Dietary Flavonoid Intake and Chronic Sensory Conditions: A Scoping Review

Diana Tang, Yvonne Tran, Giriraj S. Shekhawat, Bamini Gopinath

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Dietary flavonoids have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and vascular health benefits, which align with the proposed pathophysiology of age-related eye conditions and hearing problems (hearing loss and tinnitus). This scoping review is based on Arksey and O’Malley’s six-stage framework and aims to summarise current evidence on the association between the dietary flavonoid intake and chronic sensory conditions in adults, and to identify the research gaps in this area. Eligible studies were identified by searching MEDLINE, EMBASE PsycINFO via the OVID platform, and Google Scholar, as well as manually searching the reference lists of the eligible articles. The inclusion criteria included: articles with full-text access, written in the English language, and focused on chronic sensory conditions and dietary flavonoid intake in an adult population. Studies focused on flavonoid supplements were excluded. Ten studies were included in this review. The evidence suggests that the flavonoid subclass, flavonols, are protective against eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and glaucoma. There is insufficient evidence to support an association with hearing loss or tinnitus. Overall, dietary flavonol intake appears to be protective against some chronic eye conditions. However, for most eye and hearing-related conditions, only one study was identified. Thus, there is a need for more recent high-quality research to be conducted to confirm any significant associations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1214
Number of pages10
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • adult
  • cataract
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • dietary intake
  • flavonoid
  • glaucoma
  • hearing loss
  • macular degeneration
  • tinnitus


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