Flavonoids consist of a large family of compounds found and made in plants called polyphenols. Scientists are interested in the potential health benefits of flavonoids associated with diets rich in fruits and vegetables. While higher intakes of flavonoid-rich foods are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic diseases, it is not yet known whether flavonoids themselves are cardioprotective or if other food factors contribute. An amount, specifically of flavonoids or other polyphenols, to consume daily is not readily available. However, the benefits of flavonoid-rich foods can be accomplished by focusing on increased intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those richer in color. Dietary guidelines and recommendations from many sources would put that number at 5-9 servings a day.

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