I originally titled today’s piece Eat More Flavonoid Rich Foods To Live Longer, Better
Allow me to explain why.
Flavonoids are family of antioxidants that are, as rated by the Dietary Inflammatory Index [DII], considered among the most potent anti-inflammatory compounds in existence.
These makes them instantly intriguing, but recently published work out of the Journal Of Translational Medicine took my interest in flavonoids to the next level when they found that biological aging, as calculated using 30+ blood biomarkers, was actually lowest in the people who ate the most flavonoid rich foods.
Let’s take a closer look at major claims about flavonoids that might help explain these findings.
Claim #1 – Eat More Flavonoid-Rich Foods To Live Better
I make this claim because there is evidence to suggest that the incorporation of flavonoid rich foods may improve mental health.
“A meta-analysis of 36 clinical trials involving a total of 2788 participants was showed a statistically significant effect of flavonoids on depressive symptoms.”
Claim #2 – Eat More Flavonoid Rich Foods To Live Longer
Multiple observational studies have demonstrated that individuals who consume more flavonoid rich foods tend to be at lower risk of death/disease – particularly cardiovascular disease & cancer.
“These findings highlight the potential to reduce mortality through recommendations to increase intakes of flavonoid-rich foods, particularly in smokers and high alcohol consumers.”
Claim #3 – Eat More Flavonoid Rich Foods To Slow Cognitive Decline
In a study published earlier this month it was demonstrated that older adults (60+) with higher flavonoid intakes retained better cognitive function and memory as they aged over a 7 year study period.
“[D]ietary intakes of total flavonols and several flavonol constituents may be associated with slower decline in global cognition and multiple cognitive abilities with older age”
Claim #4 – Eat More Flavonoid Rich Foods To Slow Skin Aging
Skin aging, appearance and wrinkle formation is significantly related to one’s dietary choices over time, with flavonoids emerging as significant candidates to maintain skin youthfulness and vitality.
“There is growing evidence to suggest that flavonoids can slow down or even prevent aging-associated deterioration of skin appearance and function by targeting specific cellular pathways”
There Are 6 Types Of Flavonoids To Choose From
Can you eat at least one food from each subgroup of flavonoids daily?
I bet you can.
I’ve made it easier for you via the infographics below.
Apples, pecans and cocoa also contain flavanols
Flavones are also found in artichoke and green pepper.
DYK – Eating more anthocyanins (above) and isoflavones (below) may reduce your risk of fatty liver disease?
Final Thoughts, Want To Optimize Your Diet?
Are you at a good place with your nutrition, but eager to elevate yourself to leverage the benefits of flavonoid-rich foods?
I can help you foster a style of eating that is rich in these beneficial compounds that will surely elevate your health.
Reach out today to learn how.
Andy De Santis RD MPH