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What Are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are micronutrients that are abundantly found in plants. In fact, over 8,000 types of polyphenols have been identified.  Polyphenols are categorized into four main groups: flavonoids, phenolic acids, polyphenolic amides, and other polyphenols.  Considered to be antioxidants, polyphenols have a plethora of health benefits. As an antioxidant, polyphenols can help to protect your cells from damage. Polyphenols are also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which is significant as inflammation is believed to be the root cause of many chronic health conditions.  Studies show that polyphenols can help protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.  Consuming a diet high in polyphenols has been linked to enhanced digestion and brain functioning.  Some of the most well-known food sources of polyphenols include berries, dark chocolate and green tea.  

You may be wondering: Are polyphenols beneficial when it comes to skincare?  Studies show that using products that contain polyphenols can help protect your skin from sun damage.  Topical use of polyphenols has been linked to reversing signs of aging, including sunspots and wrinkles.  It is also believed that polyphenols can help protect your skin from environmental toxins, such as pollution and radiation.  

Edye’s Naturals products are all plant-oil based, making them naturally high in polyphenols.  

Let’s take a look at some of the plant-based oils used in Edye’s Naturals Products:

Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Extra-Virgin olive oil has a superior quantity of polyphenols compared to refined olive oils.  One polyphenol of note, hydroxytyrosol, is known for its ability to scavenge free radicals, helping to diminish cell damage. 

Organic Coconut Oil: Many benefits of coconut oil have been attributed to its polyphenol content, including reducing inflammation.  

Organic Grapeseed Oil: The polyphenols in grapeseed oil have been linked to fighting premature aging.  Some studies also show linoleic acid, one of the polyphenols found in grapeseed oil, has anti-inflammatory properties; making grapeseed oil potentially helpful in relieving eczema, rosacea, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions. 

Organic Camellia Oil: Did you know that this oil is derived from the tea plant?  Camellia oil is known for its high polyphenol content and antioxidant activity.  

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