Another reason to eat your fruits and vegetables!

I have written numerous blogs about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, usually focusing on the reasons and the sources. While another recent study has showed that eating your fruits and vegetables may be good for warding off Alzheimer’s. 

Flavanols is a large class of compounds that are found in most fruits and vegetables. This recent study shows that flavanols may be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Flavanols are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects (which I have stressed in previous blogs), and animal studies have suggested they may improve memory and learning.

There are different types of flavanols:  The study covered four types of flavanols: kaempferol, quercetin, isorhamnetin and myricetin. All except quercetin showed a strong association with Alzheimer’s risk reduction. You can get flavanols as supplements, but I recommend that you eat a solid, well-balanced diet that will give you a more balanced diet with more vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients including those that will help ward off various diseases.