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Flavonoids help maintain body weight in women.

High intake of flavones, flavonols, and catechins help maintain body weight in women. * These flavonoids are phytochemicals found in plant-derived foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, wine, tea, herbs, and spices.


The findings were derived from 4,280 men and women in the Netherlands who were questioned about food intake and lifestyle factors and then monitored for body mass index (BMI) over time. After 14 years of follow-up, BMI increased in both women and men. However, the increase in BMI was significantly smaller among the women with the highest intake of flavones, flavonols, and catechins (compared with the lowest intake). No effect of the phytochemicals was found in men.

The favorable effects of flavonoids on weight control in women, say the authors, "may have important public health implications because even moderate elevations in BMI and body weight over a long period of time have been shown to increase disease risk."

--Laura J. Ninger, ELS


* Hughes LA, Arts IC, Ambergen T, et al; Netherlands Cohort Study. Higher dietary flavone, flavonol, and catechin intakes are associated with less of an increase in BMI over time in women: a longitudinal analysis from the Netherlands Cohort Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Nov;88(5):1341-52.
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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Author:Ninger, Laura J.
Publication:Life Extension
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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