Carotenoids but not flavonoids are associated with improvements in spatial working memory in younger adults in a flavonoid-rich v. -poor fruit and vegetable intervention study

Anna MacReady, Laurie Butler, Orla Kennedy, Trevor George, Mary Foong-Fong Chong, Julie Lovegrove

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Abstract

Findings from animal studies suggest that components of fruit and vegetables (F&V) may protect against, and even reverse, age-related decline in aspects of cognitive functioning such as spatial working memory (SWM). Human subjects in vivo and in vitro studies indicate that anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and cell-signalling properties of flavonoids and carotenoids, non-nutrient components of F&V, may underpin this protective effect. The Flavonoid University of Reading Study (FLAVURS), designed to explore the dose-response relationship between dietary F&V flavonoids and CVD, enabled the investigation of such an association with SWM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E133
JournalProceedings of the Nutrition Society
Volume70
Issue numberOCE4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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