Polyphenol consumption in adolescents is associated with better cardiovascular health

The consumption of polyphenols in adolescents is associated with better cardiovascular health, according to a collaborative study in which the University of Barcelona, the Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS, the Center for Biomedical Research Network on Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBEROBN), the Center for Biomedical Research Network on Cardiovascular Diseases (CIBERCV) and the SHE Foundation have participated

“From the results of this study, we observed that a higher excretion of polyphenols in urine is linearly associated with a higher cardiovascular health index in adolescents (11 and 14 years), especially in children. This cardiovascular health index is defined by the criteria established by the American Heart Association (AHA), which considers seven variables: body mass index, physical activity, smoking, diet, blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood glucose”

Until now, there have been few studies on polyphenol intake in children and adolescents. As this stage of life is critical and compromises the cardiovascular health of adulthood, the findings presented in this work are relevant to encourage future studies, as well as to develop clinical trials to confirm the effect and dose-response relationship of polyphenols on cardiovascular health since childhood

Within the framework of the study, the amount of polyphenols in the urine of 1,326 adolescents participating in the SI! Program (Salud Integral) of secondary schools in 24 schools in Madrid and Barcelona was analyzed

It is important to highlight that this work has been carried out with funding from La Caixa Foundation and La Marató de TV3 and has been recently published in the journal Scientific Reports

Reference article: Laveriano-Santos, E. P.; Arancibia-Riveros, C.; Parilli-Moser, I. et al. «Total urinary polyphenols and ideal cardiovascular health metrics in Spanish adolescents enrolled in the SI Program: a cross-sectional study». Scientific Reports, septiembre de 2022. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-19684-6