Poly-what, you might ask? It’s not exactly a household name, so you’re excused for not being familiar with the wonders of polyphenols. Polyphenols are simply the micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They are natural compounds guarding the plants against damage and have powerful antioxidant properties with potential health benefits for us humans too. The Mediterranean super food – pure, extra virgin olive oil – is packed with polyphenols.
Let’s hear it for polyphenols. The secret weapon in nature’s liquid gold.
Polyphenols are known for their role in protecting the body against oxidative stress set off by environmental stressors such as pollution and fried food causing free radicals to form in our bodies. Antioxidants can neutralize these harmful free radicals and keep them from damage our cells. One way to increase the content of antioxidants in your body is by eating more fruit, green vegetables, food with fibers and extra virgin olive oil. But it’s a tall order and most of us manage a daily nutritional intake that is less than half of the recommended amount.
Polyphenols give your fruits and veggies their deep color too
It might also be useful to know there are more than 8 000 types of polyphenols around, including flavonoids and phenolic acids. The latter is found in high concentration in seeds and skins of fruits and the leaves of vegetables. Flavonoids are the most abundant group of polyphenols in the human diet, and they are also responsible for giving fruits, vegetables and flowers their deep colors. You find flavonoids in onion, blueberries, broccoli, strawberries, grapes and red cabbage. The amount and type of polyphenols in foods depend on the food, including its origin, ripeness, and how it was farmed, transported, stored and prepared.
The essence of the Mediterranean diet in a bottle
There’s one food source with an exceptionally high number of polyphenols, one that is also one of nature’s richest sources of fats – hence the nickname liquid gold. Extra virgin olive oil is known as the Mediterranean super food, packed with polyphenols that are present in olive pulp and, following pressing, pass into the oil. This is why the process of making extra virgin olive oil is so important and why you should make sure to only pick extra virgin olive oil that is the real deal, made according to the same basic procedure that has been around for thousands of years: Harvest the olives, wash them, crush them into a paste, separate the solids from the liquid and further separate the water from the oil with no chemicals or solvents used, making sure the highest level of polyphenols is kept intact.
Make the connection between olive oil, fish oil and polyphenols
So, now you know that pure extra virgin olive oil made the right way is an effective source of natural antioxidants, also known as polyphenols. You know that not all extra virgin olive oils are created equal and that you should always reach for the one marked with ‘high phenolic olive oil’ on the label, as this tells you it’s full of essential polyphenols. Read more about the delicate process behind real extra virgin olive oil and the revolutionary newcomer that contains bioactive antioxidants 30 times higher than regular olive oil here.
The test-based Polyphenol Omega Balance food supplement
There are also great and relatively unknown benefits of combining polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil with fish oil – a traditional supplement with Omega-3’s. These are essential fatty acids that our bodies can’t produce on their own and mostly found in a range of fatty fish. As most of us aren’t consuming enough of these essential acids, we should aim for a two-pronged approach that incorporates an Omega-3 Polyphenol-rich supplement.
BalanceOil+ is an all-natural Polyphenol Omega Balance food supplement unlike anything else that sits in the market because of its unique combination of olive polyphenols; Omega-3, and Vitamin D3. *It safely adjusts and maintains EPA + DHA levels and the Omega-6:3 Balance in your body while protecting your cells from oxidation. It contains a premium blend of oils derived from wild-caught small fish and pre-harvest extra virgin olive oil. You can read more about the health benefits that will re-balance your body here.
Take the BalanceTest first to work out your current Omega-6:3 ratio and then again after 120 days to track your progress. The detailed readings of your fatty acid profile will serve as a benchmark measure for a Health Protocol, a targeted personalized nutrition plan that maps your unique needs according to your body’s Omega-6:3 ratio.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.