Flavonols may protect against vascular disease in women
by Newsletter Editor
Flavonols, the antioxidants in many fruits and vegetables, appear to protect the heart and vascular system. In this study, researchers measured flavonols in the diets of 1,063 women over age 75 and followed up for five years. Compared to those with the lowest levels, women with the highest levels of flavonols in the diet were 73 percent less likely to have died from vascular diseases over the five-year period. Researchers found similar benefits for flavonols from all foods, including teas, and said that diets high in flavonols from any source may help reduce chances of stroke and vascular disease, and may work together for better heart health.