Cheat death with polyphenols micronutrient magic

Slowing down the hands of time is not only possible; it’s so much easier than you could ever imagine. And the key to performing this incredible anti-aging feat lies, as it so often does, in nature.

Now you’ve probably heard of polyphenols before. And you might even know that they’re supposed to be good for you. But, if you’re like most folks, you probably don’t know much else about them… and for good reason.

You see, the truth is, scientists and nutritionists didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about them, either, until less than 10 years ago. And that’s because there’s such a wide variety of them (over 8000!), and their chemical structure is incredibly complex.

“Slow down time” with polyphenols

Polyphenols are micronutrients that we obtain through our diet. Plants produce them naturally as a defense against ultraviolet radiation or aggressive pathogens. And we now know that they can protect us as well.

They act as antioxidants in our bodies, shielding us against the damaging free radicals and inflammation that can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and more. In other words, they essentially help us slow down time by sidestepping the devastating diseases of aging that send us hurtling faster and faster towards our own demise.

Polyphenols are found in abundance in fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee and red wine. And if you’re eating a lot of those foods you may be getting enough of these important nutrients to slow aging down until it’s practically creeping along like molasses in January.

(For more on the polyphenols found in tea, and how they could help you avoid diabetes click here to go to the NorthStar blog.)

But the problem is, until very recently, we really didn’t know just how much “enough” actually was. And worse, as a result we had no way of knowing if people were getting anywhere near what they needed. (Although judging by the average American’s junk-food-based diet I think we can safely say that it’s not likely.)

Heck, we didn’t even know how much the average person was taking in. So, as you can imagine, that made it tough to “prove” just how valuable polyphenols actually are.

Slash premature death risk by 30%!

But that’s when some brilliant researchers stepped in to save the day. A multinational team of scientists recently proved that polyphenols could slash your risk of a premature death by a mind-blowing 30 percent!

The long-term study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, tracked 807 seniors for up to twelve years. Using urine tests, the researchers were able to pinpoint how many polyphenols their volunteers were eating. And using that data they were able to figure out exactly how many polyphenols are needed to have your best chance of cheating Father Time.

It turns out the magic number is at least 650 milligrams of polyphenols every day.

The problem, of course, is figuring out if you’re getting enough of these micronutrients… and the right kinds of them… in your daily diet. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of tea, coffee and red wine is a great start.

But if you don’t… or can’t… always make the right dietary choices, getting enough polyphenols from what you eat can be a real challenge… or even impossible. That’s when a quality polyphenol-rich antioxidant supplement can come in handy.

Look for supplements that say “anti-aging” on the label, or in the description, and ones that list fruits or vegetables in the ingredient list.  And if the bottle contains words like green tea, grape seed, Resveratrol and Astaxanthin, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ve got your hands on a strong antioxidant formula.