Polyphenols and Public Health

Kristen Conrad Marquardt, Ronald Ross Watson

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The general term polyphenols encompasses many chemicals with the same general structure. Polyphenols are complex antioxidants with increasing public health significance, particularly in the areas of nutrition, epidemiology, and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Consumption of foods containing polyphenolic compounds is common, as the chemical is in many recommended foods. Dietary supplements containing polyphenols are also currently marketed in the United States, though there are at present no governmental dietary recommendations for polyphenols. Increasing epidemiologic research will further the application of polyphenols in public health by providing evidence for dietary recommendations as well as the promotion of consumption to prevent current challenging diseases such as diabetes and various cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolyphenols in Chronic Diseases and their Mechanisms of Action
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780123984562
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Antioxidant
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epidemiology
  • Governmental regulations
  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition
  • Polyphenols
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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