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At our functional medicine Toronto practice, it’s not uncommon for us to recommend polyphenols to patients. After all, these compounds are connected to a wide variety of health benefits!
So, what exactly are polyphenols? These are plant-based molecules with antioxidant properties. As antioxidants, they’re able to nullify free radicals that are known to trigger cellular damage.
Scientists are aware of the importance of polyphenols – especially how these compounds can aid in preventing chronic disease – through countless studies: “The chief reason for this interest is the recognition of the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, their great abundance in our diet, and their probable role in the prevention of various diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases,” explains an article from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In this blog post, we highlight how these compounds can benefit your health status:
Taking polyphenols for optimal function
Truly, polyphenols can offer enrichment to our long-term health. So how can they be consumed? At our Toronto practice, a functional medicine practitioner can guide you on adding them to your diet and/or supplemental regime. Some foods known to be rich in polyphenols include: berries, olive oil, black currants, beans, spinach, black and green tea, and nuts. Note: some polyphenol supplements might interact or impede on iron and folate absorption. Our healthcare providers can help determine if polyphenol supplements are suited for you using the functional medicine model. Continue reading to learn how to book your first session.
About our clinical practice
Rallying optimal function for our daily lives can be challenging – and we recognize this. We address each patient as a unique entity, so your medical history, lifestyle and environmental factors are considered for tackling the root of your health conditions. Our clinical care may be applied to a wide range of health concerns, such as: digestive issues, infertility, acid reflux, sexual health, sleep issues, body aches, chronic symptoms, celiac disease, and other concerns. Functional medicine testing is also available to identify nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and more.
Our patient care embraces integrative medicine, which combines different therapies to support optimal health. Our patients can access allopathic treatments (Western medicine), Traditional Chinese Medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, IV therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and other modalities.
Unlock your potential with our integrative approaches to health! Become a new functional medicine Toronto patient today – click here to request a session with us.
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Disclaimer: The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website.
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