So it’s not as catchy as “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but still, you will likely remember this much more easily after you read that stupid rhyme on top, namely, that a higher intake of foods high in a naturally occurring compound called flavonoids was linked in a just-released study (yet another offshoot of the famous Nurses Health Study and the not-as-famous but still very rigorously done Health Professionals Follow-Up Study) published in the journal Neurology to a lower incidence of eventual dementia.
Overall, say these researchers, regular daily intake of flavonoids in this study population of over 77,000 adults reduced the eventual risk of dementia by about 20 %, and those people who consumed higher daily amounts of a particular form of flavonoids called (very trickily) flavones, which are found in higher amounts in yellow or orange fruits and veggies, had a 38% reduction in risk of cognitive decline.
And if you don’t particularly like yellow veggies and fruits (but I ask you: what kind of person doesn’t like mangoes and papayas and oranges?), there’s a way around that because another type of flavonoid, called anthocyanins, which is found in darker fruits such as cherries, blueberries and blackberries was linked to a 24% reduced risk of cognitive decline.
Easy bottom line: An apple a day keeps dementia at bay.
Orange you glad I told you that?