Flavanoids reduce inflammation and protect against type 2 diabetes.

thvfllaFlavanoids refers to the name of compounds found in herbs and vegetables. New published in the reveals that eating high levels of these compounds, also found naturally in berries, tea and chocolate, offers protection from and lowers the level of in the body linked to a number of health conditions. Flavanoids exhibit antioxidant activity protecting against a wide range of health conditions.

The study investigated the flavanoid response in almost 2000 women and found a lower rate which is associated with a higher risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. After a food questionnaire, were analysed for evidence of both glucose regulation and and level of resistance, (high resistance is associated with ).

Prof Aedin Cassidy from UEA’s Norwich Medical School who led the commented on the relevance:

“Our looked at the benefits of eating certain sub-groups of flavanoids. We focused on flavones, which are found in herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme, and celery, and , found in berries, red grapes, wine and other red or blue-coloured fruits and vegetables.
“This is one of the first large-scale human studies to look at how these powerful bioactive compounds might reduce the risk of diabetes. Laboratory studies have shown these types of foods might modulate regulation — affecting the risk of . But until now little has been know about how habitual intakes might affect resistance, regulation and in humans.”
“We found that those who consumed plenty of and flavones had lower resistance. High resistance is associated with , so what we are seeing is that people who eat foods rich in these two compounds — such as berries, herbs, red grapes, wine- are less likely to develop the disease.
“We also found that those who ate the most were least likely to suffer chronic — which is associated with many of today’s most pressing including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
“And those who consumed the most flavone compounds had improved levels of a (adiponectin) which helps regulate a number of metabolic processes including glucose levels.
“What we don’t yet know is exactly how much of these compounds are necessary to potentially reduce the risk of ,” Prof. Cassidy added.


Jennings A, Welch AA, Spector T, Macgregor A, and Cassidy A. Intakes of and Flavones Are Associated with Biomarkers of Resistance and in Women. , January 2014

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