Otręba M(1), Kośmider L(2), Rzepecka-Stojko A(1). Author information:
(1)Department of Drug Technology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in
Sosnowiec, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Jednosci 8, 41-200
(2)Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences in Sosnowiec, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Jagiellonska
4, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland.
According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 31% of global deaths. A reduction in mortality can be achieved by promoting a healthy lifestyle, developing prevention strategies, and developing new therapies. Polyphenols are present in food and drinks such as tea, cocoa, fruits, berries, and vegetables. These compounds have strong antioxidative properties, which might have a cardioprotective effect. The aim of this paper is to examine the potential of polyphenols in cardioprotective use based on in vitro human and rat cardiomyocytes as well as fibroblast research. Based on the papers discussed in this review, polyphenols have the potential for cardioprotective use due to their multilevel points of action which include, among others, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic, and vasodilatory. Polyphenols may have potential use in new and effective preventions or therapies for cardiovascular diseases, yet more clinical studies are needed.
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