Polyphenols are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants. Currently research is being conducted on the numerous physiological functions of these organic chemicals. While the primary function of polyphenols is to act as defense compounds that protect plants from ultraviolet rays and pathogens, a small amount works as oligomers. The rest is polymerized into high molecular polyphenols over time. Though these polymers exhibit several beneficial effects in vitro (antimicrobial, anti-viral, anti-allergic, deodorant, and antioxidant), their low bio-absorption prevents these effects from being observed in clinical trials.
Oligonol, manufactured by Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd. (Main Office: Sapporo City), is the first product of its kind that features a low-molecular (oligomer) developed from a long-chain polymer. Due to its low molecular weight, Oligonol has been scientifically proven to exhibit an increased bioavailability, making it suitable for food, beverage, nutraceutical and cosmetic applications.
Physiological functions of Oligonol
- Inhibits the formation of lipid peroxides
Oligonol works to inhibit the formation of lipid peroxides, particularly in the brain and heart. This physiological function of Oligonol holds potential for use in preventing and treating dementia and heart disease (animal tests).
- Protects nerve cells (animal tests)
- Lowers blood-sugar levels (animal tests)
- Inhibits hemaglutination (human tests)