Thursday, December 30

Favonoids linked to sharper thinking and memory

Favonoids in fruits

According to July 28, 2021, Harvard study published online, in Neurology, flavonoids, the naturally occurring plant chemicals that give many fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors, may help protect memory. The researchers analyzed self-reported food and memory data from over 77,000 middle-aged men and women who were tracked for a period of 20 years. After adjusting for potential confounding variables (such as age, weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, depression, and intake of nutrients other than flavonoids), researchers discovered that people who consumed the most flavonoids on a daily basis were 19 percent less likely to report difficulties with memory and thinking than those who consumed the least flavonoids on a daily basis. Strawberries, blueberries, peppers, celery, apples, bananas, oranges, and grapefruit were all strongly connected with favorable cognitive impacts. 

The study was observational in nature and cannot definitively demonstrate that flavonoid consumption keeps people sharp as they age. However, smaller studies have discovered comparable associations. Therefore, set a daily goal of five fruits and vegetables. Additionally, aim to eat a rainbow - a more colorful diet is better for your health and possibly your cognition.

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