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March 6, 2014 • Healthy Living

Foods for Healthy Aging

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The health credentials of plant foods high in flavonoids just got a big boost, this time for promoting healthy aging.

Researchers from the esteemed and powerful Harvard Nurse’s Health study carefully monitored the diets of 13,818 women from their late fifties through their mid-sixties. Women with the highest dietary intakes of flavonoids had the greatest odds of reaching older age in good health. Good health was defined as “no major chronic diseases or major impairments in cognitive or physical function or mental health.”

The researchers noted that women with the largest dietary intakes of flavonoids increased their chances of healthy aging by about 25 percent. Flavonoids are plant compounds with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power – two attributes that offer broad-spectrum disease protection and anti-aging benefits.

Click here to see the list of foods highest in flavonoids.


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