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The thinking on flavonoids

October 01, 2020

These plant chemicals, found in most fruits and vegetables, may play an important role in cognitive fitness and dementia prevention.


Science already touts the heart-health benefits of plant-based diets like the Mediterranean, MIND, and DASH diets. Now researchers have turned their attention to how plant-based eating also may prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.

And one class of nutrients in plants continues to stand out: flavonoids. "The more we learn about flavonoids' role in health, the more we find that they may have far-reaching potential in helping to protect an aging brain," says Dr. Tian-Shin Yeh, a researcher in the area of diet and cognitive function with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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