Proof that preventing disease doesn’t require deprivation

iStock_000017273869_Fullfrom the OmniVista Health Learning News Desk

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition surveyed 2,000 women on their daily flavonoid intake.

Results showed that a diet rich in flavonoids—the same compounds that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors—can lower insulin resistance and improve blood sugar control.

But that’s not all. It can also slash inflammation levels. And inflammation is a major smoking gun behind every chronic, deadly disease in the book.

So go ahead and indulge with a big bowl of strawberries. Cook with fresh herbs by the handful. And by all means, indulge in some rich, dark chocolate whenever you have the chance. (The darker the better, of course.)

Because these flavonoid-packed foods aren’t just delicious. They’ll beat back disease with every bite, too.

SOURCE:

“Intakes of Anthocyanins and Flavones Are Associated with Biomarkers of Insulin Resistance and Inflammation in Women.” J Nutr. 2014 Feb;144(2):202-8.