Polyphenols: Antioxidants and Beyond

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Augustin Scalbert, Ian T Johnson, and Mike Saltmarsh  (Download PDF)
ABSTRACT

Research on the effects of dietary polyphenols on human health has developed considerably in the past 10 y. It strongly supports a role for polyphenols in the prevention of degenerative diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and cancers. The antioxidant properties of polyphenols have been widely studied, but it has become clear that the mechanisms of action of polyphenols go beyond the modulation of oxidative stress. This supplemental issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published on the occasion of the 1st International Conference on Polyphenols and Health, offers an overview of the experimental, clinical, and epidemiologic evidence of the effects of polyphenols on health. Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 81(suppl):215S–7S.