National Polyphenol Day on July 11 is a day dedicated to polyphenols, which is a type of micronutrient found in plants. These micronutrients work as natural energy boosters and can give a variety of health benefits as well as protection from aging-related damage. Extra-virgin olive oil, dark chocolate, and dark-colored fruits like pomegranates and chokeberries are examples of polyphenol-rich foods. A diet rich in polyphenols is recommended by Dr. Steven Gundry, a distinguished cardiovascular surgeon who specializes in nutrition and the treatment of aged people. Supported mental clarity and a healthy heart are two potential benefits of a polyphenol-rich diet.
History of National Polyphenol Day
The word ‘polyphenol’ comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘polus,’ which means ‘many.’ The term phenol refers to a chemical structure that is created by adding a hydroxyl group to an aromatic benzenoid ring. Since at least 1894, the term polyphenol has been in use. In 2021, the Gundry MD team declared July 11 to be National Polyphenol Day in celebration of the company’s founder, Dr. Steven Gundry’s birthday.
Gundry was born on July 11, 1950. In the 1990s, he worked on cardiac surgery research. Gundry received a B.A. from Yale University in 1972 and a medical doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia in 1977. Gundry wrote over 300 articles and filed multiple medical device patents during his time as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He founded the International Heart & Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California, in 2002, as a transition from his position as Clinical Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Seventh-day Adventist Loma Linda University School of Medicine to private practice.
Dr. Gundry established Gundry MD in 2016 as a wellness blog, YouTube channel, and supplement firm to help individuals regain their health. The purpose of National Polyphenol Day is to raise awareness and educate people about the amazing benefits of polyphenols.
National Polyphenol Day timeline
The term ‘polyphenol’ is first used.
Dr. Gundry establishes Gundry MD.
Dr. Grundy launches a book about the benefits of plants, especially polyphenols, titled “The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age.”
Gundry MD declares July 11 as National Polyphenol Day.
National Polyphenol Day FAQs
What foods have the most polyphenols?
Black beans and white beans have the highest number of polyphenols.
Do polyphenols exist in coconut oil?
Polyphenols are found in virgin coconut oil.
How many polyphenols should you take daily?
Aim for taking at least 0.035 ounces of polyphenols per day.
National Polyphenol Day Activities
Share on social media
The day's activity can be followed on the Gundry MD Instagram account. You can use the hashtag #PolyphenolDay in your social media posts.
Take a shot of olive oil
One of the doctor's recommendations is to take a shot of polyphenol-rich olive oil. So, bottoms up!
Prepare Dr. Gundry's Polyphenol salad
The recipe for Dr. Grundy's famed polyphenol salad can be found on the Grundy MD website. Combine the salad and dressing in a bowl and serve with a glass of red wine.
5 Interesting Facts About Polyphenols
Over 4,000 varieties
There are over 4,000 varieties of polyphenols.
Protection for plants
Polyphenols are a type of environmental protection used by plants.
It nourishes intestinal bacteria
Polyphenols help the microbiome by nourishing the healthy bacteria in our intestines.
Polyphenols make fruits bitter
The higher the polyphenol concentration, the darker or more bitter the fruit or vegetable.
Cloves are polyphenol-rich
Cloves have the largest amount of polyphenols of any food seasonings.
Why We Love National Polyphenol Day
They are found in nature
You don't need to spend a fortune to enjoy the benefits of polyphenols; fruits and vegetables, as well as red wine, tea, and coffee, are all excellent sources. Some of these can be found in your own homes.
Polyphenols help to prevent cancer
Plant-based diets have been linked to a lower risk of cancer in numerous studies. Polyphenols contain potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to prevent cancer.
It helps to maintain a healthy digestive system
Polyphenols encourage the growth of healthy gut bacteria while inhibiting the growth of dangerous bacteria. Green tea polyphenols may aid in the battle against dangerous germs and improve peptic ulcer and inflammatory bowel disease symptoms.
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