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Relative impact of flavonoid composition, dose and structure on vascular function: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials of flavonoid-rich food products.
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PMID:  22996837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
SCOPE: Previous systematic reviews suggest beneficial effects of flavonoids on biomarkers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, but have overlooked the impact of dose response or food complexity. The aim of the present study was to examine the relative impact of composition, flavonoid structure and dose. METHODS AND RESULTS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane were searched for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of flavonoids or flavonoid-rich foods/extracts. Flavonoid composition was established using United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Phenol-Explorer databases. Effects of six flavonoid subgroups on endothelial function (flow-mediated dilation; FMD), and systolic and diastolic blood pressures were assessed by random effects meta-analyses and regression analyses. Meta-analyses of combined flavonoid subclasses showed significant improvements in FMD (chronic, 0.73% (0.17, 1.30) 14 RCTs; acute, 2.33% (1.58, 3.08) 18 RCTs) and blood pressures (systolic, -1.46 mmHg (-2.38, -0.53) 63 RCTs; diastolic, -1.25 mmHg (-1.82, -0.67) 63 RCTs). Similar benefits were observed for the flavan-3-ol, catechol flavonoids (catechins, quercetin, cyanidin etc.), procyanidins, epicatechin and catechin subgroups. Dose-response relationships were non-linear for FMD (R(2) ≤ 0.30), with greater associations observed when applying polynomial regression analyses (R(2) ≤ 0.72); there was no indication of a dose response for blood pressure. CONCLUSION: The present analysis suggests that flavonoid bioactivity does not follow a classical linear dose-response association and this may have important biological implications.
Colin D Kay; Lee Hooper; Paul A Kroon; Eric B Rimm; Aedín Cassidy
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Molecular nutrition & food research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1613-4133     ISO Abbreviation:  Mol Nutr Food Res     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101231818     Medline TA:  Mol Nutr Food Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Department of Nutrition, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK.
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