The effect of dietary polyphenols on vascular health and hypertension: current evidence and mechanisms of action
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/3311
UNESCO SUBJECT: 3309.20 Propiedades de Los Alimentos ; 2302.90 Bioquímica de Alimentos ; 3207.04 Patología Cardiovascular
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
The aim of this review was to explore existing evidence from studies conducted on humans and summarize the mechanisms of action of dietary polyphenols on vascular health, blood pressure and hypertension. There is evidence that some polyphenol-rich foods, including berry fruits rich in anthocyanins, cocoa and green tea rich in flavan-3-ols, almonds and pistachios rich in hydroxycinnamic acids, and soy products rich in isoflavones, are able to improve blood pressure levels. A variety of mechanisms can elucidate the observed effects. Some limitations of the evidence, including variability of polyphenol content in plant-derived foods and human absorption, difficulty disentangling the effects of polyphenols from other dietary compounds, and discrepancy of doses between animal and human studies should be taken into account. While no single food counteracts hypertension, adopting a plant-based dietary pattern including a variety of polyphenol-rich foods is an advisable practice to improve blood pressure.
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