A recent study found an increase in cognitive function (brain power) and brain blood flow in healthy adults after 12 weeks of concentrated blueberry intake. This study focused on blueberries because they are high in flavonoids which reduces age-related cognitive decline and found that even in a short term study, the high-flavonoid ingredient proved to be effect at increasing cognitive function.
Flavonols are high concentrations of antioxidants found in several plant-based foods and beverages. Depending on their structure, flavonols are classified as flavonoids which include the following compounds: quercitin, kaempferol, and myricetin.
High concentrations of flavonols can be found in apples, apricots, beans, broccoli, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, cranberries, blueberries and more. (They can also be found in tea, cocoa (ie. dark chocolate) and wine!)
Flavonols seem to improve blood flow to the brain and help to facilitate cognitive function while protecting cells from toxins and the negative effects of inflammation. These antioxidants, also known as “vitamin-P” have several other functions as well; cancer prevention, lower blood pressure, improved nervous system function. The list goes on.
What smoothie should you order to get the most flavonols in your diet at a smoothie bar? Our experts recommend a Triple Berry smoothie, a Veggie Boost and a scoop of chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla.
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