Flavonoids are a class of polyphenolic compounds found in plants and are an essential part of the human diet. According to WebMD, flavonoids are extremely beneficial to the human body and consist of six primary types.
All of the aforementioned primary flavonoid types have distinct health benefits, but the best way to obtain all six types is through the consumption of specific fruits and vegetables.
As previously mentioned, flavonoids are beneficial to the body in a variety of ways, and studies have demonstrated that their effects on health include a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, including breast, lung, and prostate cancers.
Flavonoids play important roles in disease prevention due to their anti-inflammatory properties, which protect body cells from the oxidative damage that causes disease. Their antioxidant components are also known to aid in preventing diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.
Fortunately, flavonoids are abundant in many of the plant-based foods we regularly consume. Increased consumption of these foods can aid in the prevention of several of the aforementioned health issues, particularly diabetes and cancer.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries all contain varying quantities of flavonoids. Blackberries are particularly potent because they contain all six types of flavonoids. Additionally, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries contain flavonoids, with strawberries also containing moderate amounts of anthocyanidins.
2. Red cabbage
Anthocyanidins are one of the primary types of flavonoids, and according to WebMD, red cabbage contains a high concentration of anthocyanidins, which are known to protect the body against diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and age-related cognitive disorders. Therefore, when you consume more red cabbage, your body has greater access to this primary type.
In addition to their impressive nutrient profile and ability to add flavor to foods, onions are also a rich source of flavonols, which are an additional important flavonoid type. Studies have demonstrated that flavonols significantly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Kale is a popular dark, leafy green vegetable that is especially rich in numerous essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and flavonols. You can incorporate kale into your diet by incorporating it into soups and stews, as well as smoothies and salads.
The majority of the tea you drink contains flavonoids. The health benefits of flavonols include the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the promotion of cognitive health, and they are present in high concentrations in both green and black teas.
6. Dark chocolate
Because of its impressive nutrient profile and accompanying health benefits, dark chocolate is frequently touted and recommended more than white chocolate. One of its essential nutrients is flavanol, which enhances brain function and protects the heart against disease.
8. Citrus fruits
Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, and limes are among the most popular citrus fruits, and a high intake of these fruits is advised due to their high flavanone content. According to studies, the concentrated form of flavanones is produced when these fruits are juiced. Fresh lemon or lime juice can also be squeezed into the water to achieve the same health benefits.
Soybeans are one of the best sources of isoflavones, which have been associated with enhanced protection against reproductive cancers such as breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancers.
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