Polyphenols are a class of compounds containing a benzene ring bound with one or more hydroxyl groups. These compounds have been analyzed with a number of methods, including a tyrosinase biosensor, Folin Ciocalteu assay, and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) ( Carini and others 1998 ; Chandra and De Mejia Gonzalez 2004 ; Dall'Orto 2005 ). With these analyses it has been shown that the variety of Mate, degree of milling, and blending with other teas determine the concentration of polyphenols extracted in an infusion. On average, the amount of polyphenols extracted from Mate tea is 92 mg equivalents of chlorogenic acid per gram of dry leaves, with blended teas having significantly less ( Dall'Orto 2005 ). The polyphenol concentration of Mate has also shown a strong correlation to its overall antioxidant capacity ( Chandra and De Mejia Gonzalez 2004 ). Mate showed a slightly higher polyphenol concentration, ± mg chlorogenic acid/mL water extract, than green tea, ± mg chlorogenic acid/mL water extract. This correlates to a higher antioxidant capacity for Mate, ± % inhibition of free radical, than green tea, ± % inhibition of free radical, when the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrayl (DPPH) method was used ( Bastos and others 2007 ). Furthermore, the amount of polyphenols extracted from Mate is affected by the extraction method used, that is, water or organic solvent, with 50% acetone extraction yielding the highest amount of polyphenols ( Turkmen and others 2006 ).
So this only exposes the tip of the ice burg. Plastics are like a plague on our health as you already know.
With the over 40 male crowd not only is there an increase in male infertility but (and fairly recently discovered and now just starting to get attention) there is a huge increase with the male population around the world having problems with increasing levels of (sex hormone binding globulin)
This is is what regulates our testosterone in our bodies.
Plastics wreak havoc on our hormonal health and to add insult to injury many men that are having symptoms of low testosterone that are tested for low testosterone still show normal levels and are then misdiagnosed as having depression or some other psychological problem and treated for something that they don’t have.
This is not being studied that much and most general practitioners know nothing about it but it is going to be epidemic in the near future.
Increased lowers free testosterone by binding to serum testosterone and rendering it useless to the body. This allows the body to be estrogen dominant so that combined with the estrogen’s we get from plastics is devastating to men. This opens up a whole other world of health risks as a man ages. Hormone replacement will do nothing for it because the body just keeps binding the testosterone as it is added. is the bodies own way of regulating our hormones but with all the environmental intrusions on our bodies our natural systems no longer know what to do. Food for thought, we ain’t seen anything yet!!
In my book To Burn or Not to Burn – Fat is the Question , I compare your metabolism to a fireplace. You basically create a fire burning three different types of wood; twigs (sugars/carbohydrates), small branches (lean muscle/protein) and big logs (stored fat). God designed your body this way.
The similarity is that you can create a roaring fire, a lot of energy, by always burning twigs and small branches (carbs and proteins). Unfortunately, you can burn through them pretty quickly. This is why people become irritable, lightheaded, moody or start craving things – they burned through all their available carbs and protein. This causes their blood sugar to drop very quickly, which makes them want to eat every few hours.