Flavonoids May Be ‘Important to Promoting Broad Health and Wellbeing’: Harvard study
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Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:26 AM

Higher intakes of flavonoid compounds in the diet during middle age may boost healthy aging in women, according to data from 1,517 women.  Women with the highest average intakes of flavones, flavanones, anthocyanins, and flavonols had the greatest odds of healthy aging, defined as “no major chronic diseases or major impairments in cognitive or physical function or mental health”.

The findings were further substantiated by consistent data from flavonoid-rich foods, including oranges, berries, onions, and apples.  “Flavonoids may contribute to reducing chronic diseases and maintaining physical, cognitive, and mental health with aging via their potential to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation, which are 2 general pathways underlying many age-related chronic diseases and health conditions,” they wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Our findings suggest that intake of dietary flavonoids at midlife may be related to improved odds of overall health and wellbeing in aging,” they wrote. “Because the avoidance of the spectrum of health conditions in aging may be of more importance to individuals than avoiding any single chronic disease, these findings could help the adherence to public health recommendations regarding diet quality.”

Source:  http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Flavonoids-may-be-important-to-promoting-broad-health-and-wellbeing-in-aging-Harvard-study