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A World Of Bioflavonoids

Flavonoids, or more precisely known as bioflavonoids, are vitamin substances that enhance the effect of Vitamin C. This is accomplished by producing an improvement in its absorption, as well as providing protection against oxidation. This class of vitamins, also known as vitamin P can be easily availed in several fruits, especially its edible pulp. Broccoli, green pepper, and even red wine can provide the body with flavonoids.

Flavonoids are considered to be plant pigments that are easily dissolved in water. Although not that essential to the body, they provide several beneficial effects on the body such as protection from inflammation. It also acts as an antiviral agent and an antihistaminic substance. It can even alleviate some symptoms of diabetes through inhibiting the sorbitol pathway. Bioflavonoids also play a role in the protection of blood vessels as well as causing a reduction in platelet aggregation, therefore thinning the blood and acting as a natural blood thinner.

Bioflavonoids also act as antioxidants. An example of this is quercetin, which is responsible in protecting the LDL cholesterol from the damage of oxidation. Another example is the anthocyanidins that are derived from bilberry that gives protection from cataract for the lens of the eyes. Naringenin, another bioflavonoid is seen to be active in the treatment of cancer.

Bioflavonoids act in the body through the promotion of the health and strength of blood vessels, from the largest aorta down to the smallest capillaries. It also prevents the accumulation of plaque in the arterial walls that may cause atherosclerosis. Flavonoids also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties against the histamines that may cause allergic reactions. It can also add protection from bacterial infection and other diseases of the blood vessel.

Through flavonoids, the blood pressure is lowered through the relaxation of smooth muscles found in the heart and blood vessels. The growth of tumors is also inhibited. Bioflavonoids also exhibit activity that is similar to estrogen activity. It can also prevent the occurrence of miscarriages, nosebleed, hemorrhoids, capillary fragility, and retinal bleeding in patients afflicted with hypertension and diabetes. It can also perpetuate the decrease in blood cholesterol levels.

Bioflavonoids are found to exist in several food products including fruits such as apricots, blackcurrants, bilberry, cherries, citrus fruits and grapes. Vegetables and herbs like broccoli, buckwheat, gingko, green pepper, hawthorn, milk thistle, onions, tomatoes, rose hips and yarrow contain bioflavonoids as well as several drinks like green tea and red wine.

Although supplements of bioflavonoids are not needed by the body for the prevention of the deficiencies related with bioflavonoids, especially if a healthy diet is maintained, some doctors suggest taking 1,000mg citrus bioflavonoids or about 400mg quercetin.

Bioflavonoids produce no side effects or adverse interactions with other substances. It is quite safe to take, although it is always suggested to consult a doctor before taking any vitamin supplements especially when taking a regimen of medications to treat certain illnesses. An exception to this is cianidanol which is a bioflavonoid not found in vitamin supplements. Refrigeration is recommended for storage of bioflavonoids.