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In 2015, an international team found flavonoids encourage lower levels of blood fats. In a 5-year survey, higher flavonoid intake was linked to lower levels of triglycerides and a healthier cholesterol ratio.

1 A brand-new study of 170 women reveals another heart-health benefit. Women with a higher flavonoid intake also have stronger antioxidant defenses.

 2 Another study followed 1,658 adults for up to 13 years. Volunteers with the highest intakes of certain flavonoids had a lower risk of heart trouble... and an overall lower risk of death. 3-Doctors in England and Boston recently showed flavonoids can help with "male problems." In a long-term study, they found men who get the highest levels of certain flavonoids are also less likely to have erection problems. 

 4-Flavonoids may also help with another frustrating problem: weight gain. As you've gotten older, there's a good chance your weight has crept up. Most adults slow down as they age, and adding a little extra weight gets easier. But those with a diet high in flavonoids seem to have an advantage. A new study followed 124,000 people for 25 years. Doctors tracked their eating habits. And the volunteers weighed in every 4 years. People with higher levels of flavonoids in their diet were less likely to gain weight. They were more likely to lose it, too. The researchers found the results were similar for most major flavonoid groups.

 5-Flavonoids are abundant in fruits and vegetables. And diets rich in these foods tend to discourage weight gain. But not all flavonoids are created equal.

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