Written by Coleen Janeway, beauty and wellness expert
I love plants and the power they provide to fuel your body. I particularly live for drinkable sources as my personal lifestyle is active and on the go.
Polyphenols are phytochemicals, meaning compounds found abundantly in natural plant food sources having antioxidant properties. Did you know? There are over 8,000 identified polyphenols found in foods such as tea, wine, chocolates, fruits, vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil, just to name a few.
Polyphenols play an important role in maintaining your health and wellness.
Antioxidants as a group help protect the cells in your body from free radical damage, thereby controlling the rate at which you age. My moto: Age Less If your cells are protected then the assumption is there will be less inflammatory response in your body creating a healthier you!
Polyphenols give fruits, berries, and vegetables their vibrant colors, and contribute to the bitterness, astringency, flavor, aroma, and oxidative stability of the food. In the plant, they protect against ultraviolet radiation, pathogens, oxidative damage, and harsh climatic conditions.
One of my favorite everyday luxury is the ritual of having a cup of tea. My green tea recommendations are below. They are considered to be super polyphenols, they are anti-inflammatory, and taste great!
4 different benefits of green tea:
- Insulin regulator - helps maintain glucose in you body
- Burns fat
- Increases metabolism
- Packed with antioxidants
Hōjicha (ほうじ茶) is distinguished from other Japanese green teas because it is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. The tea is fired at high temperature, altering the leaf colour tints from green to reddish-brown. The roasted flavors predominate this blend.
Gunpowder Green Tea-is a classic green tea from China. Tea is made up of leaves hand-rolled into tiny pellets, resembling gunpowder. The tea has a hint of smokiness but leaves a smooth aftertaste. Due to its shape, gunpowder green tea is very appealing and easy to infuse.
Green Silk Maofeng-This tea is a great example of a fine tasting tea with "minimalist" and "simple" processing. The leaves are simply plucked and dried making it one of the most prominent green teas available. The tea features many silver tips among the silky skinny dried leaves.