Phenols, also known as “polyphenols” or “phenolics” are a remarkable group of substances found in fruits, potatoes, garlic, brown rice, some nuts, and green tea.

Phenols are powerful antioxidants, and may help guard against cancer by neutralizing certain carcinogens, suppressing the promotion of activated cells, and increasing the production of natural detoxifying substances (such as the powerful detoxifer glutathione).

There are over 200 phenols, with names such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, cinamic acid, ellagic acid, ferulic acid, and gallotannic acid.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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