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Polyphenols are antioxidant chemicals you need to protect your cells from free radical damage and prevent heart disease, cancer and dementia. Also, if you live in a heavily polluted city, polyphenols can help your body against the free radicals. According to nutritionist Priya Kathpal, here are a few foods you should be eating to load up on polyphenols.
Cloves: The flavourful seasoning clove has one of the highest polyphenol content. So do not refrain from adding cloves to your curries, baked goods or chai.
Green tea: It is a no brainer that tea has the maximum antioxidant benefits. However, prefer green tea over black tea for all the polyphenol benefits.
Not many people know that oranges contain high levels of calcium. Eating just one orange has over 70mg of calcium, ensuring that you receive six per cent of your calcium intake for the day, as well as a great boost of vitamin C, in just one snack, noted Harju-Westman.
Cherries: Cherries are not only sweet but are also rich in polyphenols. So cherries can fight the free radical damage to slow down ageing.
Cocoa: While you should avoid the high sugar chocolate bars, anything above 90 percent dark chocolate can provide you with all the polyphenol benefits.
Apple: Eating an apple along with its skin can provide you with a lot of polyphenols. In fact, you will get five times the polyphenols than you would by eating just the flesh of the apple.
Red onions: Red onions contain potent polyphenols. So you can liberally add onions to your salad and raita.