Published on: May 21, 2015
by Tim Sandle for Digital Journal:
Higher intake of flavonoids during midlife is associated with greater likelihood of health and well-being in people surviving to older ages, according to a new study.
Flavonoids are a class of plant secondary metabolites. The apparent health benefits have been known since the 1930s and for a time they were referred to as “Vitamin P.” In plants, flavonoids are the basis of plant pigments, for example producing yellow or red/blue pigmentation in petals designed to attract pollinator animals.
In relation to the reported health effects, flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits as well as the support of the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Now a new study suggests an intake of the chemicals helps with the aging process. A report conducted on behalf of the American Society for Nutrition concludes: “Higher intake of flavonoids at midlife, specifically flavones, flavanones, anthocyanins, and flavonols, is associated with greater likelihood of health and wellbeing in individuals surviving to older ages.”
With the study, researchers examined 13,818 women from the Nurses’ Health Study (U.S.), cross checking the health of the women with dietary data and major chronic diseases. The study focused on women aged in their late 50s. The survey took note of intakes of flavonoid-rich foods. The women were followed into their 70s. The results showed that those who survived until 70 years of age, or older, some 1,517 women were considered to have aged healthily. These women reported consuming a higher intake of several flavonoid products. Major sources of flavonoids were oranges, berries, onions, and apples.
The research has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The paper is headed “Dietary flavonoid intake at midlife and healthy aging in women.”
Thanks to the ongoing support of our partner Brain Canada, and The Citrine Foundation of Canada, Women’s Brain Health Initiative’s newest edition of MIND OVER MATTER has just been published. Loaded with interesting science-based articles, MIND OVER...
On December 2nd, in celebration of Women’s Brain Health Day, join thousands of others and take part in the Stand Ahead® Memory Challenge to stand up against research bias and stand ahead for women’s brain...
YOU’RE INVITED! On December 2nd, the second annual Women’s Brain Health Day, take the memory challenge and help us combat brain-aging diseases that disproportionately affect women. Join CTV’s Pattie Lovett-Reid and Anne-Marie Mediwake, along...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.