Phenolic compounds are molecules that are fairly similar to terpenes and cannabinoids that are synthesized by plants. These compounds are found in more than 10,000 structures. A few notable ones are phenolic acids, lignanamides, and flavonoids. In cannabis sativa, there are around 20 different flavonoids.
Cannflavin A and cannflaving B are specific to cannabis. Phenolic compounds are known to have various properties that have been revealed to be antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective in nature. They even have a use in treating certain types of cancer. The compounds are used in determining the quality of a plant, down to its color and flavor.
The specific ratio of phenolic compounds, terpenes, and cannabinoids in a cannabis plant all contribute to the overall potency and effects it will have when it is consumed. Phenolic compounds are considered to be a very big category of plant secondary metabolites. In the field of plant based foods, phenolic compounds are responsible for the color of red fruits, wines, and juices.
They are known to be responsible for the health benefits that are found in so many fruits and vegetables. Some of the various fruits and vegetables that contain phenolic compounds are cherries, apples, oranges, grapes, berries, peaches, and tomatoes. Phenolic compounds receive much interest because of their beneficial effects on many diseases. Oxidative stress has been revealed to contribute to the occurrence of cancer and many other health conditions. Phenolic compounds can inhibit the oxidative damage that can be done to the body.
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I like to eat a diet high in many different fruits and vegatables because the phenolic compounds in them can contribute to a healthier body and reduction in the chances of getting certain types of cancer. Phenolic compounds are also an antioxidant which you can never get enough of.