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Bioflavonoids - Their Benefits and How to Include them in your Diet

Bioflavonoids or flavonoids (formerly called vitamin P) are the groups of plant pigments that can be found in many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. In concentrated forms, bioflavonoids, are found in wine, tea, and some soy products. Bioflavonoids are water soluble. There are thousands of bioflavonoids that have been identified.

Individuals who add fruits and vegetables to their diet will be receiving adequate amounts of bioflavonoids. The daily recommended serving of fruits and vegetables is five servings. Choosing produce that has the most vibrant colors will give you the best sources of bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids enhance the absorption of vitamin C so they should be taken together.

Research shows that bioflavonoids enhance our health. Bioflavonoids can help reduce the risk of cancer and many flavonoids strengthen capillaries, connective tissue and blood vessel walls. This helps reduce hemorrhages and ruptures which lead to spider and varicose veins, as well as bruises.

If you are suffering from muscle aches or bruises you should consume something with bioflavonoids. Why? Consuming something that contains bioflavonoids will not only keep your muscles and joints healthy they will also cause the bruises in those specific areas to heal faster. Flavonoids are effective pain relievers and they are also anti-inflammatory. They are used often to alleviate sports injuries.

One of the most significant benefits of bioflavonoids is their antioxidant properties. A common bioflavonoid, Quercetin, is a powerful antioxidant, It effectively blocks agents such as LDL (bad cholesterol) from causing oxidative damage to the body. Quercetin, may also offer benefits to those suffering from diabetes. Other bioflavonoids, such as anthocyanidins, found in bilberry, purple cabbage, and grapes, can possibly protect the eyes from developing cataracts.

Consumption of bioflavonoids appears to be safe even at high doses; however, pregnant women should not to take large doses of bioflavonoids. Studies have shown that there might be a connection between infant leukemia and excessive doses of bioflavonoids in the mother. Since our bodies cannot produce bioflavonoids it is important that we add them to our diet. In doing so we can improve our health.

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