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Nutritional Outlook, September 2013

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Cognitive Health A close look at favonoids shows their multiple actions against dementia. BY IRFAN QURESHI, ND 32 magenta cyan yellow black into the development of dementia and related conditions suggest that individuals with the highest dietary intake of fruits and vegetables are conferred a measure of protection against the development of cognitive dysfunction. Tese plant-based foods are an abundant source of polyphenols, organic plant compounds that have been researched for their ability to confer health benefts. Among the polyphenols, a particular class known as favonoids are of great interest. Because favonoids have been found to have signifcant biological efects, exploring their benefts in the realm of cognitive health is an exciting area of emerging research. SEPTEMBER 2013 ■ KONE /ISTOCKPHOTO.COM; SELVANEGRA/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM T he prevalence of dementia and related conditions continues to rise. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and between 10 and 20% of Americans over age 65 are estimated to sufer from mild cognitive impairment, with many of these individuals at risk for developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Given this dire state and the lack of universally efective treatment options, it is prudent to consider addressing these conditions through a multi-pronged approach that includes not just pharmaceutical approaches and lifestyle changes, but dietary intervention too. Several investigations NUTRITIONAL OUTLOOK ES315727_NO1309_032.pgs 09.04.2013 04:17 UBM

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