polyphenol

noun
poly·​phe·​nol | \ˌpä-lē-ˈfē-ˌnōl, -fi-ˈnōl\

Definition of polyphenol 

: a polyhydroxy phenol especially : an antioxidant phytochemical

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polyphenolic \ˌpä-​lē-​fi-​ˈnō-​lik, -​ˈnä-​ \ adjective

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The main active component of green tea, this anti-inflammatory polyphenol has been shown to reduce sun damage and slow signs of aging by neutralizing free radicals. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Whittel also recommends taking glow-boosting polyphenol supplements (such as berberine and curcumin). Gretchen Röehrs, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Reverse-Aging Diet (Yes, You Can Have Carbs)," 9 Mar. 2018 The polyphenol in mangos might be protective against certain types of cancer. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Ubiquitous mangos taste good - and are good for you, too," 29 June 2018 Vinson’s research has shown that a serving of popcorn contains roughly double the amount of polyphenols as a serving of fruit (although fruit may have different or more numerous amounts of other vitamins and healthy phytochemicals). Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: What’s the Healthiest Way to Make Popcorn?," 28 Mar. 2018 Research shows that grapes of all colors – red, green and black—are a natural source of beneficial components called polyphenols that contribute to a healthy heart and may also play a role in promoting brain health and healthy aging. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 desserts you won't believe are actually healthy," 8 Mar. 2018 Promote healthy digestion: Apple polyphenols and fiber may also bolster the microbiome in your gut. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Apples Are One of the Best Fruits You Can Possibly Eat," 23 Mar. 2018 The specific content of health-promoting polyphenols does vary by type (or cultivar) of apples, like Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Empire, or Golden Delicious. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Apples Are One of the Best Fruits You Can Possibly Eat," 23 Mar. 2018 The polyphenol-rich mangos have the added benefit of reducing intestinal inflammation. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Ubiquitous mangos taste good - and are good for you, too," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of polyphenol

1894, in the meaning defined above

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polyphenol

noun
poly·​phe·​nol | \ˌpäl-i-ˈfē-ˌnōl, -ˌnȯl, -fi-ˈ \

Medical Definition of polyphenol 

: a polyhydroxy phenol especially : an antioxidant phytochemical (as chlorogenic acid) that tends to prevent or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals

Other Words from polyphenol

polyphenolic \-​fi-​ˈnō-​lik, -​ˈnäl-​ik \ adjective

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