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  • Megan Vogias, MA Ed

Study finds potential benefits of polyphenols in plant based diet on Covid-19

Polyphenols found in plant foods can have strong protective benefits against inflammation post Covid infection.

What are polyphenols? A class of compounds that are found in many plant foods. To date the scientific community has identified more than 8,000 different types from stretching from various fruits, vegetables, and even teas. Most of the polyphenols are working in your body as antioxidants combatting and preventing diseases such as diabetes and cancers.

A study in the Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry evaluated whether polyphenolic plant compounds found in a healthy plant strong diet may have an impact on COVID-19 inflammation. "The current evidence supports the potential benefits that hydroxytyrosol, resveratrol, flavanols such as quercetin, flavanols like catechins, and flavanones on the order of naringenin could have on COVID-19," researchers wrote.

Foods rich in these nutrients


  • Onions

  • Hot peppers

  • Kale, broccoli

  • Rutabagas

  • Spinach

  • Lettuce

  • Tomatoes

  • Celery


  • Apples

  • Apricots

  • Blackberries

  • Black grapes

  • Cherries

  • Pears

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

Full Story: News Medical (11/15)

For more information on foods rich in polyphenols view this list from the Oxford University Press.

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