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Dietary polyphenols associated with longevity in the elderly

Nov 01, 2013

Dietary polyphenols associated with longevity in the elderly

Polyphenols are ingredients found in the healthiest foods including garlic, tea, berries, herbs, vegetables and cocoa. Slight variations in polyphenol structures although sharing many protective benefits across the board, also seem to become more specific for favoring differing regions, organs and anatomical structures of the body. Berries and red grapes are extremely rich sources of powerfully protective polyphenols.

In this study 807 men and women over the age of 65 taking part in the InCHIANTI Study, a study taking place in Tuscany Italy, had their polyphenol intake measured by researchers from the University of Barcelona and were observed for 12 years. Overall mortality was reduced by 30% in elderly participants who consumed polyphenol rich diets. The study is published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.