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What are Polyphenols? The Benefits and Anti-inflammatory Powers of a Polyphenol-rich Diet

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Polyphenols are natural compounds found across plants, fruits, vegetables and grains that have the potential to reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

Studies show that people who have polyphenol-rich diets — consuming more than 650 milligrams per day — have lower death risks than those who get less than 500 milligrams per day.

There are more than 8,000 types of polyphenols, which include:

Flavonoids like quercetin and catechins in fruits or cannflavins A and B in hemp, polyphenolic amides like capsaicinoids in chili peppers, phenolic acids like lignans and stilbenes in vegetables and whole grains, resveratrol in red wine and ellagic acid in berries.

Polyphenols have become an emerging field of interest in nutrition in recent decades due to their potential for therapeutic and preventative benefits against many diseases. Specific polyphenols are being investigated as treatments for some of the world’s most prevalent chronic ailments.

Polyphenols have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, anticancer, and neuroprotective activities. These molecules help protect your body by improving heart health, lowering diabetes risk, and raising immunity.

The populations of the USA, Spain, Australia, and France are estimated to consume 190, 310, 450, and 550 mg of flavonoids every day, respectively—where a lack of polyphenols and related molecules may be the reason for high inflammatory and autoimmune conditions in Western society.

These molecules are generally viewed as safer and express higher bioavailability, fewer side effects and lower toxicity than traditional drugs, and have been claimed to be essential to humans in reaching our full “genetically-determined lifespan”.

At Canurta we believe that the polyphenols in hemp can rival mainstream anti-inflammatories on safety and efficacy. Stay tuned for groundbreaking research findings and first-to-market product formulations from our hardworking team.

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