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Polyphenols: Plant Foods’ Superpower

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What makes the Mediterranean Diet so healthy? What exactly makes superfoods super? The answer — at least in part — is polyphenols.

What are polyphenols?

Polyphenols are healthful compounds found in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, red wine, and extra virgin olive oil.
 
They’re a diverse bunch. Polyphenols form the largest family of phyto-nutrients found in nature, with more than 8,000 separate compounds. This huge family has many different sub-groups: flavanals, flavonols, anthocyanins, anthocyanidins, flavones, isoflavones and chalcones are all part of the clan.  

How do they work at such a low dosage?

Not only do we take in relatively small amounts of polyphenols, we don’t even absorb much of those we eat. Surprisingly, only 10% of polyphenols are absorbed in the small intestine. The mystery is: How do they convey so many great health benefits at such low doses? The answer lies in the magic of the gut (specifically, your gut architecture and lumen environment, which is the “inner sanctum” of your gut). Ninety to 95% of the polyphenols you eat travel to your large intestine, where they’re digested. But not by you — by your gut microbiota.
 
Inside your large intestine, microbes ferment the polyphenols and break them down into smaller bits that are easier for your colon wall to absorb. Then your body takes it from there, distributing these tiny-but-powerful compounds to distant sites throughout your body.
 

Microbiota Task #2: Immune Support

We are only now starting to discover all the amazing ways that polyphenols can support healthy gut architecture and function. While you’re carrying on with your life, here’s what they’re up to:
 
  • Regulating important immune markers to help keep you well
  • Providing a nutrient source for bacteria to increase the numbers of good guys in your gut while decreasing the bad
  • Improving the efficacy of probiotics
  • Acting against harmful bacteria to boost immunity
  • Activating your master metabolic switch called AMPK, which regulates how your cells process energy and can help improve metabolism.
  • Providing powerful antioxidant capacity to protect your core gut architecture
  • Reinforcing your gut barrier that keeps bacteria, toxins and food particles inside of your gut and outside of your bloodstream
  • Increasing the protective layer of mucus on the surface of your gut to keep your gut healthy 
  • Helping ferment fiber to make it more bioavailable, and possibly reducing negative side effects from consuming fiber
  • Stimulating the production of beneficial compounds made by your gut bacteria called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs)
Previlli™ is the only gut health product that provides a polyphenol buffet to support all of these critical gut functions. 

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