Evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and phytochemicals including phenolics, flavonoids and carotenoids from fruits and vegetables may play a key role in reducing chronic disease risk. Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. In the laboratory, apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, inhibit cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants. The phytochemical composition of apples varies greatly between different varieties of apples, and there are also small changes in phytochemicals during the maturation and ripening of the fruit. Storage has little to no effect on apple phytochemicals, but processing can greatly affect apple phytochemicals.
Apple polyphenols are a very common chemical now, they have various potential health benefits. Because most of them are found in the peel, it’s easier to obtain these benefits by eating apples unpeeled. Next, this article will introduce the sources, benefits and products of apple polyphenols.
Polyphenols are organic compounds found in fruits and vegetables. These secondary plant metabolites can be categorized as flavonoids and non-flavonoids. Apple polyphenols exert their potential health benefits through their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Although they are also found in the apple flesh, the highest polyphenol content is found in the apple peel.
Benefits of apple polyphenols:
(1) Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, decrease the risk of chronic diseases, sunch as cardiovascular diseases, cancer
(2) May help with blood sugar control
(3) May lower blood fat levels
(4) May improve physical performance
At present, products containing apple polyphenols are already very common on the market. Below we have listed 5 products.
Company: Life Extension
Ingredients: vegetable cellulose (capsule), rice flour, vegetable stearate, apple polyphenol
Netizens comment on this product differently. Tad Taylor said “I have a strong family history of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I take this and one other supplement, my blood work is consitently within normal limits.” Some people say that he has been taking this medicine without other side effects, and of course there are a few people who say that this medicine has no effect.
Company: Houston Enzymes
Ingredients: Enzyme Blend: Xylanase and CeraCalase. Other Ingredients: Vegetable capsule (cellulose and water), cellulose and Medium Chain Triglycerides, polyphenols
It can be seen from the ingredient list that this product is very natural and does not have any side effects on the human body. Some people think that it tastes good and is taken every day. In addition to this, some netizens feel that their bodies are getting better or worse because they also think that it is because of the effectiveness of polyphenols.
Ingredients: carrot, organic apple peel, grape skin extract, grape seed extract, berberine hydrochloride.
Gundry Reds Polyphenol is soy-free, sugar-free, artificial sweetener-free, and lectin-free. It contains only 100% natural ingredients. Many people think it is very safe for this product, but because this product does not add any other ingredients, some people think that the taste is not good. But many people use this product to condition their bodies, because there are other natural nutrients besides polyphenols.
Ingredients: Resveratrol (Polygonum cuspidatum root extract) 5 mg ,Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose (plant fiber), gelatin, magnesium stearate, apple polyphenol
For this product, because there are fewer online sales, there are relatively few reviews that can be found, but most netizens gave a 5 star rating and commented that this product is very satisfactory in terms of taste and function . Only one netizen thinks that this product is too expensive and has no effect.
Ingredients: Extract of apple standardised to 80 % polyphenols and 5 % phloridzin 600 mg Other ingredients : Magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide.
Because supersmart is a relatively powerful company, netizens are very partial to the company’s products. Supersmart’s product classification is clear. For apple polyphenol products, they add very few other nutrients. Therefore, netizens believe that the goal of this product is very clear, people can see his efficacy at a glance, and the price is cheap. Although the taste is slightly worse, most netizens think it is very good.
Because many factors affect apple polyphenols, the concentration of apple polyphenols varies greatly between different products. Usually processed apple peel retains the activity of its phenolic and flavonoid compounds, but part of the activity is also inactivated during processing. Therefore, at present, different companies have chosen to use value-added ingredients with effective antioxidant activity to ensure the activity of polyphenols in products.