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Most of us want to live long, healthy lives, get as old as we possibly can; but just not look like it! While we can't stop the march of time, there are simple things we can do to help us look younger and feel better as we cross off the days, weeks, and years.

Polyphenols are naturally-occurring plant compounds that protect plants from the harmful biochemical reactions known as oxidation. Most diseases are associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. With the delivery of highly beneficial antioxidant properties, Polyphenols help to keep your body in check by scavenging the free radicals before they get too out of hand. Excessive free radicals can lead to a wide range of conditions, including inflammation and premature aging. Western lifestyles that are sedentary, full of non-nutritional foods, and exposed to external toxins can create more of these free radicals than our bodies can handle.

Laboratory studies of different polyphenols such as, green tea polyphenols, grape seed proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, silymarin and genistein, conducted in animal models on UV-induced skin inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage, suggested that these polyphenols, combined with sunscreen protection, have the ability to protect the skin from the adverse effects of UV radiation, including the risk of skin cancers.

Here are some foods high in polyphenols that can help

your body fight aging.

Tea — protection from UV damage, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, decreases signs of skin damage from the sun

Caffeine — fights UVB radiation, fights sunburn cells, strong source of antioxidants

Coffeeberry — skin rejuvenation, improves the appearance of wrinkles,

Peppermint — enhanced cognitive effects, anti-inflammatory

Curcumin — helps boost collagen fiber production (meaning healthier skin), anti-inflammatory

Red Wine — boost collagen fiber production, cardioprotective and neuroprotective

Cocoa — fight oxidative stress, enhance memory capabilities

Berries — prevent and reverse memory issues


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