Polyphenols in the diet: friend or foe?
Hooper, B. and Frazier, R. (2012) Polyphenols in the diet: friend or foe? Nutrition Bulletin, 37 (4). pp. 297-308. ISSN 1467-3010
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-3010.2012.02001.x
Polyphenols are suggested to have human health benefits, yet debate still exists over their value in the diet. This review examines their efficacy and the effect of structural diversity on their reactivity and any implications this may have with respect to possible unfavourable adverse effects. We propose that polyphenols are of benefit to humans through dietary consumption, yet care should be taken over excessive consumption, particularly in some subgroups of the population, e.g. those on certain medications because of complex nutrient–drug interactions. Pharmaceutical application should be avoided until there is greater understanding of absorption and behaviour of polyphenols within the body.