The neuroprotective potential of flavonoids: A multiplicity of effects

Synopsis:

  • Flavonoids offer neuroprotective actions within the brain
  • They have the potential to protect neurons against injury induced by neurotoxins
  • They have the ability to suppress neuroinflammation, which is believed to play a crucial role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases 
  • Strong evidence that flavonoids promote memory, learning and cognitive function
  • Flavonoids interact to inhibit cell death triggered by neurotoxic species and to promote neuronal integrity 
  • They induce beneficial effects on the vascular system and improve blood flow to the brain
  • Flavonoid-rich food hold the potential to limit neurodegeneration and to prevent or reverse age-dependent losses in cognitive performance

Genes Nutrition, 3:115-126 (2008)