Upgrade: 5 foods to start eating now if you want to live a longer life

It’s true: An apple a day may keep the doctor away.

At least, if you combine it with other flavonoid-rich foods and beverages.

A study of more than 53,000 Danish adults over 23 years released Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications reveals that consuming items containing flavonoids — a type of plant-based bioactive compound — may reduce your risk of dying from heart disease and cancer. This was particularly true of people who smoked and drank more than two alcoholic beverages a day.

“These findings are important as they highlight the potential to prevent cancer and heart disease by encouraging the consumption of flavonoid-rich foods, particularly in people at high risk of these chronic diseases,” lead researcher Dr Nicola Bondonno said in a statement.

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