Flavonoids in Foods Like Apples and Green Tea Can Protect Against Cancer, Heart Disease.
An apple in a day could help keep cancer and heart disease away, and same applied to the other foods such as green tea, that are rich in flavonoids. These are plant nutrients known to reduce inflammation and act as potent antioxidants.
- People who ate more flavonoid-rich foods were less likely to die of cancer and heart disease than those who ate fewer such foods, according to the reports.
- Researchers say foods rich in flavonoids, such as apples and green tea, can reduce your risk for cancer and heart disease.
- The research indicated that consuming 500 milligrams of flavonoids per day reduced the risk of disease.
- Additional flavonoid consumption didn’t lower the risk of heart disease more, but extra flavonoids did decrease the risk of cancer more.
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The study found that consuming about 500 milligrams (mg) of flavonoids daily seemed to provide the greatest protection against disease.
No added protection against heart disease or all-cause mortality was observed for nonsmokers and moderate drinkers who consumed a higher level of flavonoids.
However, protection against cancer seemed to increase for up to 1,000 mg of flavonoids consumed daily.
More than 6,000 compounds found in plant-based foods have been identified as flavonoids.
“Flavonoids have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and improve blood vessel function, which may explain why they are associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease and cancer”.
A 2017 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology also found that flavonoids seem to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.