What Is Polyphenol? Olive Oil's Nutrient-Rich Secret Ingredient

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What Is Polyphenol? Olive Oil's Nutrient-Rich Secret Ingredient

Want to enjoy better heart health, reduce your risk of developing dementia, boost your immune system, limit your likelihood of developing diabetes or even lower your risk of getting cancer? Eat more polyphenols. These natural antioxidants — molecules that fight off disease-causing compounds in your body — have a wide variety of beneficial health effects. But just what are they, and how do you start getting more of them?

Polyphenols are found mainly in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and whole-grain products. You can also find them in many dietary and nutritional supplements. However, it’s generally best to obtain them by eating whole foods, which may contain different polyphenols that work more effectively to improve your health when consumed together. One of the best places to find them? Olive oil. Learn more about these helpful compounds and what makes olive oil such a rich source of polyphenols.