High intake of berries, apples, and tea linked to lower dementia risk

Plants are loaded with naturally occurring chemicals that appear to help health. And high, long-term intakes of certain kinds of plant chemicals called flavonoids are associated with a reduced risk for developing dementia, according to a study published online April 22, 2020, by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers evaluated the health information of 2,800 dementia-free people (average age 59) who periodically underwent physical exams, had lab tests, and answered diet questionnaires. After 20 years, people who had reported the highest flavonoid intake were about 40% less likely to develop dementia, compared with people who’d reported the lowest intake.

There are many different types of flavonoids; those with the greatest link to lower dementia risk came from tea, apples, pears, blueberries, and strawberries. A high intake was about the same as having 7.5 cups of berries, eight apples or pears, and 19 cups of tea per month.

A low intake was about the same as having no berries or tea and less than two apples per month. The study was observational and doesn’t prove that high flavonoid intake protected people from developing dementia. But researchers say other evidence suggests flavonoids may ward off brain inflammation and protect brain cells.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1Corinthians 13:2 NIV

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16  NIV 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word. Ephesians 5:25-26  NIV 

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12 | NIV 

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10  NIV

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5  NIV

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.1 John 4:12 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 

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