Low Flavonoid Intake Linked to Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a recent study, conducted by researchers from Tufts University’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging in Medford, US, people who consume insufficient amounts of flavonoid-rich foods, like berries, apples, and tea, are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.Low Flavonoid Intake Linked to Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

For the study purposes, a team of scientists analyzed the intake of six different types of flavonoids among 2,801 people. They measured flavonoid intake with the help of dietary questionnaires which the participants had to fill out approximately every 4 years.

Researchers determined eating one apple and drinking no tea in 1 month as “low intake” of flavonoids, and eating about 7.5 cups of berries, 8 apples pears and drinking 19 cups of teas as “high intake”.

Study author Dr. Paul Jacques, a nutritional epidemiologist, says: “The risk of dementia really starts to increase over age 70, and the take-home message is when you are approaching 50 or just beyond, you should start thinking about a [more healthful] diet if you haven’t already.”

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