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  • November 11, 2014 Emma McGowan

    Flavonoid-Rich Foods May Aid Healthy Aging in Women

    As our bodies age, they become more susceptible to chronic disease and health conditions. A recent study suggests that eating more flavonoid-rich foods may help women increase the probability of healthy aging. Participants in the study included 13,818 women who...

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  • September 10, 2014 Sarah McGowan-Freije

    Flavanols May Lower Risk of Ovarian Cancer

    Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.  A recent study suggests that regularly consuming flavanols and flavanone bioactive compounds that are usually found in tea, citrus, fruit, and fruit juices may lower the...

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  • June 23, 2014 Emma McGowan

    Flavanols from Grape Seed May Improve Blood Vessel Functioning

    A recent study suggests that taking a daily supplement of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) from grape seed may alter gene expression that is associated with cardiovascular disease. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins are the larger, simpler polyphenols that are also referred to as flavanols....

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  • November 10, 2013 Sarah McGowan-Freije

    Chocolate Consumption Linked to Lower BMI

    Chocolate is often times viewed as a sweet treat that has little nutritional value and that can result in weight gain. A recent study found, however, that European teens that ate high amounts of chocolate had lower body mass indexes...

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  • August 13, 2013 Emma McGowan

    Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Suicide Rate

    A recent study conducted by Harvard researchers suggests that there may be a association between drinking two to three cups of coffee daily and a 45% lower risk of suicide. The researchers attribute this to the fact that that coffee...

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  • June 13, 2013 Sarah McGowan-Freije

    Licorice Derived Flavonoids May Fight Bacterial Gut Infection

    A new flavonoid-rich supplement derived from licorice may significantly lower levels of Helicobactor pylori (H. pylori), a bacteria that has been shown to cause ulcers and, in some cases, stomach cancer. Participants in the study included 100 individuals who had...

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  • May 23, 2013 Sarah McGowan-Freije

    Improve Your Mood with the Flavanols in Dark Chocolate

    More and more studies are showing that chocolate eaten in moderation may have significant health benefits. Most recently, researchers have found that antioxidants in chocolate known as flavanols may improve mood. Contrary to previous research, however, there were no noted...

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