Eat Flavonoid Rich Foods To Improve Mental Health

I’ve 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.

Inflammation plays a massive role in both physical and mental health, which brings me to the theme of today’s article.

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.”

Antioxidants 2021

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.”

Nature Communications 2019

Reduce mortality through recommendations to increase flavonoid-rich food intake, yep – that’s where I come in.

Let’s get to the food stuff.

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.

Final Thoughts

Nutrition can get stale at times for some, so framing foods in new ways is one method I use to keep people engaged.

If today’s article has you feeling compelled to consume more flavonoid-rich foods, but you aren’t quite sure how to fit them all in – I can help.

Don’t hesitate to reach out about working together.

Until then,

Andy De Santis RD MPH