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Polyphenols are powerful, biologically active agents and a flourishing topic of research. These phytochemicals derive from plant sources and include hundreds of compounds such as phenolic acids, flavonoids, lignans, and stilbenes. Studies highlight the micronutrients' ability to alleviate and prevent oxidative stress, a culprit behind many chronic diseases. Although the FDA has not designated a recommended daily value for polyphenol consumption, experts agree that the compounds, which are more concentrated in some foods than others, offer immense health protection.

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1. Pomegranates

Pomegranates derive their bright crimson color from polyphenols. The juice of this fruit is packed with this beneficial antioxidant. Many studies, including one published in Molecules in 2017, have linked this food's high level of polyphenols such as anthocyanins, tannins, urolithins to protective effects. These polyphenol compounds can guard against parasites, diabetes, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorders, and even cancer. One hundred mL of pure pomegranate juice contains 66 mg of polyphenols.

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