What are polyphenols?
Dietary polyphenols are natural compounds occurring in plants, including foods such as fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee and wine. Yep, you read that right: coffee and wine. Rejoice!
But here’s what’s really cool about polyphenols: not only are they naturally occurring in plant-based foods, research is proving that polyphenols act like a prebiotic, which both feeds your good bacteria and kills your bad bacteria. Here’s a research article about this if you’d like to dig deeper.
Recently, we implemented a new gut microbiome test in our office called the Gut Zoomer. With the Gut Zoomer, we are, for the first time, getting an extensive view of exactly what is living in a patient’s gut.
Not only is this test giving us information on bad bacteria, it’s telling us about any good bacteria a patient might be missing. This is important because bacteria helps control metabolism, cardiovascular health, and contributes to autoimmune conditions, diabetes, and brain health.