Fabulous Flavonoids! Phenomenal Polyphenols! In the press, we are mostly encouraged to eat colorful fruits and vegetables, but many flavonoids and polyphenols not associated with pigments can be overlooked. This is the real news, though: researchers are having a field day exploring time-honored, natural treatments in scientifically designed studies. True, they may not be pharmaceutical-grade studies, but their methods, results, and conclusions are compelling nonetheless. Get to know the key ones better and the studies that affirm their bioactive benefits — especially in maintaining the brain’s neural plasticity and the cardiovascular system’s function. Flavonoids may be part of the antidote to the Standard American Diet — which is, after all, rather SAD — and may decrease the chronic inflammation or “inflammaging” that gradually plagues us all. Samples will be provided.
John Chamberlain is a Retired Lexington English teacher and writer with a passion for nutrition.