Health

Glycolysis involved in immunosuppression by polyphenol

Known as the French paradox, a low incidence of coronary heart disease despite substantial intake of saturated fats is thought to be due to a diet rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are abundant in plant based foods such as ...

Health

The health benefits of dark chocolate

It's no secret that Australians love chocolate, with studies having shown an average of almost 5kg eaten per person per year.

Inflammatory disorders

What foods can help fight the risk of chronic inflammation?

A new study by the University of Liverpool's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has identified food stuffs that can help prevent chronic inflammation that contributes to many leading causes of death.

Overweight & Obesity

Dietary polyphenols don't provide much CV benefit in metabolic sx

(HealthDay)—Supplementation with polyphenols does not strongly protect against cardiovascular diseases among patients with metabolic syndrome (MetS), according to a review published online April 15 in Obesity Reviews.

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Polyphenol

Polyphenols (noun, pronunciation of the singular /pɑli'finəl/ or /pɑli'fɛnəl/) are a structural class of natural, synthetic, and semisynthetic organic chemicals characterized by the presence of large multiples of phenol structural units (right). The number and characteristics of these phenol structures underlie the unique physical, chemical, and biological (metabolic, toxic, therapeutic, etc.) properties of particular members of the polyphenol class. The name derives from poly-, from the ancient Greek word πολύς (polus, meaning “many, much”) and the word phenol which refers to a chemical structure formed by attaching to an aromatic benzenoid (phenyl) ring, an hydroxyl (-OH) group akin to that found in alcohols (hence the "-ol" suffix). The term polyphenol appears to have been in use since 1894.

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