Lifestyle Magazine | Apples and tea against cancer and cardiovascular diseases

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the flavonoids they belong to the family of polyphenols, molecules appreciated for their antioxidant virtues.

Antioxidant virtues

Flavonoids are found primarily in apples or herbal drinks and are known to protect against various chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancer.

An idea just confirmed by scientists at Edith Cowan University in Australia. And this by evaluating the diets of 53,048 people for 23 years.

Also good for the public at risk

But, a new element, this virtue would also be valid for a public at risk like smokers or drinkers.

In fact, according to the authors, "alcohol consumption and smoking increase inflammation and damage blood vessels. Flavonoids have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and improve the function of blood vessels."

"It does not reduce the risk to zero"

Of course, scientists do not see the consumption of flavonoid-rich products as an excuse to continue drinking or smoking. "It does not reduce the risk to zero," they explain. "But that could be a innovative way to mitigate the dangerencouraging people to quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.

How many flavonoids a day?

The researchers found that the participants consume about 500 mg Flavonoids every day had the lowest risk of death from cancer or heart disease.

"It is important to consume different varieties of flavonoids," they conclude. "This is easily accessible from the diet: a cup of tea, an apple, an orange, 100 g of blueberries and 100 g of broccoli would lead to more than 500 mg each day."

By Vincent Roche (In collaboration with Destination Santé) |
Published 25/08/2019 at 20:00
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