What do blueberries, spinach and dark chocolate have in common?
They’re all rich in flavonoids, the chemical compounds found in plants that give them color – and medicinal powers. Research shows flavonoids provide a wide range of health benefits, from fighting cancer and lowering the risk for heart disease to preserving brain function. They’ve even been used to fight wrinkles.
“The key reason flavonoids are good for us is they have anti-inflammatory effects and are antioxidants,” said Kristina Petersen, an assistant professor in the department of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.