polyphenols reduce risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and from any cause

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, eating more of this ingredient might keep the grim reaper away!

There are many reasons why a diet focussed on plant foods makes you live longer. One is that it is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are a class of flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that are also anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic. Some of the most well-known and powerful flavonoids are those found in green tea, red wine and dark chocolate.

This large study wanted to see what effect eating more polyphenols had on lifespan, so it followed 21,302 people for a little over 8 years to see what that did to mortality rate. They looked at several flavonoids, including isoflavones, anthocyanins and lignans. Flax is rich in lignans, dark blue and purple berries are rich in anthocyanins, soy is rich isolfavones and dark chocolate is one of the best source of flavonoids of them all.

The study found that people who got the most of various classes of polyphenols had significantly lower risk of death from any cause during the study compared to those with the least polyphenols in their diet. Their risk of death from both cancer and cardiocerebrovascular causes was significantly lower.

This study shows that people who get the most polyphenols in their diet have lower rates of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and of death from any cause.

Nutrition 2017;48:87-95

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