Regularly eating foods high in flavonoids, like fruits, cruciferous vegetables, and tea, might lower your risk of future heart disease. In a new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, Australian researchers determined that older women who consumed high levels of flavonoids were less likely to develop extensive abdominal aortic calcification. This is a condition in which calcium deposits build up in your abdominal aorta that supplies blood to your abdominal organs and lower extremities. Abdominal aortic calcification increases the risk of dementia, heart attack and stroke. You can get these anti-oxidant flavonoids by consuming more fruits, vegetables, spices, tea, and other plant-based foods.
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