A recent study by the American Academy of Neurology reveals that in addition to physical activity and not smoking, eating foods containing flavonoids can slow cognitive decline. People who ate about .02 ounces of flavonoids per day had a 20% lower risk of cognitive decline that people who ate only .005 ounces per day.
Flavonoids, found in fruits and vegetables, are compounds with powerful antioxidant abilities. Flavonoids help protect the vital blood supply to the brain, an important contributor to cognitive decline which can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers stress there isn’t a specific number of flavonoids people should eat each day, and they shouldn’t be counted or measured.
Here are some sources of flavonoids.
- Dark chocolate