What are Polyphenols ?

Polyphenols are a family of organic molecules produced by plants. In fact, it is polyphenols that ensure their protection from UV rays, insect pests, parasites and other environmental damage. Since plants are not mobile, they turn to their phenolic content to protect themselves from environmental damages. Nature does things well!

According to an article written by Dr. Richard Béliveau (Les polyphénols, molécules de longévité. Journal de Montréal, 11 novembre 2013),  a large number of epidemiology studies have shown that high consumption of polyphenol-rich foods is associated with a significant decrease in chronic diseases.

These organic molecules the following capacities:

  • Are antioxidants and protect living cells as well as fight against oxidative damage caused by free radicals (oxidative stress).
  • Regularize and modulate the immune system.
  • Are antiviral, anti-flu, antibacterial.
  • Are anti-inflammatory and play an important role in relieving joint pain, such as pain from arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, etc.
  • Improve physical performance and provide better recovery after physical efforts.
  • Regularize the intestinal transit (microbiote) 

Polyphenols contribute to the improvement and maintenance of good overall health. This is why it is important to have a fruit and vegetable-rich diet every day. IMMUNIA supplements from Fruitomed are our allies, ensuring a good daily intake of high-quality natural antioxidants. 


POLYPHENOLS ?

Essentially, polyphenols are natural antioxidants.
To this day, close to 10,000 polyphenols have been identified and some of them are recognized as having great medicinal properties, with several scientific studies showing their health benefits. This is the case, among others, for anthocyanins, one of the molecules targeted by the Chaire of research in Prevention and Treatment of Cancer of  The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

In fact, anthocyanins molecules are the pigments responsible for the red, blue, purple and purple colour of fruits. Small fruits are known to contain large quantities of anthocyanins, and that is why nutritionists highly recommend their consumption.

An easy way to recognize anthocyanin-rich fruits is their colour: the darker the fruit, the higher its content … and elderberry, blackcurrant, chokeberry, honeysuckle and wild blueberry, are classified among the smallest fruits richest in anthocyanins in Canada.

According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (1), the  average daily intake of anthocyanins in our Western diet (North America) stands at 12.5 mg/day. A single teaspoon of IMMUNIA ANTIOXYDANT™ provides 15 mg and IMMUNIA SYNERGY™ provides 20 mg of anthocyanins!

Therefore, the products of the IMMUNIA range are efficient complements to our diet to ensure we have a good daily intake of natural antioxidants and help us maintain good health.

Source (1)
Concentrations of Anthocyanins in Common Foods in the United States and Estimation of Normal Consumption
XIANLI WU, GARY R. BEECHER, JOANNE M. HOLDEN, DAVID B. HAYTOWITZ, SUSAN E. GEBHARDT, AND RONALD L. PRIOR USDA Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center, 1120 Marshall Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202, and Food Composition Laboratory and Nutrient Data Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, Maryland 20705