Enjoying some of your favorite fruits, veggies, and drinks won’t just perk up your palate. Thanks to the levels of antioxidants known as flavonoids found in certain plant-based foods and drinks, they’ll also help you live a longer life.
A study published in Nature Communications observed 56,048 people for 23 years, taking note of their health and diet. Those who consumed more flavonoid-rich foods showed a 17 percent reduced risk for overall mortality, a 15 percent reduced risk of heart disease death, and 20 percent reduced risk of dying from cancer.
The sweet spot seemed to be getting about 500 milligrams of flavonoids a day for those who were already in good health. Those participants plateaued, meaning that consuming any more flavonoids wasn’t especially beneficial. Those who smoke cigarettes or drink heavily, however, showed a continued benefit from even more flavonoids in a day. We all know smoking and drinking can negatively affect our health, so it make sense that someone would need a little extra help to counteract them. In those cases, eating more flavonoid-rich food is definitely encouraged.
And the best part of this news? All of the delicious options for flavonoid-rich foods and drinks!
Take a look below to see some of the highest sources of flavonoids you can add to your daily meals for a long, happy, and healthy life.
Sipping on a large cup of fresh squeezed OJ can help you get a big chunk of your daily flavonoids.
Flavonoids per cup: 42.5 mg
Or you can sip on some satisfying lemonade instead.
Flavonoids per cup: 49.3 mg
Yet another reason to go ahead and indulge on this treat!
Flavonoids per cup: 108.6 mg
Tea drinkers might get all the flavonoids they need just by keeping themselves caffeinated.
Flavonoids per cup: 109.4
They really do help keep the doctor away!
Flavonoids per cup: 127.7 mg
This might have less caffeine than black tea, but will give you a better flavonoid boost.
Flavonoids per cup: 132.7 mg
Add some of this delightfully sweet fruit to your breakfasts or desserts for a healthy boost.
Flavonoids per cup: 141.7 mg
These berries pack the biggest flavonoid punch when it comes to fruit.
Flavonoids per cup: 174.2 mg
Whether it's raw or pickled, this hearty veg can help you live a long life.
Flavonoids per cup: 209.8 mg
Sipping on one (or two) glasses of a shiraz or cab can help you wind down and get almost all of the recommended amount of flavonoids for the day.
Flavonoids per cup: 231.3 mg
Most recipes call for much less than a cup of cinnamon, but even small amounts will clearly give you a significant boost in flavonoids.
Flavonoids per cup: over 7,000 mg