Flavonoids are proven to be superstars for healing or preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease– predicted to affect over 13 million Americans by 2050.
Aging is the major risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases, with oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction being the main drivers.
And, flavonoids are proving to be effective in mitigating or preventing risks associated with abnormal aging.
One of the most powerful flavonoids, which are often found in citrus fruits and certain vegetables, is quercetin.
Quercetin, a compound that is found in the skin and leaves of plants, is a phytochemical that helps improve circulation and reduce inflammation– protecting brain cells from toxins.
Fruits closest to direct sunlight (apples tall in the tree) often contain high amounts as light from the sun stimulates the production of quercetin.
Foods high in quercetin include:
– Cherry tomatoes
Quercetin can also be found in red wine, black tea, green tea, herbs (ginkgo biloba) or in a supplement form.
Learn more about quercetin and its effects on reversing lipopolysaccharides (LPS)– major contributors of neuroinflammation and synaptic/memory dysfunction, here.
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