you may already be drinking on a regular basis are already rich in polyphenols. Caffeinated tea and coffee are great examples. If you’re the type who prefers a refreshing glass of your favorite juice, choose fruit juices that do not have added sugar. If it’s already that time of the day when drinking isn’t necessarily frowned upon, opt for wine over a shot of vodka. In case you’re not into wines, then a bottle of beer is a good option too. However, the advice, “Drink moderately,” still applies.
- Avoid anything deep-friedPolyphenols are destroyed in high heat so deep fried foods are definitely a no-no if you’re looking to increase your antioxidant levels.